So you've rounded up your rich soil and organic seeds, but things start getting tricky when you look at those darned sprouting trays! After you work so hard to grow microgreens without endocrine-disrupting pesticides, they shouldn't end up being ruined by the stupid container they grew in. The good news is that we've done the legwork so you can grow microgreens indoors without toxic plastic!
How to Grow Microgreens
Microgreens are the superfood seedlings of herbs, vegetables, beans and seeds. They're crazy health-boosters packed with 4-6 times the vitamins and phytonutrients found in the same plants when they're mature. Not only that, but they're very inexpensive and simple to grow all year around.
We've been homesteading for several years now and love our chickens, bees, herb and veggie gardens, but growing microgreens is actually new territory for us. So we think it's best to send you over to some of our favorite resources who have it all covered:
How to Grow Microgreens Indoors by Wholefully
How to Grow Microgreens by Modern Farmer
Microgreen Garden: Indoor Grower's Guide to Gourmet Greens by Mark Braunstein
Microgreens: The Salad You Can Grow Inside by Rodale's Organic Life
The problem with growing microgreens is that most seedling cells/inserts, small flexible pots and trays are made from polystyrene plastic (you know, the same #6 stuff used in disposable utensils and some straws), which should always be avoided.
Plastic-free Microgreens Growing Trays
And don't forget to give paper egg cartons a try! They just happen to be a perfectly sized non-toxic, biodegradable seedling starter. Then if you decide to move your indoor garden outside during growing season, you can plant them right in your garden without having to transfer the sprouts.
NOTE: Don't forget to stay away from foam or hard plastic egg cartons though because they're usually made from polystyrene (#6 plastic) too.
Safer Plastic Microgreens Growing Trays, Sprouting Lids and Kits
Just so you know, it's not really necessary to get all fancy and buy something new. We often re-use milk jugs, juice bottles and all sorts of containers made from safer plastic. The best options are made from polyethylene, LDPE, HDPE and polypropylene and should be marked with #2, #4 and #5 recycling codes.
We've rounded up plenty of great possibilities in case you'd rather go for the perfect size and shape for a countertop.
- Bootstrap Farmer Extra Strength 20″ x 10″ Seedling Tray (this is the black tray we're using for our own microgreens in the photo above)
- Panda Pots
- Garland Seed Tray
- Garland Titan Garden Tray
- Garland XL No hole Garden Tray
- Plant Growing Trays 20″ x 10″
- Urban Produce Organic Microgreen Growing Kit Non-GMO
- Grow ‘n Serve Microgreen Kit
- Sproutamo Easy Sprout Sprouter
- Lotus & Sky Glass and Stainless Steel Sprouting Jars & Stands
- Sprouting Lid for Mason Jars
- Sprouting Jar Strainer Lid for Wide Mouth Mason Jars
- Handy Pantry Sprout Garden 3-tray Stackable Sprouting System
- Deluxe Kitchen Crop 4-Tray Seed Sprouter