1) Fill the container with water, leaving about 0.5" of headspace
2) Take one microgreens disk and carefully peel off the sticker, making sure the casing flaps stay folded down. The flaps protect the seeds from drying out and provide some resistance to facilitate rooting
3) Place the disk into the container with the flaps facing up
4) Allow the disk to sink down and let it soak, fully submerged. The optimal soaking time depends on the variety.
5) After soaking, carefully tilt the container and pour out the excess water.
6) Keep the microgreens disk moist, but not soaking wet, by watering a little bit every day. If you accidentally overwater, simply hold the disk down and tilt the container to pour out the excess.
7) After 2-3 days, sprouts will emerge and start lifting the folded flaps of the casing. You can now help them lift the folds up and pull them gently to the sides of the container
8) Keep watering the microgreens once or twice daily over the next 5-7 days
9) When the microgreens are about 2 inches tall, you can harvest them by cutting small bunches with sharp scissors or kitchen shears close to the soil
10) Wash the harvested microgreens very thoroughly in cool water
11) Enjoy the microgreens raw in salads, sandwiches, soups on pizza or on their own
12) For recipe ideas and tips on growing, harvesting and using microgreens, please visit the page Etobicoke microgreenery on Facebook