How to use a Greens & Greeting
Sow and Grow Instructions
Tear open the Greens & Greeting and take out the seeds and stirrer, leaving the soil block in the pouch.
Cut carefully along the dotted line and discard the top part of the Greens & Greeting.
Put our hand inside the pouch and expand the base so it stands up.
Slowly add around 125ml of water to the pouch. Wait while the soil expands then stir well. The soil should be soggy but not waterlogged.
Sprinkle seeds over the soil and stir into the surface.
They don't need to be buried, just in good contact with the soil.
Place in a sunny spot, such as a windowsill, to grow.
Water if needed to prevent the soil from drying out.
Harvest in around 10-14 days, when the microgreens are a few inches high with a couple of leaves.
Rinse the microgreens with water before eating.
They can be added to almost any meal for as tasty and nutritious garnish. Great with soups, salads, sarnies and much, much more!
Check the soil every few days to ensure it doesn’t dry out - it should feel like a moist sponge. If you have a spray bottle you could use that to water the shoots. The coir 'soil' we use holds water really well so you may not need to add any more water at all while the microgreens grow. Be careful not to over-water them.
How quickly the seeds germinate depends on the species. Our salad mix can sprout as quickly as 1 day after planting, while Frilly Peas can take up to a week. Microgreens have a fantastic success rate for germination and we include lots of seeds in every Growing Greeting to make sure you get a great crop of greens. If your seeds have not germinated, the soil is probably too dry. Try adding more water. You can also try covering the Growing Greeting pouch with cling film or a plastic bag for a few days (remove when shoots start to appear).
Microgreens are quick to grow. They are usually ready to eat one to two weeks after sowing, when they have their first 2 true leaves or have matured to around 7-10cm for most varieties. Ideally harvest them just before you wish to use them so they are lovely and fresh, and full of nutrients. Use scissors to cut the stems just above the soil level. Rinse gently to remove any soil particles. If you don’t want to eat them right away, cut microgreens will stay fresh for a few days if stored in the fridge.
If your microgreens are pale and spindly, they probably need more light. Try and place them in a sunnier spot.
If you're wondering what to do with the microgreens when they've been harvested, that's simple! Eat and enjoy them, with the extra satisfaction of knowing you have grown them yourself! They are often used as a garnish and are delicious on salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta dishes, casseroles…. No need to cook them – in fact doing so depletes their nutrient content, so best to enjoy them raw.
Check out our blog for more about flavours and recipe ideas.