Have you been toying with the idea of growing some of your own food during quarantine? It's probably easier than you think!
R.E.D.D. Founder, Alden Blease hosted an Instagram Live session last week to walk through the process. In case you missed it, here are the three easy steps to grow your own microgreens:
1. Gather Your Materials
- Organic Potting Soil
Pretty much anything that can hold an inch of dirt and stand up to moisture works as a container. Start simple with an empty plastic lettuce container or get a more professional set-up with a 10" x 20" growing tray and dome. Covering the top of the tray increases humidity, which helps growth. If you are using a homemade or repurposed cover, make sure there are holes or gaps for some air to get in.
Using organic soil is important. Always remember: quality in, quality out. Some ideas for seeds to grow are arugula, amaranth, parsley, or basil.
2. Plant The Seeds
Once your materials are gathered, it takes less than five minutes to plant your microgreens. Put one to two inches of potting soil in your tray, depending on how deep it is. Grab a handful of seeds and sprinkle them across the top of the soil. Water the seeds until the water is moist, but not sopping wet. Voila! You're done!
3. Monitor Plant Growth
Make sure the microgreens get plenty of light while they're growing. Place them near a south facing window, or you can buy indoor growing lights if desired. Keep an eye on the moisture level of the soil. It shouldn't dry out completely, but microgreens don't need to be watered very often.
Your microgreens will be ready to harvest between seven and fourteen days after planting. We'd love to see what you're growing! Tag @reddbar and #LiveVibrantly so we can check it out.
Next Up: Harvesting and Cooking With Your Microgreens!