Daily nutrients and vitamins can be found in microgreens, but it is sometimes the motivation that is lacking.
Words Michael Unverricht
Several years ago, in a burst of healthy enthusiasm, I purchased several 100g packets of microgreen seed along with trays in which to grow them. I chose the microgreens over seed sprouts as they are more nutritious. This is because microgreens draw additional nutrients from the soil, whereas the only goodness obtained from the sprouting seed is what is contained within the seed at the time of purchase.
For a long time, the microgreen seeds sat on the shelf along with the growing trays. However, Covid-19 changed that. In the few days prior to lockdown level four in 2020, the garden centres sold out of vegetable seedling punnets and, at the same time, online seed merchants experienced an incredible surge in sales and were unable to keep up with the demand for seeds.
I filled the shallow trays to the brim with good potting soil, levelling it off and firming it down. With a high level of soil, it’s easier, at harvest time, to snip off the greens with the kitchen scissors.
Top quality potting soil is essential, as the more nutrients in the soil, the better the nutritional value of the microgreens. I watered the trays by capillary action, placing them in a tray of water. This ensured the newly planted seeds, barely covered by fine soil, were not disturbed.
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