Why Grow Microgreens?

Introduction to Microgreens

Welcome to Lettuce Be Farmers, where we believe in the power of gardening to bring joy and health to the world. As enthusiasts of both traditional and innovative gardening methods, we’ve come to appreciate the unique benefits of microgreens. These tiny plants are not just a culinary trend; they represent a compact powerhouse of nutrition and flavor, capable of being grown in limited spaces.

Microgreens are young vegetable greens harvested just after the cotyledon leaves have developed. They are typically about 1-3 inches tall and are revered for their nutritional value and diverse flavors, ranging from sweet to spicy to earthy. This guide is infused with our hands-on experience and passion for helping you grow these mini wonders.

Why Grow Microgreens?

The Nutrient Density of Microgreens

First and foremost, microgreens are nutrient-dense, often containing higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to their mature counterparts. In a world where every inch of space and every ounce of nutritional value matters, microgreens offer a viable solution to maximize both.

Space Efficiency and Accessibility

For us at Lettuce Be Farmers, the appeal of microgreens also lies in their space efficiency. Whether you’re working with a sprawling backyard or a small apartment windowsill, growing microgreens is feasible and rewarding. This makes them incredibly accessible to urban dwellers craving fresh, homegrown produce.

Getting Started with Microgreens

Embarking on your microgreen journey might seem daunting at first, but fear not. The process is quite simple and rewarding. You’ll need some basic supplies: high-quality seeds, a growing medium (we love using coconut coir or a mix of peat moss and perlite), and a shallow tray. Light is also crucial, whether it’s natural sunlight or artificial grow lights.

Spread your seeds evenly across the moistened growing medium, cover lightly, and ensure they’re kept moist but not wet. In just a few days, you’ll witness the magic of germination, followed by the rapid growth of your microgreens. Harvesting typically takes place 7-21 days after planting, depending on the variety.

Varieties of Microgreens

The world of microgreens is vast and varied. From the peppery zest of arugula to the subtle sweetness of pea shoots, each variety offers its own unique flavor profile and nutritional benefits. Experimenting with different seeds can be an exciting adventure in itself.

  • Brassicaceae family: Includes broccoli, kale, and radish, known for their health-boosting compounds.
  • Amaranthaceae family: Includes amaranth and quinoa, offering a colorful and nutritious addition to your diet.
  • Cereals and legumes: Don’t overlook grains and beans, such as wheatgrass and lentil microgreens, for their distinct textures and flavors.

Incorporating Microgreens into Your Diet

Microgreens can effortlessly enhance the nutritional value and visual appeal of your meals. Toss them into salads for a fresh, vibrant touch, or sprinkle over soups and pizzas for an added burst of flavor. They also make a nutritious addition to smoothies and juices.

One of my personal favorite ways to enjoy microgreens is by incorporating them into avocado toast. The freshness of the microgreens pairs perfectly with the creamy texture of the avocado, creating a balanced and nutritious meal that’s as delicious as it is healthy.

The Benefits of Microgreens

Microgreens aren’t just about adding a pinch of green to your dishes; they come with a host of health benefits. The high concentration of vitamins and minerals found in these young greens can play a significant role in boosting your immune system, reducing inflammation, and potentially lowering your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

In addition to their health benefits, microgreens offer an eco-friendly gardening solution. They require minimal water and space, reducing your environmental footprint while providing you with fresh, organic produce.

Tips for Successful Microgreen Gardening

From our years of growing microgreens, we’ve gathered a few tips to help you succeed:

  • Consistency is key: Keep the soil evenly moist and provide consistent light to ensure even growth.
  • Harvest at the right time: Don’t wait too long to harvest your microgreens. They’re most flavorful and nutritious when young.
  • Experiment with varieties: Diversity not only adds excitement to your gardening but also to your diet.

Overcoming Challenges

Growing microgreens is relatively straightforward, but you may encounter challenges such as mold or uneven germination. Proper air circulation and avoiding overwatering can mitigate these issues. Remember, every challenge is an opportunity to learn and improve your gardening skills.

At Lettuce Be Farmers, we’ve experienced our share of ups and downs in microgreen gardening. One particular challenge was learning the nuances of watering–too little and the seeds won’t germinate, too much and you risk mold growth. Finding that balance was key to our success.


Microgreens offer a world of possibilities to both seasoned gardeners and those new to the green thumb club. They are an epitome of the saying “small but mighty,” providing not just nutritional benefits but also the joy of watching something grow from seed to harvest in a matter of weeks.

Whether you’re interested in enhancing your meals, improving your health, or simply exploring a new gardening venture, microgreens are a delightful and rewarding choice. And remember, at Lettuce Be Farmers, we’re here to support you every step of the way on your gardening journey. Let’s embrace the tiny, yet mighty microgreen together.

Incorporating Microgreens into Your Diet

What is so special about microgreens?

