What you need?
- Plastic tray with small drainage holes at the bottom
- Potting soil
- Plastic sheets or any type of lid for covering growing tray
Step 1: Soaking
Household seeds such as wheatgrass, coriander, mustard, fennel, fenugreek, ajwain, and green gram can be used. You can also buy seeds of other nutritive microgreens such as alfalfa, pak choi, celery, parsley, kale, amaranthus, pink radish, carrot, spinach cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, beetroot, peas, basil, and leek.
Soak the seeds in the water for 10-12 hours. After 5 to 7 minutes, observe the seeds that are floating in the water. Discard them. Keep the ones that are settled at the bottom of the container.
After 10-12 hours, strain the healthy seeds from the water with the help of a sieve. Place the sieve in a big container and cover it with a plate so that the seeds remain moistened, leave it overnight for better germination.
Step 2: Sowing
- Use a potting mixture having cocopeat(50%) + garden soil (50%). If you do not have both the components, you can use any one only. They do not have any specific fertilizers requirement as they are harvested at the early stages.
- Fill the gardening tray with two inches of moist potting soil. Uniformly level the soil with hands, do not compress the soil too much.
- Scatter the seeds thickly and evenly, and gently press them in the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a very thin layer of soil.
- Provide light misting to the seeds.
- Cover the growing tray with a lid or transparent plastic wrap.
Step 3: Monitoring
- Wait for the seeds to germinate for one to two days; after that make sure to remove the lid or plastic wrap from the tray.
- Keep the growing tray near a sunny window.
- Water the seedlings when the soil is dry. Keep the soil moist, do not overwater. Use a spray can for light watering.
Step 4: Harvesting
- Harvest with scissors when the plant has reached 2- 3 inches in height (generally 7 to 9 days).
- Rinse the greens with water and consume them immediately after harvest for maximum benefit.
Bonus points to have you covered
- Coriander seeds take 10 to 15 days to germinate.
- Seeds take more time to germinate during the winter season
- Make sure you have sown viable seeds.
- Do not sow seeds deep into the soil. If you do that, then your seeds might rot, or take more time to germinate.
- Never overwater the seedlings, it might get damping off disease, seed and roots may rot.
- Make sure seeds are not treated with any fungicides
Shalini Sharma & Shashi Agarwal