HAMAMA allows you to grow one of the most nutrient-rich items right from your home: microgreens. Growing microgreens, a great mix of young vegetable greens, allows you to add flavor and a concentration of nutrients to any dish.
What are Microgreens?
Microgreens are often found in high-end restaurants added as a nice “visual” amplifier to your food. These greens have a strong aroma and are filled with what is known as vegetable confetti and micro herbs.
Californian restaurants were the first to introduce these nutrient-dense greens to the US market in the 1980s.
Ever since, microgreens have started to spread around the country and is making their way into people’s homes. Despite their small size, these veggies have more nutrients than their mature vegetable green counterparts and fit into every diet.
Small in size, you can grow microgreens at home with HAMAMA DIY kits.
You don’t need a large garden or expensive equipment to grow these small greens in your home. A DIY kit will provide you with all of the necessary equipment to begin growing right at home.
When are Microgreens Harvested?
Microgreens are older than sprouts, but they’re able to be harvested 7 to 21 days after the germination process. Once the leaves started growing, harvest is ready.
Do Microgreens Regrow After Cutting?
No. The microgreens do not regrow without a little help. Instead, if you plan to regrow, you’ll need to keep one healthy green left that will give your plant a chance of survival and regrowth. You can get several harvests out of a set of seeds with the right method.
Simply cut the shoots, and they will grow back in the future.
When they no longer regrow, you can replace the soil or growth tray.
Can You Grow Microgreens Indoors?
Microgreens are so easy to grow that even a person without a green thumb will have a great chance of growing their own greens. You can grow these greens indoors or outdoors, but you’ll always have a greater chance of success growing indoors.
When you grow your microgreens indoors, you’ll have greater control over:
Climate will also have little impact on your growing when you grow indoors.
What Microgreens are Best to Grow?
You can opt to grow any type of microgreens, but the team at HAMAMA has their own recommendations for which greens are best to grow. The greens recommended by the team are:
- Micro salad mix
- Arugula microgreens
- Radish microgreens
Of course, you can experiment on your own to grow the microgreens that you prefer.
Do I Need Soil to Grow Microgreens?
It depends. If you’re using HAMAMA kits, you’ll be using hydroponic systems to grow your greens. Hydroponics do not require soil, and this kit uses coconut fibers so that the roots of the greens can grow into something.
Even without soil, the microgreens are no different and are filled with the same great taste and high nutrient content.
When you’re growing microgreens, you’re opting to:
- Grow your own super nutritious greens that can be as much as 40 times more nutrient dense than mature greens.
- Grow greens that have a short harvest time, and can be confidently harvested and grown multiple times.
- Eat fresh greens that are going to have a longer shelf-life and can be harvested and eaten on the same day.
HAMAMA empowers you to grow your own trusted food in the comfort of your own home. HAMAMA sells nine types of microgreens to provide you with a balance of nutrient-rich vegetables you can grow indoors.
DIY Microgreens: Why Should You Grow Them at Home?
Microgreens can be purchased in stores, but you’ll notice that they’re expensive. Stores sell these greens for a high markup because health enthusiasts flock to microgreens as a great way to add nutrients into their diet.
You also have to consider that the greens you’re buying have spent time shipping to the store, sitting in the back waiting to hit store shelves, and may have been on the shelf for days before you purchased them.
And when greens are old, they lack the same level of nutrients and taste that people love.
Growing any vegetable at home seems like a complicated, intimidating task because farming is hard. People have to deal with soil, crop rotation, pests, weather changes, and not a lot of people are willing to deal with all of these variables.
HAMAMA breaks through the hardships of growing microgreens by allowing you to grow microgreens in the comfort of your own home.
The DIY kits provide you with everything you need to successfully grow microgreens. There’s no:
- Concern about pests and how to deal with them without impacting your greens
- Climate concerns which can wake you up in the middle of the night
- Concern about soil and rotating your crops to make sure the soil stays rich
You have everything you need in your kit to start growing your microgreens in the comfort of your own home. HAMAMA provides you with non-GMO seeds and requires low light to properly grow your greens.
If you can place your seeds and add water, you’ll never have to buy microgreens from the store again.
What’s Included in Your Kit?
When you purchase a HAMAMA growing kit, you’ll find that the kit comes with a grow tray, which is reusable and made responsibly from recycled plastic. The kit includes a riser that will keep your microgreens right above the water to ensure they have water when they need it most.
The kit also includes:
- In-depth instructions on how to grow your greens
- Three seed quilts to get your started with growing
You can also purchase additional accessories if you want, but these are all optional and are not needed for you to be able to grow your own microgreens.
Understanding the Importance of a Seed Quilt
A seed quilt is HAMAMA is a unique way to ensure that all of your seeds have been spaced for optimal growth. The quilt is made of coconut fibers and has filled pods placed between the sheets for proper spacing and growth.
Consistent moisture is allowed to enter the fibers offering steady growth.
With the seed quilt, all guesswork is eliminated from the planting and growing process. You can setup your own microgreens garden in minutes. You will be instructed to push the seed quilt into the water for a few seconds to allow for enough moisture to stay within the quilt’s fibers.
But a lot of users recommend keeping the quilt in the water for up to a minute due to better results and heftier harvests.
Types of Microgreens You Can Grow
Here’s the great thing about HAMAMA growing kits: you can grow all kinds of microgreens, including:
- Zesty salad mix
- Fragrant fenugreek (organic)
- Super salad mix
- Sweet wheatgrass (organic)
- Earthy clover (organic)
- Hearty broccoli (organic)
- Energizing kale (organic)
- Refreshing cabbage
- Spicy daikon radish (organic)
- Mustard microgreens (organic)
HAMAMA has a wide range of microgreen seed quilts, which means that you can enjoy a wide range of different nutrients from the greens you grow.
Germination in 48 to 72 Hours
If you’re eager to check on your greens, you’ll be able to take a peek for signs of germination in just 48 to 72 hours. You should notice a little swell from the pods and may even see small sprouts sticking up from the quilt.
In total, you’ll be able to go from seed to harvest in 7 to 10+ days, depending on what you’re growing.
Harvesting is a standard process, with a few key ways to harvest. One way is to cut the microgreens from the base. You can also pull the greens out from the root by grasping and gently tugging on the stem.
The main difference is that cutting leaves you with less seed caps than pulling.
Once harvested, you can choose to store your microgreens in a jar that’s vacuum sealed or in a Ziploc bag to maintain the freshness of the greens. Either storage method works well, but be sure to rinse off your greens after harvesting for best taste.
HAMAMA makes it fast and easy to enjoy delicious, nutrient-filled greens from the comfort of your own home. You have complete control over the growing process, so you can be confident that there are no harsh pesticides or GMO seeds used when growing your greens.
You’ll also save a lot of money growing your own microgreens than buying them in the grocery store or at the farmer’s market.