At Lettuce Be Farmers, we often marvel at the small wonders that microgreens are. These tiny greens are a testament to the saying “good things come in small packages.” What makes them so special is their incredible nutrient density. Microgreens can contain up to 40 times more nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, compared to their mature counterparts. This makes them not just a culinary delight to add freshness and a pop of color to your meals but also a nutritional powerhouse that can significantly contribute to your daily dietary needs. Besides their nutritional benefits, microgreens are remarkably easy to grow, making gardening accessible to everyone, regardless of space constraints. So when you think about microgreens, imagine a tiny superhero of the plant world, capable of delivering both health benefits and joy to gardening enthusiasts everywhere.

What are the healthiest microgreens?

Choosing the “healthiest” microgreens can be a bit like selecting the best stars in the sky; each has its unique brightness. That said, some microgreens stand out for their exceptional nutritional profiles. For example, broccoli microgreens are often celebrated for their high levels of sulforaphane, a compound renowned for its potent antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Red cabbage microgreens are another nutrition superhero, offering high levels of vitamin C and vitamin E. Pea shoots, not to be overlooked, are rich in vitamins A, C, and folate. The beauty of microgreens is that incorporating a variety into your diet can provide a broad spectrum of nutrients, ensuring you get a well-rounded array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. We always encourage our community to experiment and find their personal favorites, not just for health benefits but also for the joy and flavor they bring to meals.

What vegetables are microgreens?

The world of microgreens is vast and encompassing a wide variety of vegetables. Essentially, most vegetables that are consumed in their mature form can be grown as microgreens. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the Brassicaceae family like broccoli, kale, and radish, which are popular for their spicy or earthy flavors and nutritional benefits. Other examples include amaranth, known for its vibrant colors and sweet, nutty flavor, and legumes like lentils, which offer a crunchy texture and a hint of sweetness. The versatility of microgreens allows for a diverse garden, even in the smallest of spaces. Growing a variety of vegetable microgreens not only ensures a colorful and visually appealing garden but also provides a wide range of flavors and nutritional benefits for your diet.

Can you eat microgreens everyday?

Absolutely! Incorporating microgreens into your daily diet is not only safe but also incredibly beneficial. Due to their high nutrient density, adding microgreens to your meals can boost your intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants without adding excessive calories. Whether it’s sprinkling some radish microgreens on your avocado toast for a spicy kick, tossing pea shoots into your salad for a refreshing crunch, or blending kale microgreens into your morning smoothie for an extra dose of nutrients, the possibilities are endless. Eating microgreens daily is a delightful and effortless way to enhance your diet and health. However, as with all good things, variety is key. Including different types of microgreens along with other vegetables and fruits in your diet ensures a balanced and holistic approach to health.

Tips for beginners starting with microgreens

Starting your journey with microgreens is an exciting adventure, and we’re here to make sure it’s as rewarding as possible. First, selecting high-quality seeds from reputable sources is crucial for a successful harvest. Begin with varieties known for their ease of growth and quick germination, such as radish or kale. Secondly, using the right medium–whether it’s coconut coir, peat moss, or a blend–can significantly impact your success. Remember, microgreens thrive in light and need consistent moisture, but be cautious of overwatering. Lighting is another critical factor; if you’re growing indoors, consider using grow lights to ensure your microgreens receive the energy they need. Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment. Each microgreen variety offers a unique flavor and nutritional profile, so exploring different types can be a delicious adventure.

How to incorporate microgreens into meals

Incorporating microgreens into meals is both fun and easy, allowing for creativity in the kitchen. They are incredibly versatile and can be used in almost any dish. A simple way to start is by adding them to salads for a nutritional boost and a fresh, crisp texture. They also work wonderfully as garnishes on soups, sandwiches, and pizzas, adding a pop of color and flavor. For those who enjoy smoothies or juices, microgreens like kale and spinach are perfect for blending in a nutrient-packed drink. Microgreens can also be a fantastic addition to omelets or scrambled eggs, providing a new layer of flavor and making a regular breakfast extraordinary. The key is to experiment and have fun. There’s no wrong way to enjoy microgreens, and their nutritional punch is a bonus to their delightful taste and texture.

Overcoming common challenges in growing microgreens

Every gardener, at some point, faces challenges, and growing microgreens is no exception. One common issue is mold, which can be mitigated by ensuring proper air circulation and not overcrowding the seeds. Another tip is to water smartly; using a spray bottle can help keep the medium moist without overwatering. Uneven germination can also be frustrating, but this can often be resolved by ensuring consistent light exposure and using fresh, high-quality seeds. Remember, learning and adapting is part of the gardening journey, and each challenge is an opportunity to grow your skills. If you encounter difficulties, take a step back, assess what might be going wrong, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the community or resources like ours at Lettuce Be Farmers. Together, we can overcome any obstacle and enjoy the plentiful rewards of microgreen gardening.

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