In recent years, the popularity of microgreens among vegetarians and fans of healthy eating has increased dramatically, especially in the cold season, when our quivering bodies need additional portions of vitamins. This product can be found on the shelves of many supermarkets and organic farming stores, or can be easily grown in a mini window garden, and in a city apartment.
Unlike the usual leafy vegetables, the same dill or lettuce, which are cultivated in the garden beds in summer and in greenhouses in winter, microgreens are young seedlings of any crops, as a rule, cereal, spicy and vegetable, in the phase of cotyledon leaves. Only plants whose sprouts have a bitter taste are not suitable for microgreening, including nightshade tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, as well as common beans. That is, these are no longer seedlings, but not yet full-fledged seedlings that have entered the stage of active vegetation.
As they write at https://tutknow.ru/garden_and_orchard/17401-4-sposoba-kak-vyraschivat-mikrozelen-v-domashnih-usloviyah.html, it takes from 10 to 20 days to get juicy microgreens, which, you see, is very convenient for organizing a “vitamin conveyor” at home. Another advantage of growing microgreens on the windowsill of a kitchen or a warm loggia is that there is no need for contact with the ground. Typically, such sprouts are driven out on a substrate or rug made of natural materials, for example, from flax, felt, coconut, jute, cellulose, etc.
To date, it is not difficult to buy all the necessary elements and accessories for growing microgreens. Many suppliers of agricultural products have included in the assortment whole kits for germinating seeds, which include both planting containers (containers), and mats (substrates, substrates), and the planting material itself (seeds of individual crops, as well as mixes and all kinds of mixtures).
But since such kits cost a lot, zealous gardeners, who have many years of experience in growing seedlings, have found an almost free way to get microgreens without any problems. You just need to have at your disposal the seeds of the plants that you would like to grow. You can use the cheapest toilet paper as a substrate for seed germination. Transparent plastic containers of small sizes and trays, which remain in abundance after eating many food products, can serve as a container for obtaining seedlings.