Plastic Free July 2020: Day 22 – Microgreens


Step-By-Step Guide, WITH PHOTOS: Grow Your Own Microgreens!


I am so excited for today’s post because growing microgreens is one of my favorite plastic-free swaps!

Microgreens are the seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs. They’re tasty, crunchy and packed with nutrients. They work great for salads (of course), as well as sandwiches, soups, and sprinkled on dinner plates for a pretty, edible garnish.

RECIPE: My Favorite Microgreen Salad


Some microgreens are tart. Some are spicy. Some just taste like the mini-version of the plant they’re growing into, like arugula and kale.

Plants commonly eaten as microgreens include: Amaranth, arugula (rocket), basil, beet, broccoli, greens, buckwheat, cabbage, celery, chard, chia, clover, coriander/cilantro, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce (any),  Mizuna, mung beans/bean sprouts, mustard, parsley, peas, radish greens, red chard, spinach, sorrel, sunflower, tatsoi, and watercress.


And they’re adorable.

 But buying microgreens from the store usually means buying them in a non-recyclable plastic clam shell. In fact, many of the clam shells I’ve seen do not have any recycling symbol on the packaging or number indicating what type of plastic it is. I hate mystery plastic.

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So how do you grow your own? Easy! The first step is finding seeds. I have been able to buy seeds at farmers markets (sometimes by request)  quite successfully. I have also found them in garden supply stores. But say you can only find them in a big plastic bag, or online. What then?

This is the time I play “lesser of two evils.” How many salads can I grow from a 1-lb bag of seeds? Probably enough to last my family a year. The cost? Around $6. (Generally a clamshell of grown microgreens are about $3 to $5). So just by growing two batches of greens, you’re already breaking even.


Next, one plastic bag is a lot better than countless clamshells. That’s why I consider it the lesser of two evils. Also, these bags can generally be reused. Clam shells can be reused too, but how many are you realistically going to reuse? You really only need one to regrow microgreens.


Absolutely not. You can grow them in any pot, raised bed, or anywhere you’d grow salad. This clam shell method works really well for me, and makes harvesting either. I have tried growing microgreens in mason jars, but didn’t think it was the best method  — not enough yield for the effort.


What materials do you reuse for your garden?

Step-By-Step Guide, WITH PHOTOS: Grow Your Own Microgreens!

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