DIY Microgreens Grow Kit

Thank you for purchasing our DIY Microgreens Grow Kit.  The kit contains everything needed to grow healthy microgreens which can be eaten raw, in a sandwich or many other ways.  Our kits contain organic soil and seeds.

Additional items you may/will need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Flat bottom container (such as a measuring cup)
  • 1 Paper towel sheet

Let’s get started

  1. Open the container and remove the soil bag and seed container.
    1. Some DIY kits use a coconut coir mat as the medium.
      1. Simply soak this coco coir mat in water for 10-15 minutes.
      2. Remove from the water and place in bottom of container.
  2. Open the soil bag and pour the soil into the container (or place coco coir mat in container).
  3. Level out the surface of the soil and lightly firm the soil in the container.
  4. Using a spray bottle, lightly spray the surface of the soil until the soil is damp but not saturated.
  5. Let the water soak into the soil for a minute and then continue to lightly spray the soil until the soil is completely moistened.

Now it’s time to add the seeds

  1. Open the seed container carefully.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the seeds over the surface of the soil.
    1. If planting pea or sunflower seeds, soak the seeds in cold water for at least 4 hours before adding to container.
  3. If you have a flat bottom container such as a measuring cup, use the bottom of the container to firmly press the seeds into the soil.  The seeds do not need to be covered with soil.
  4. Using scissors *(small children should let an adult do this step), cut the paper towel slightly larger than the microgreen container (or simply fold the paper towel to fit).
  5. Place the paper towel on top of the seeds and lightly mist the paper towel until it is completely saturated.
  6. Close the lid of the microgreens container (we recommend cutting 2 or 3 small 1/2″ slits in lid so the microgreens can get some fresh air).  *(small children should let an adult do this step)
  7. Leave the microgreens container on the counter in the kitchen or on the dining room table.
  8. Microgreens do not need a lot of light so normal light inside the house is typically okay.  Placing the microgreens near a window that receives good sunlight is also okay.  Just be careful not to let the microgreens dry out.

Next Steps

Over the next few days, check the microgreens by lifting the paper towel slightly so you can see the seeds.  Once the seeds begin to sprout (within the first 2 days), remove the paper towel and keep the seeds moistened but not saturated. Leave the microgreens container open so the plants can get some fresh air.  Just spritz them every couple days if the soil looks dry.  Within 8 days, the microgreens will be ready to harvest.  Simply cut them above the soil level and eat.

Tips

  • White, fuzzy stuff at the base of the plant in the first couple days is normal.  These are root hairs and they will go away as the microgreens grow.
  • Too much water is not good for the plants.  If your plants get too much water or not enough air then there is a chance mold could grow and kill the microgreens.  If the microgreens have patches of gray white mold and the base of the plants rot then discard the microgreens.  Do not eat the microgreens if mold is present.
  • After two weeks, it is best to discard the microgreens and soil.  The container can be washed with hot, soapy water and re-used for the next batch.
  • To get more seeds or medium to continue growing your microgreens, simply stop by our market table at any of the farmers markets that we attend.  You can find us at the Cotton Mill Farmer’s Market(Saturday 8am-12pm), Marietta Square Farmer’s Market (Saturday 8am-12pm), or Rockmart Farmer’s Market (Thursday 2-6pm).

For Schools or Daycare facilities

Our Microgreens kits are an easy way to introduce your kids to growing plants that can be eaten.

Learn how to grow microgreens at your school! They are very easy to grow, and provide a lot of hands on learning opportunities in your classroom. They only take two weeks to grow before you can eat them, making for a rewarding classroom crop. Growing sunflowers, peas, broccoli, radishes, and wheatgrass are kid-friendly and easy, but the sky is the limit when it comes to microgreens.

Get your feet wet in the world of school gardening! Anyone can grow microgreens, even if you don’t have a green thumb, it is a great way to teach your students about seeds, growing, and eating of course! They are so delicious, that classrooms that have been growing them are selling them to teachers, parents, and even local restaurants and making money for their classroom.

We will go over the basics of how to grow microgreens, provide examples of lesson plans based on growing and eating them, and answer questions and troubleshoot any issues teachers are having.

Where to Buy

Our DIY Microgreens Kits are available on our website (delivery charges apply) or can be purchased in our booth at the Cotton Mill Farmers Market (Saturday mornings), Rockmart Farmers Market (Thursday afternoons), or the Marietta Square Farmers Market (Saturday mornings).  Our kits are reasonably priced and can be purchased in bulk quantities for classrooms.  We offer a price break for schools and teachers.  Please contact us at (770) 280-5343 for our school bulk pricing.