Growing Greens Indoor
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This is a post in response to our readers inquiring information about how to grow microgreens and sprouts indoor. Allow me to share some wonderful videos I’ve come across in the past on the subject of a specific type of microgreens, the sprouts, starting in the video below, published on March 25, 2021, “#35 Grow Vegetables Indoors: Microgreens & Sprouts – From Seed to Harvest“, below:
As awareness for healthy food is growing, growing our own garden is the first step toward healthy living. Growing sprouts and microgreens would enable People living in the cities or those without a yard to also share the pleasure of having a healthy garden. The difference between sprouts and other microgreens is that sprouts do not require the presence of soil and can be grown in glass sprouting jar, terra cotta sprout tower, in a food container or in milk carton, providing much high concentration of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Since there is no soil, so even the roots can be eaten, providing much nutrients. Sprouts also do not require as much daylight and can be harvested in 3-7 days after sowing. The later one harvests, the less intense the flavor would be. Many people find window sills (or a warm and bright space without direct sunlight) to be good places for indoor garden. Ideal growing temperature is between 18-22 degree C.
Steps for sprouting in a terra cotta tower (sprouts for salads, broccoli, beans, peas, red cabbage, radishes, cauliflower, mint, basil, dill, coriander are quite suitable) listed below:
- Seeds should be washed and soaked overnight or for few hours prior to sowing
- Place a sheet of paper towel in each tray/container to ensure that the seeds get some moisture & small seeds would not slip through the holes in the container
- Spread seeds generously on paper
- Water the top container or tower 2-3 times daily
Mung bean seeds taste better if grown in sprouting glass jars (for 1 liter jar, use 70-80 gram mung bean seeds so mung bean sprouts will be short but meatier). Soak mung bean seeds in water for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day and store the glass jar in a dark place or covered up. Mung bean seeds may also be grown in a milk carton (be sure to clean the milk carton thoroughly before use). Again, mung bean seeds into the milk carton, then pour in water and soak for 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day (please refer to the video above).
Microgreens and sprouts are full of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals and are particularly easy to digest because carbohydrates, proteins and fats are broken down into their individual components. Some studies said the nutritional value of microgreens is four to forty times higher than their mature versions. So stay with me to create 10 simple dishes with microgreens & sprouts today, in the video published on April 1, 2021, “#36 Ten Simple Microgreens & Sprouts Recipes“, below:
Now, let’s learn how to grow vegetables in a glass jar, in the video published on June 3, 2021, “#43 Grow Vegetables in Glass Jars – Without Soil| Hydroponic Gardening“, below:
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