Introduction: Office Farming : Growing Broccoli Microgreens Indoor
Broccoli is the healthiest microgreen for a beginner to grow. Compared to mature broccoli, broccoli sprouts contain anywhere from 10 to 100 times more sulforaphane and many more minerals like magnesium and zinc. While sulforaphane is a superior source of the cancer-fighting compound.
So let's try office farming!
Step 1: Container Preparation
Sanitize all the containers to grow the microgreens with hydrogen peroxide or bleach water. Follow the instruction of the label on the chemical bottle.
Step 2: Growing Medium Preparation
Pour organic soil into a plastic container and fill it up halfway. Microgreens don’t require a lot of nutrients to grow, therefore compost soil is not necessary.
Paper towel is another common medium to grow microgreen. If you are worried about the chemical of the bleached paper towel, feel free to use the unbleached one.
Step 3: Spread the Seed
Spread the seed densely over the top of the soil. Don’t worry about the density since we are growing microgreen, not a mature vegetable.
Some seeds require you to pre-soak a handful of seeds to promote early germination (follow directions on the seed packet). After the presoaking is complete, rinse and drain the seeds in a colander. If you’re worried about bacteria spreading from one seed to the rest, you can add a little hydrogen peroxide to the seed.
Step 4: Watering
Pour water into an empty container. Check the pH value of the water. The best pH value for microgreens to germinate is between 6 - 6.5.
Usually, tap water in the city is a little bit alkaline. You may correct the pH value with a little bit of lemon juice. Pour water into a spray bottle. Use a spray bottle to water the soil evenly.
Step 5: Covering to Germinate
Cover the seed with a black plastic container and place it in a warm (60 F - 85 F / 15.5 C - 29 C) space away from sunlight to germinate.
Step 6: Haversting
You can harvest your Broccoli Microgreens after 7 -10 Days.
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