Windowsill Salad Kits--HOW TO GROW
INTRODUCING...The Orange Pippins Windowsill Salad Kits! Grow a garden on your windowsill any time of year. These mini plants bring big FLAVOR and big FUN for all ages!
What are microgreens? They’re plants harvested in their adorable infancy; in much of Europe you will see them growing on kitchen windowsills and providing fresh greens year round. They provide a multitude of lovely flavors, textures, and colors, are easy to grow, and are many people’s first exposure to gardening. As fresh greens they are used in everything from salads to soups — as well as in the classic English tea sandwich. Then, if that wasn’t enough, they contain tons more nutrients than an equivalent amount of mature greens! Eat your whole salad in a tablespoon! Finally, it’s a fun indoor activity to grow microgreens at home. Get ready for your own daily Plant Watch – you will be riveted to see them getting bigger before your eyes.
- Remove this cover but keep it handy–you’re going to use it in the growing process.
- Wet the grow mat and then shake off excess water before returning to tray.
- Scatter a layer of seeds evenly over the growing mat.
- Mist seeds or sprinkle them gently with water. You can also wet them in a cup of water and then drain before scattering.
- Replace cover to keep seeds dark. Shhh…little babies are sleeping now.
- Check them daily. Say sweet things to them. Whistle or blow on them. Seriously, the air movement is great for them. A little fan works too. Most times you won’t need to water during the germination period but if the tray feels very light and the mat looks dry pour a small amount of water into corner of tray and swish it around gently, pouring out any excess.
- In 3-4 days when seeds have sprouted, remove cover and place on a windowsill. Give them a cheer. They’re growing up! You may see fine white root hairs at the base of the greens, not to be confused with mold.
- Continue watering daily, always from the bottom. Around day 7 they may be ready to eat if you see 2 sets of leaves.
- Harvest Time! Simply cut the greens at the base of the mat and enjoy them right away or put them in a ziplock bag with a dry paper towel in the fridge where they’ll last up to 6 days. Use a new mat for a 2nd batch and compost the old one. Show off your gardening prowess online or get inspired by other growers: #orangepippins