Growing microgreens

How to grow microgreens

Discover how to grow microgreens on a windowsill for a tasty, nutritious harvest in as little as a week.

Do it:

All year round

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

All year round

Microgreens, or micro leaves, are simply the seedlings of leafy herbs and plants that we would usually allow to grow to full size before harvesting.

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All microgreens are grown in the same way, sown into compost and placed in the light. They are so tiny that they can be grown all year round, on a windowsill indoors. They can be grown in just about anything, from seed trays and old yoghurt pots to pieces of guttering, and should be ready to harvest just one or two weeks after sowing.

Ensure a constant microgreen supply by sowing successionally every week, so that new leaves should be ready to harvest just as the last batch is ending. Most are ready to pick just a few days after germinating and have all the flavour of the fully grown plants, bringing a concentrated, flavoursome burst of taste to your favourite dishes.

You will need

  • Leafy veg or herb seeds
  • Seed compost
  • Guttering or seed tray
  • Watering can


Fill your guttering (tape up the ends with gaffer tape to stop the compost spilling out) or seed tray with a good-quality seed compost. Firm it lightly with your hand. Use your finger to make a shallow drill in the compost, then sow a dense but evenly spaced line of seeds - thick clumps of seeds can lead to damping-off disease and crop failure. Water using a can fitted with a fine rose, taking care not to wash them away.
Place on a windowsill and keep them lightly watered. Leaves should be ready to harvest after about a week, although they will take a few days longer in the winter than in summer. Pick when still tiny by either snipping them off at the base or pulling them up, roots and all.


Health benefits

Micro leaves are usually eaten fresh and raw, and the fresher the leaves are, the more vitamins and minerals they contain. Each little leaf is a gold mine of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals such as iron, folic acid and potassium.

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