Small packs a punch!

Micro is all the buzz, although cell phones seem to get bigger, food portions are getting smaller. Just visit any well-run restaurant and you will see. Big plates filled with small dots and brushes of liquified coloured concoctions, baby peas resting on a slice of pink salmon, sprinkles of micro greens of all types of vegetables. You definitely don’t need to be a foodie, or spend a fortune to taste these little micro greens that have taken over the culinary world – and to understand their value. You can grow your own and turn that drab plate into something spectacular! And get all the nutrients!

micro greens

All you need is:

Wide mouth, shallow pot or seedling tray (if you have the budget, invest in a little unheated propagator or greenhouse, those you pop on the windowsill)

A good seedling mix (or make up your own: 1 block palm peat and 2 scoops of vermiculite)

And seeds! You can purchase a ready mix of microgreen seed or mix up your leftover seeds together and create a surprise for your taste buds (remember, only edibles please.)

micro greens

What’s next:

    1. Make sure your container has drainage holes, add pebbles to the bottom. Your sprouts will not enjoy wet feet. Fill your container with your seedling mix.
    1. Firm down the soil (not too firm as seedlings need loose soil for good root development) You can use a wooden trowel or just a piece of level wood to do this.
    1. In a different container, mix your seeds with a bit of flour, you can substitute flour for mealie meal or sand. This bulks up the seed and as you sow, you know where the seeds land.
    1. When your seeds are sown, cover them with a 5mm layer of vermiculite.
    1. Water well every day until germination, reduce watering thereafter.
  1. When seeds reach a height of 3-5cm, you can start harvesting.

Hint: Sowing in succession will ensure that you always have Micro Greens.

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