First Experience Growing Microgreens in My Apartment

As someone who loves fresh, healthy food but lives in an apartment, I’ve always been on the lookout for ways to bring some homegrown produce into my urban life. When I discovered microgreens—tiny, nutrient-packed greens—I was immediately intrigued. These miniature plants seemed like the perfect solution for adding a fresh, homegrown touch to my meals. After a bit of research and a lot of excitement, I decided to dive in and give it a try. Here’s a chronicle of my first experience growing microgreens in my cozy apartment.

Getting Started

The first step in my microgreen journey was gathering all the necessary supplies. Here’s what I used:

  • Seeds: I chose a bunch of Mung Bean/Green Gram seeds to start.
  • Growing Trays: Shallow trays with drainage holes.
  • Tissue Paper: Instead of soil, I opted for tissue paper as a growing medium.
  • Spray Bottle: For watering the seeds.

With my supplies ready, I set up a small growing station in my kitchen, transforming a corner into a mini-indoor garden.

Planting the Seeds

I lined the trays with several layers of tissue paper, ensuring it was evenly spread and could retain moisture. Then, I sprinkled the seeds over the tissue surface, trying to distribute them as evenly as possible. After pressing them gently into the tissue, I misted the surface with water from my spray bottle. This initial setup was simple and satisfying, setting the stage for my microgreens to thrive.

Daily Care

Over the next few days, I kept a close eye on my microgreens. I made sure the tissue paper stayed moist but not waterlogged, misting it with water twice a day.

I was amazed at how quickly the seeds began to sprout! Within just a few days, tiny green shoots started emerging from the tissue paper. Watching them grow a little bit each day was incredibly satisfying and filled me with a sense of accomplishment.


After about two weeks, my microgreens were ready to harvest. The first true leaves had developed, and they looked vibrant and healthy. Using a pair of scissors, I carefully cut the greens just above the tissue paper. The sight of those fresh, homegrown greens was a real delight.

Enjoying the Fruits (Greens) of My Labor

The best part of growing microgreens is, of course, eating them! I added my fresh, homegrown microgreens to salads also to prepare stir-fry (thoran), etc.

Lessons Learned

  • Start Small: Begin with a few varieties of seeds to keep things manageable.
  • Consistency is Key: Regular watering and proper lighting are crucial for healthy growth.
  • Experiment and Enjoy: Don’t be afraid to try different seeds and recipes.
  • Each type of microgreen brings its own unique flavor and nutritional benefits.

Growing microgreens in my apartment was a rewarding and enjoyable experience. It was easier than I anticipated, and the fresh greens added a delicious, healthy touch to my meals. Whether you’re an urban dweller like me or just looking for a fun, sustainable way to grow your own food, I highly recommend giving microgreens a try. Happy growing!


Author: Mahesh Palamuttath

A passionate technophile with post-graduation in Library and Information Science, primarily uses Debian GNU/Linux and FOSS. besides, love to cook and travel

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