Microgreens—The Salad You Can Grow Inside Any Time Of The Year

These sprouts are an excellent source of protein and vitamins and even easier to grow than windowsill herbs.

November 9, 2017
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Mitch Mandel

We've done a lot of talking about indoor gardening, growing your own food right in your home. But the absolute easiest vegetable to grow on the kitchen window shelf is microgreens—the perfect topping for any quick salad. 

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Here's how to grow your own:

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Getting Started

Select a shallow plastic container with drainage holes, such as a nursery flat or prepackaged-salad box (either clear or opaque plastic boxes work). Fill the container with 1½ to 2 inches of moistened organic potting mix. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside the container. Gently press the cardboard onto the soil to create a flat, even surface.

Related: 5 Really Easy Greens That You Can Grow Inside This Winter

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Add The Microgreen Seeds

Mesclun seed mixes are a good choice for microgreens: Varieties like Asian Baby Leaf Mix contain a blend of greens selected because they tend to sprout at the same time. Single-crop microgreens also work. Scatter the seeds over the soil surface, then place the cardboard over the seeds and lightly press them into the soil.

Related: All The Things You Really Need To Start Seeds Indoors

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Add More Potting Mix

Using a coarse wire-mesh sieve, sift a very fine (⅛-inch) layer of dry potting mix over the seeds.

Enjoying this easy indoor growing guide? Try growing some of these herbs indoors as well:


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Shower Gently With Water

Set the container onto a drip tray and then carefully water the seeds in with a gentle shower from a watering can. Place the tray on a sunny, south-facing windowsill or under grow lights. Expect the seeds to germinate in 3 to 7 days.

Related: How To Grow Flavorful Garlic Greens Indoors All Winter Long

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Harvesting Microgreens

Keep the soil consistently moist. Prevent soggy soil by pouring off any excess water that collects in the drip tray after watering. To harvest, snip the microgreens right above the soil line when their first true leaves unfurl (about 7 to 14 days after germination, depending on the green). The microgreens are nutrient-dense and make a healthy addition to salads and sandwiches.