4 Easy Steps to Grow Pea Shoot Microgreens At Home

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Winter in Zone 5

I am always looking for ways to grow my own healthy food. In the winter in zone 5 that can be pretty challenging. A few weeks ago I started experimenting with growing microgreens. On December 27th I planted pea shoots.

Our windows get very little sunlight in the winter so I decided to set up my grow station in the garage.

To get started I purchased the following:

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I was able to fit one and a half growing mats in the salad container.

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Step #1. Plant: I soaked the mat with water and spread the pea shoot seeds on the mat. Then I sprayed the seeds with water to make sure they were nice and wet. 

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Step #2. Cover: I placed it in a temperature controlled area of the garage. My beer fermentation area was perfect because I have keep the temperature steady at 70F. I covered the seed tray with a dark towel to keep the light out. It is best to keep the seeds covered for the first few days to help them germinate.

Step #3. Lighting: After 3 days I removed the towel and placed them under the grow light.

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Step #4 Water: I watered the seeds with filtered tap water at least once a day making sure to keep it moist but not over soaked.

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The peas grew fairly quick and after 14 days they were ready to harvest. I added the pea shoots to a salad and was very impressed with the taste. They have a mild grassy pea taste. I would not want to eat just pea shoots by themselves but it was a very excellent addition to my salad mix.

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Microgreens are reported to be 10 times healthier than regular greens. Add that to the fact I was able to eat them minutes after harvest and you have a wonderful fresh super healthy addition to your diet.

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Have you ever tried to grow microgreens?

What worked and what didn’t?

 

Cheers,

John

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