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How To Grow Microgreens Indoors

Towards the end of summer and into autumn activity in the vegetable garden slows down as crops are fully grown and their fruit begins to ripen. Winter brassicas are bedded in till spring and the work demands ease off. Apart from tidying the greenhouse and beds, sowing garlic and planting early broad beans there is very little to keep the enthusiastic gardener occupied until the seed catalogues arrive in January.

Many gardeners now move indoors and extend the salad growing season by cultivating microgreens. Microgreens are tender, young green vegetables harvested at the first or second leaf stage and used as a culinary ingredient. They are extremely easy to grow and are becoming increasingly popular.

Because these tiny plants are so young they still contain high reserves of energy and are abundant in valuable nutrients. Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that microgreens have 40 times more nutrient content than their mature counterparts and contain six times more beta carotene and vitamins K, E and C. Microgreens have been used in restaurants for some time as chefs have taken advantage of their intense flavour and rich textures, making them perfect for soups, salads, garnishes and sandwiches.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.