Growing Microgreens is one of the easiest gardening activities which can be done in a Singapore apartment. It doesn’t need much space, tools and even soil. This is why I like growing microgreens with the kid in our Singapore home where I don’t have to bother about space for the plants.
Why I grow microgreens with the kid?
Planting seeds with children is one of the activities that can keep them engaged in a gardening activity. I found gardening as an interesting activity to keep the kid engaged during the whole process. It is also a good way to connect with nature.Fortunately he loves such gardening activities too. So here is our latest gardening adventure with microgreens. Living in Singapore, we do not have much opportunity to outdoor gardening activities. However indoor gardening is always possible. Growing microgreens in Singapore is one of the easiest gardening activities we can enjoy while managing space for the plants.
Kid also loves and proud to grow his own food which we can use in a salad.
What are microgreens?
In case if you haven’t heard of, Microgreens are the small plants in the next stage of sprouting. Simply, microgreens are the plants with the first two leaves. According to researches these microgreens contain a higher concentration of nutrients than sprouts or fully grown plants. This is why microgreens are popular as a healthy food for salads and other recipes.
Growing microgreens in Singapore with the kid
Growing microgreens is not difficult. You even don’t need much space to enjoy your gardening activities when you grow microgreens. It can be a corner of the kitchen or near a window, find a place that receives some sunlight. And enjoy growing microgreens with your kids. They will be proud of the food they grew.
How to grow microgreens with kids?
Seeds such as carrot, pea, mung beans, mustard and arugula are popular as microgreens. There are many other seeds which you can easily grow to the microgreens stage. In this post I will feature cowpea as our microgreen which is also easy and fast to grow.
Below are the steps we followed in this gardening activity.
- Soak a handful of cowpea seeds in water overnight. If you use another seeds type, consider its germination requirements.
- Next day, prepare your pots with potting mix. Fill the pots with soil for about ¾ of it.
- Then spread the soaked seeds evenly on soil.
- Add a thin layer of soil on top of the seeds to cover those.
- Sprinkle water.
- Your microgreen seeds are already planted. Now, watch them grow for the next 7 days.
- Keep your pots near a window or a place where it gets some sunlight. Sprinkle water daily.
Usually most microgreens are with tiny first leaves. However cowpeas are with bigger leaves.
In about 7 days, these microgreens are ready to consume. Add in to a salad or any of your recipes and consume it.
Our microgreens experience with cowpeas
After the gardening activity, I asked the kid to take care of his plants. He watched the germination process daily. It was his responsibility to take care of his microgreens. Therefore in the morning before go to the school and after he came from school, he watered his plants. He happily watched his plants growing.
Eventually I noticed he started talking to his plants. My kid was very good at pretend play and self-talking while playing from his toddler age. 🙂 It seems he did the same with his plant friends. I found it is good that he has his plants to engage time. Finally, he didn’t want his plants to add to any salad. He wanted to keep the plants even after the microgreen stage. Therefore our microgreen growing experience is going to be another story of growing plants at home. We enjoyed this activity much!
How about you? Do you grow plants with kids? Have you grown microgreens with kids? Please share your experience and thoughts.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)