One insert that fits a 9 ounce solo cup, not included
6 bamboo paper towel wicks one inch wide by 4.5” long
6 Bounty paper towel covers, 2.5” X 2.5”
Two tablespoons of broccoli seeds enough for 12 crops
Fill the cup to within an inch of the top with clean water
Send one of the bamboo wicks down the hole until it hits bottom and fold the excess over the hole. Top two pictures.
Cut the corners off the paper towel cover to become more round and cover the inside of the insert. Bottom left.
Evenly sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of broccoli seeds. Bottom right.
Mist lightly. That’s it. Your job is done until harvest.
Put the cup out of direct sunlight for 10-14 days.
When micro greens are the height you like put them into a sunny window to green up for a day.
Start by snipping off the wick into your kitchen compost bucket. That way no water drips onto your sandwich or salad as you turn the greens sideways and give them a “haircut” 1/4 inch at a time over your salad with scissors. Discard the roots into your kitchen compost bucket. Wash everything with soapy water and start the process over. How simple was that?
I have been sprouting for over 40 years. I got into micro greens in 2015 and soon was growing micro greens on a small scale for one restaurant. I did it the hard way but I didn’t know that at the time. Over the last two years I got serious about finding a better way to grow micro greens so everyone could do this with very little effort and be successful every time.
I knew the wicking method would be the best because it solves the problem of over watering and under watering, That's when you lose the crop and have to start over. But what is the best wick? It took me two years of experimentation and many failures to figure out that bamboo paper towels will not disintegrate during the two weeks they are in water before the harvest. When I started getting 100% success with all the small, popular seeds like radish, cabbage, broccoli, basic salad mix, etc., it was time to tell the world.
This micro green kit is my small contribution to enable anyone, anywhere to grow at least part of their own food. Greens have the highest nutrient density per calorie and are also the most expensive to buy. You can be growing your own greens and this kit will get you started.
$15 includes shipping.
Just when I think I have figured out the best way to grow micro greens ...
Something better comes up. Before we begin check out Rhonda Patrick here:
And learn why it is good to include broccoli sprouts in your diet every day. On another video she teaches how she grows the sprouts in a jar. After watching that video I concluded that people are much more likely to to eat their broccoli sprouts if it didn't take so much work. This easy way to grow micro greens is the way to go. If you don't specify you want version one you will automatically get version two. Version two is superior.
Fill container of your choice with the paper shreds supplied in the kit.
This kit supplies enough shreds for three 8 ounce cups. After that you have
to come up with your own paper. I use a cross-cut paper shredder. I have tried other mediums including sawdust and hardwood pellets and they just don't work as well. I keep going back to paper shreds. It looks like confetti when made with a micro cross-cut shredder. if you are serious about growing microgreens the easy way, invest in a shredder.
One of the advantages of this version is that you get to use nutrients. Micro greens grow much better if they get some food. You get enough hydroponic fertilizer in your kit to make six gallons. Mix six drops per cup of water or one teaspoon per gallon if you are making micro greens on a large scale. Your kit with either have liquid or powdered fertilizer. My choice.
You get two tablespoons of broccoli seeds with your kit, enough to grow 12 eight ounce cups. Pack down your shredded paper in the cup and add enough water so that the water is level with the paper after packing again. .Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of seeds one layer thick on the moist paper. The seeds should be on the paper, not on water, but pretty close.
You may want to mist the top of the seeds to make sure they have enough water to sprout. Your job is now done. Set the cup out of the light for 10 days. Put the greens in a bright window the day before you eat them so they will turn green. Harvest when you like the length of your microgreens. Cut them right above the roots, chop them up then put them on your sandwich, roll up, or salad. Compost the growing medium and roots. Wash out the cup and start over.
Version two is $15 including shipping. You will get free shipping on your kefir grains if you order a micro green kit at the same time.