Harvest

In general, your microgreens will last longer in storage if they aren't wet. So try not to water the leaves for at least 24 hours before harvesting. If your container has holes, you can place it in another container with a little water in it to let it soak in to the soil from the bottom.  How you harvest your microgreens can be somewhat of a personal preference.  Some people like to cut what they need at that moment and eat immediately.  I tend to cut it all and store, so I can start growing something else.  

  1. Make sure everything touching the microgreens is clean (hands, surfaces, utensils)
  2. I cut an inch or so above the soil line using a sharp pair of scissors/shears like these Hydro Crunch 6.5 in. Gardening Hand Pruning Shears.
  3. Remove any seed hulls, dead leaves, or soil in my harvested microgreens.
  4. Wrap in a paper towel.
  5. Put in a food container or plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.  

Microgreens are generally eaten raw, so I have to be careful with how I process them.  I use my microgreens within a few days after harvesting.  I wash them before eating, because it can help me catch any seed hulls or soil that I have missed. The good news is, I control the entire process from planting the seed to your table. You can too. 

You can find out more about handling produce like microgreens safely by reading Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely at FDA.gov       

I see lots of questions about what to do with the soil or if the microgreens will regrow. Some microgreens will regrow, but it is usually not worth the effort. They come back weak and sparse. I just compost everything after the first harvest.   

Front cover of The Microgreens Cookbook

Review: The Microgreens Cookbook

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” --Simon Sinek

I think a common question with microgreens is “I can use this in salads, but what else?”. It was a question that I had when starting out and one I still have. These are so easy to grow, surely I can find other ways to get them into my food. When I came across The Microgreens Cookbook, I had to check it out.

What is a grow light?

A grow light is simply a light designed to mimic the sun.  Indoor lights like soft white bulbs put out light on the red end of the spectrum, closer to the look of candlelight. But grow lights give off full-spectrum light that is red, blue, and green. There are two main types, fluorescent and LED.