So we all know that growing your own food is the way forward but there may be a few reasons putting you off…
Space? maybe you dont have a garden or outdoor area?
Time? its hard to find enough time to prepare a decent meal, never mind growing your own food from scratch!?!
Or just not knowing where to start with the whole process… it may all just seem too complicated?!
Well growing your own microgreens could just be the answer to the beginning of your green fingered journey.
Microgreens are AMAZING.
They contain so much life force, nutrients and minerals that are often lost in food that we buy from supermarket shelves. So much of our food has been through such a long journey before it gets to our plate. Even if you think it is fresh, it will have lost so much of its vitality since it has been picked from a tree or taken from the ground.
Growing your own food means you ensure that you are getting the most from your veggies and Microgreens are like tiny little powerhouses that you can literally grow on your own windowsill.
There are many different seeds that you can sprout and grow into microgreens, We chose sunflower seeds for a few various reasons:
~ They contain up to 100 times the enzymes of regular, full grown greens. This means that your body can more easily assimilate the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
~ Sunflower greens offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. They provide all the essential amino acids and help to repair muscle tissue while supporting the enzymes of the body to do their jobs as well.
~ High in vitamin B and folic acid, so great for pregnant women and the growing baby.
~ Full of essential fatty acids that are needed to make a plant burst out of its seed shell. Start sprouting to receive up to 900% more nutrition from your food!
~Full of chlorophyll which has been called “natures greatest healer”. It is the first product of light, therefore contains more healing properties than any other element.
~ High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help your immune system, keep gut bacteria healthy, boost reproductive health, slow ageing and support cellular recovery, can even help to reduce high blood pressure.
Need we say more?!
So to start growing these little beauties yourself, you will need:
- 2 handfuls of sunflower seeds – organic black oil seeds – with the shell on (the same seeds that you would use in a birdfeeder or give to horses).
- A sprouting jar (or a sieve, a jar and a cloth)
- A growing tray – that will fit on a windowsill or somewhere sunny that you wish to grow your microgreens
- Organic soil
- Start by washing the seeds in water, rinse until the water is clear.
- Soak the seeds overnight in a jar of purified water, try to make sure all the seeds are immersed. You can shake the jar every few hours to ensure they all soak up some water if you need to.
- rinse the seeds and leave in a sprouting jar (if you have one) or if not you can improvise by putting the seeds in a sieve and place a cloth or muslin over the top.
- The seeds should begin to sprout tiny tails after 24-48 hours. Give them a rinse every few hours during the sprouting period.
- Get your growing tray and place a layer of soil evenly on the bottom (about an inch thick). Sprinkle the sprouted seeds across the soil then place another even layer of soil on top of them. Give the soil some water and place the tray on a sunny windowsill.
- You will start to see the shoots push through after a couple of days – you can start to harvest and eat the little beauties after about 5 days. Try to water them every day or other day depending on how warm it is.
Once cut, they will keep in a the fridge for about a week but they are certainly at their tastiest and most nutritious as soon as they are cut. The fresher the better…
Let us know how you get on growing these beautiful greens and give us a shout if you have any questions or feedback!