A Beginner’s Guide to Microgreens

Microgreens have exploded in popularity and are a great source of nutrients and phytochemicals. They’re also easy to grow at home! Learn how with our simple beginner's guide to microgreens.

Microgreens are baby herbs and vegetables that are harvested just after they begin to grow their first set of “true” leaves. Popular varieties include broccoli, radish, kale, arugula, and more.

What Are Microgreens?

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Microgreens are rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Specifically, they have concentrated sources of iron, vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, potassium, calcium, and anthocyanin antioxidants (1).

Benefits of Microgreens

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1. Gather Materials

To successfully grow microgreens at home, you'll need: Seeds, a container with a cover, potting soil or grow mats, and a spray bottle.

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Growing Microgreens at Home

Optionally, you can soak your seeds in water for 6-8 hours. It’s a good idea for larger seeds like peas or seeds with a very hard outer coating like lentils or coriander/cilantro.

2. Soak Seeds

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Place the growing medium in your chosen container and moisten it with water using the spray bottle. If you’re using potting soil, you only need a thin layer.

3. Prep Growing Medium

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