Easy and Fresh Micro Greens and Herbs All Year Round

Want fresh microgreens and micro herbs all year round? You might have seen my previous post about using plastic water bottles as seed starting containers. If you missed it, you can see the instructions and some helpful photographs here – How To Start Seedlings in Repurposed Plastic Bottles. This same method works great for growing micro greens and micro herbs too.

You can use the repurposed plastic water bottle method to grow greens and herbs on your porch or window sill. About once per week, plant a pinch of seeds in the soil. Use one or two containers per person, per day. Or use more, depending on the amount you expect to consume. When the sprouts are ready, harvest them with clean scissors as needed.

After you’ve harvested all of the sprouts in a bottle, turn the soil over with a spoon and reseed. The roots (or radicles) of the previous plants will help to nourish the new seedlings. If toting is a concern, allow the soil to thoroughly dry between plantings.

For economy’s sake I prefer to get seeds in bulk, or gather them, or buy 4 seed packets for $1 when the packets go on sale during the summer at the dollar stores. Some of my favorite seeds to use are spinach, kale, basil, arugula, and mesclun.

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Seeded Plastic Bottles

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Sprouted Micro Greens

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Harvested Sprouts


Thanks to Donna Lucy for participating in the [Grow] Network Writing Contest. We have over $1,500 in prizes lined up for the current writing contest, with more to come. Here is a list of the current pot of prizes:

– A 21.5 quart pressure canner from All American, a $380 value
– A Survival Still emergency water purification still, a $279 value
– 1 year of free membership in the [Grow] Network Core Community, a $240 value
– A copy of The Summer of Survival Complete Collection from Life Changes Be Ready, a $127 value
– 2 copies of the complete Home Grown Food Summit, valued at $67 each
– 3 free 3 month memberships in the [Grow] Network Core Community, valued at $60 each
– The complete 2014 Grow Your Own Food Summit interview series, a $47 value
– 4 copies of the Grow Your Own Groceries DVD video set, valued at $42 each
– A Bug Out Seed Kit from the Sustainable Seed Company, a $40 value
– 4 copies of the Alternatives To Dentists DVD video, valued at $32 each

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