Home Grown Kit – Instructions
NOTE: These instructions will be replaced by specific instructions per product in the coming weeks with associated video tutorial.
Hopefully once the below steps have been completed, you will have successfully grown microgreens in your own home.
The instructions are very straight forward and easy to follow, however if you run into any trouble, you can head over to our Support section for troubleshooting advice.
Regardless of the Kit you chose, they all have these things in common;
- 1x ReUsable Container
- 1x Portion of Vermiculite
- 1x Sachet of Seeds
In addition to this you will need the following;
- 1 Cup of Water for soaking seeds (If Required)
- 100ml or 1/2 Cup of Water
- Sieve for draining seeds (Optional)
- Paper towel for drying seeds (Optional)
Remove and separate the contents from the container.
Split the portion of vermiculite into two halves, roughly 1/2 cup each.
Return one half portion of vermiculite back into the container and keep the other half to one side.
Depending on your kit choice, the seeds may require a soaking time before placing into the container.
Check the Table below for how long you will need to soak your seeds for.
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Once the seeds have soaked for the required amount of time, drain the seeds and rinse them.
(Optional) Remove excess water by resting them on a sheet of paper towel or on a plate for roughly 20 minutes.
This will make handling them and distributing them a little easier.
Once the seeds are dry enough that they don’t easily cling together, it’s time to place them into the container with one half portion of vermiculite prepared earlier.
When distributing seeds, ensure that they are evenly spread and aren’t clumped up (this can cause molding if not properly aerated).
If you’re happy with the distribution of seeds, then proceed to the next step.
Evenly spread the remaining one half portion of vermiculite over the evenly distributed seeds. This doesn’t need to be perfect, just good enough so that it isn’t piled into one spot.
Once the remaining vermiculite is in the container, it is time to water.
Pour the water slowly and evenly over the vermiculite to ensure now wells or pits are made and that the water soaks evenly.
Let this sit for 5 minutes to allow the water to spread through the vermiculite.
If you find that there are still some dry spots and you can’t see any water pooling in the base of the container, feel free to add little amounts of water to the dry areas.
If you add too much water, you can pour the excess out by gently supporting the entire surface of the vermiculite with your hand and up ending slowly.
Now we are at the waiting stage… You will need to place the prepared container in a darkish (doesn’t need to be pitch black) place for 3 days.
The days have rolled on and hopefully you haven’t forgotten about the seed container and now ready to watch grass grow (If you chose Barley or Wheatgrass, that’s basically what you’ll be doing).
The sprouts now need light to finish out the rest of its grow time, so place them somewhere where they will get plenty of it. The sprouts will also needs some decent ventilation, you can provide that via a small desktop fan if you need.
If you place them in direct sunlight, ensure that they don’t receive more than half a days worth and ensure they are well watered.
This means that the vermiculite to stay damp and not dry or have pooling of water.
Once you have waited the amount of time required for your chosen seed, you can then start harvesting.
That being said, if you like, you can harvest a day or so before depending on the seed choice and up to how ever long after as long as they get enough water and sun.
Some of the sprouts you can get multiple harvests of, for example; Wheatgrass and Barley.
If you choose to harvest all the sprouts in one go, you can store them in the fridge in the same container you harvested them from (recycle recycle recycle).
They should keep for up two weeks if stored in the fridge.
BONUS STEP (Coz we need more?)
Once you’ve run out of Microgreens, come back and buy some more and repeat!