Growing broccoli microgreens outdoors is easy! Just follow these steps for an easy way to grow broccoli microgreens in your backyard or garden. You can also use a container, and if you have the time, try growing them indoors as well. Broccoli microgreens are nutrient-packed too, providing more than just their green color. Broccoli microgreens are loaded with vitamins A and C as well as fiber so they make a great addition to any healthy diet!
What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are small, young seedlings that are harvested shortly after germination. When the seedlings are a height of about two to three inches, they are harvested. So most can be ready to harvest in a very short time. You will be munching on your delicious microgreens within two weeks after planting.
Microgreens are the youth plants harvested before they have become mature adult plants. Microgreens are the baby of the well-known common plants you would have in your garden or buy in the grocery store. For example, if you buy kale at the grocery store, you will be buying a bunch of kale leaves from a mature kale plant. Kale microgreens are the same plant only grown to the size of one to three inches tall and then harvested at that time. They can be harvested in eight to fourteen days, depending on the variety. There is a wide range of flavors with microgreens. They can be very intense flavored compared to the adults.
Microgreens are grown away from a light source to get lengthy quickly before introducing them into the light. After you see the first true leaves, they are ready to be harvested. The first leaves that you will see are called cotyledons. The first true leaves are the second set of leaves that appear. When you notice these leaves, your microgreens are ready to be harvested and eaten.
Microgreens grow quickly but also need more attention than full-sized vegetables do during indoor growth periods because they are so delicate with regards to their size relative to environmental factors like heat control, light exposure, humidity levels, temperature fluctuations, and ventilation requirements. If you want your microgreen garden outdoors, follow these tips:
* Always use containers with good drainage, if using a container. I will be planting on the soil on my raised bed.
* Plant microgreens on top of the soil rather than into soil.
* Provide plenty of water before spreading your seeds and after.
How to Grow Broccoli Microgreens Outdoors
I made a wood cover for the microgreens. It's not very pretty because I am limited by my lack of tools for these projects. Anyway, I made the cover to fit a square foot space in my garden bed. It's not exact but close enough for me.
Firstly, I watered the area that I'm going to use. After wetting, I used the cover to press the square foot space down for the broccoli microgreen seeds. Once I have the impression in the soil of the space I'm using. I tried to distribute the seeds relatively densely. After adding the seeds, I watered and then placed the cover over the area. I previously did radish and found that as long as I have the wood covering over the area I don't need to water the microgreens. After I removed the cover I watered the microgreens.
Benefits and Nutrition of Broccoli Microgreens
-It is a great source of dietary fiber and other essential nutrients, which help your body in many ways.
-It helps the digestive system function properly by easing constipation and diarrhea symptoms.
-It also contains an impressive amount of beta carotene that has been shown to have anti-aging properties because it promotes cell turnover, protects skin from sun damage, and reduces inflammation.
Broccoli Microgreen Health Benefits: Broccoli is rich with antioxidants such as sulforaphane, indole compounds (sulfides), and glucosinolates that are produced when chewed or cooked. These substances may be responsible for some health-promoting effects. Sulforaphane has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Indole compounds may be responsible for some of the cancer prevention effects of broccoli consumption, while glucosinolates help prevent certain types of cancers.
Broccoli Microgreens Nutrition: Broccoli microgreens are low in fat (less than 0.03 g per 100 grams), but they contain a healthy amount of calcium (244 mg per 100 grams) and vitamin A (1234 IU). They also provide small amounts of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese as well as other vitamins including B complex group members such as folate or riboflavin. The high content of natural plant chemicals means that there is an impressive range of health benefits.
Broccoli Microgreens Health Benefits: Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties may help prevent heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Anticancer effects of broccoli microgreens have been demonstrated by their ability to inhibit the activation of some carcinogens in vitro (meaning they are likely also effective in vivo), as well as reduce tumor size and number
Due to their detoxifying action, broccoli microgreens can be used for skincare treatments such as blemish control or reduction of wrinkles when mixed with a suitable carrier oil. They are also said to eliminate eye irritation caused by dust particles from dry eyes or allergic reactions due to pollen allergies. Finally, this plant is able to relieve pain associated with arthritis because it contains glucosinolates and nitrates.
How to Eat Microgreens
Microgreens are eaten raw in salads or as a garnish for other dishes that you might have ready to eat; many people also like them as part of their morning smoothies with nutritious ingredients such as avocado, fruit juice, and honey.
The most common types used for both eating fresh and adding flavor to recipes include: sunflower greens, radish tops (daikon), mustard greens, pea shoots (sugar snaps) cress kale/mustard leaves any type of lettuce.
They make for great additions to salads, sandwiches, wraps, pasta dishes, and more!
So, what do you think? Is this worth trying at home for the sake of a healthy snack that's easy to make and tastes great too? Let me know in the section for comments below! I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you have any questions about my tips or want more information on how microgreens grow, I'm happy to help. Simply let me know by commenting below.
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