A Garden on your Windowsill
Microgreens are the freshest, best tasting and most nutritious organic food I’ve ever tasted. Easy to grow by the most inexperienced gardener and they can be grown on a sunny windowsill, your kitchen counter tops or anywhere in your home, regardless of the season.
Make a fresh nutrient rich salad from them, add them to your other salad vegetables, soups, stir fry’s or simply add them to your juices. They will complete any meal no matter how extravagant or simple, breakfast, lunch and supper.
In case you haven’t heard about microgreens, well… they are the next step after sprouting. They are the easiest greens to grow. You really don’t need a green thumb, or much water, just a nutrient rich garden soil. A 50 litre bag will grow plenty of trays of greens, costing around $10 from your local Nursery. Potting soil is not advisable by the professional growers. We use filtered water from our Berky Water Filter. Some light, enough so that you can see another person clearly, and that’s it. Within a few days you have the freshest, vitamin packed, amino acid rich foods on the planet.
Any seed or bean that’s sprouted and grown into microgreens will exponentially increase its original nutrient profile. It’s also best to use organic seeds for sprouting and micro greens. Supermarket seeds, peas and beans might be GMO (Yuck!) which might not sprout anyway.
Wheat Grass for you and your pets.
If you like to juice, then make your own wheatgrass, it’s not digestible for humans as grass, so don’t try eating it with a salad, but as a juice it’s completely digestible and will oxygenate and clean the blood. To juice wheatgrass, a special wheatgrass juicer has to be used, because of it’s very fibrous nature. There are expensive electric ones or an inexpensive manual version is available, usually sold in health food shops. I make a tray especially for my indoor cat who loves to chew on it and I know she’s getting some good live enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It also seems to help cats against fur balls and doesn’t make them sick like regular outdoor grass. (Sorry the flash on my camera made it a weird colour.)
Beans are the easiest to grow. My favourite is the Mung and Adzuki bean because they are small and very sweet and tasty. I haven’t personally grown any other bean, but other larger more common beans are grown to make microgreens.
Peas are worth growing because they are as a microgreen a complete food. Rich in protein with a complete profile of essential amino acids and of course chlorophyll for good health. To have energy we must have a good haemoglobin (red blood cells). The most marvellous thing about chlorophyll is that it has the same molecular structure as our blood, except for the core atom, where blood has iron and chlorophyll has magnesium, essential for a good healthy heart. Either way if you enjoy eating micro greens of any kind, your body will not lack chlorophyll.
Here is a list and links of other seeds that are popular
Most of these seeds once sprouted may be planted into pots for a windowsill or grown in a garden. They make some amazing pretty flowers of all colours. At the end of the season collect the seeds to make new microgreens!
- Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
- Lentils – green or red
- Quinoa – I usually just make sprouts with quinoa. A quick soak in a jar for half an hour, rinse well, let them drain overnight in their jar. (Fasten cheese cloth or something similar with a rubber band around the neck of the jar) and the following day I have the cutest little sprouts. Amazing!
A very tasty and nutritious salad to make is a “Sun Salad” combining the micro greens of sunflower, pea and bean, add some of your home-made dressing and walla… the most freshest, inexpensive, nutrient rich salad you can eat. I bet the kids would eat it too if they’ve grown it themselves!
Related resource: My favourite gardening channel – John Kohler from Growing Your Greens. Take a look at how the pros grow microgreens for restaurants and health shops.