planting red clover microgreens

We love microgreens! They are highly nutritious, add variety and are cheap to grow. We’d like to have a proper microgreen ‘plantation’ with multiple large trays on a rack, but in the meantime we content ourselves with a wheatgrass tray and a handful of terracotta pots.

12 Reasons why Microgreens are brilliant:

  • highly nutritious: e.g. red clover microgreens have potassium, zinc, calicim, iron, amino acids (duh), chlorophyll, carotene, phosphorus, trace elements and vitamins A, B, C, E and K; see http://www.sproutpeople.com/seed/clover.html
  • add variety
  • cheap if you don’t buy fancy seed mixes, but rather stick to growing pea shoots, red clover..etc
  • microgreens are biogenic food; read more about biogenic foods here http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/body/biogenic-living-nutrition
  • can be grown indoors independent of season
  • can be grown in small places
  • filter your air and provide extra oxygen (link, maybe to own blog post about indoor plants)
  • toddlers and older kids can participate and learn about growing plants
  • can be kept in kids’ reach for a self-serve snack; sort of like the toddler pots in ‘Baby Greens’ (link); warning: this can back-fire if your toddler would rather play with the soil, i.e. sprinkle it generously all over your carpets, or you have a baby in the soil-eating stage
  • are really pretty and make cool gifts
  • can double -function as table decoration
  • fairly low maintenance

My dream microgreen ‘plantation’ looks like this:

And this is what my actual microgreen garden looks like:

(These pots usually sit on our window sill in the kitchen, but there’s no way I’m going to let you see our dirty windows… and I just don’t feel like cleaning them right now.)

‘How lame’ you may think, but it’s a beginning and I’m planning on expanding. Pots like this are only about $1.39 at Mitre10 (hardware store chain in NZ), and can be found for less on trademe/craigslist, at garage sales and sometimes for free at the side of the road.

This is how I planted the pea shoots:

  1. Soak 1 c of organic dried peas overnight. Then let them grow a tail. Takes roughly 2 days.
  2. Fill 2 terracotta pots about 4/5 full with organic potting mix.
  3. Add a layer of pea sprouts.
  4. Cover up wth a thin layer of soil.
  5. Eat the remaining pea sprouts or make up some more pots.

I let Mia help with planting the microgreens. She appreciates any opportunity to get her hands muddy, and loves to sneek some sprouts.