Grow your own mini greens

Good’s gardening expert Kath Irvine explains how to grow your own mini greens that result in bursts of delicious nourishment 

Even though I have a huge vege patch, I grow a lot of microgreens, especially through the hottest and coldest times of the year when it’s hard too grow salads outside. Microgreens are such a breeze to grow, that if it’s the only gardening you do, it’s the one to try. There’s no heavy lifting, no bending and no expertise needed. Microgreens take very little time and you don’t even need any land! 

These tiny saladings burst with nourishment – especially red leaves, containing 4-6 times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plants. 

From seed to harvest in 7-14 days, it’s the quickest garden you’ll ever grow – possibly the most nourishing, too. 

Sow a couple of new pots each week and you’ll never run out. They all mature at different rates, so it’s best to keep varieties seperate. 

Any leafy plant has potential. Peas (pea shoots are super delicious!), radish, cress, kale, amaranth, red or green cabbage, mustard, lettuce, basil, rocket, coriander, chard, beetroot – let your imagination fly. 

Tiny microgreens burst with nourishment, with 4-6 times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plants – and they’re ready to harvest in 7-14 days 

Tips for growing your own mini greens: 

  • Fill a pot or tray with 5cm of potting mix. Tamp the soil down with your fingers so it’s nice and firm. 
  • Sprinkle a dense covering of seeds over the top.
  • Soak the pot in a shallow tray of water until it’s nicely moist. 
  • Lay a paper towel on top and keep it out of direct sunlight until the seeds sprout
  • Once the seeds have sprouted and put some roots down the paper towel will peel away easily. If not, then leave the towel on until it does. Move your tray into the light. 
  • Keep moist with a spray bottle or misting option on your hose. 
  • You can harvest your greens at any stage. Nibble on them as they grow and try them out, have a play! It’s normally recommended to harvest at the four leaf stage, but a bit earlier or quite a lot later is perfectly fine as well. 
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