For the last few weeks I have been growing peas and rocket on the window sill of my spare room. My intention has never been to let these lovely plants reach full maturity, though. I’ve been growing them to eat as seedlings or microleaves, as they are known in foodie circles.
D doesn’t approve. He thinks it’s mean to harvest plants in their infancy. He also thinks that it’s not financially or spacially economical. And I can’t really argue with any of these points. I do have to take a deep breath before snipping at the base of the young leaves and many costly seeds have to be sprouted in many containers to provide a salad for four people.
But, crisp and sweet and tender, micro-leaves are utterly delicious and for that reason, I’m going to keep on growing those little babies.
Grow Your Own Micro-leaves
All you need is:
- A big sunny window sill – Of course, if you live somewhere warmer than here, a sunny spot in a sheltered area of your garden would be great too.
- Plastic containers and trays - E.g. yogurt pots, punnets, seed trays.
- Vermiculite or other seed friendly soil (check garden centre).
- Seeds – rocket and pea seeds are my favourites but there are plenty of options. See here and here for a list of possibilities.
Simple scatter seeds onto the filled containers and water daily from the bottom, letting the moisture soak up into the soil rather than rain down on the delicate seeds. Your micro-leaves will be ready to eat in 6 – 21 days time. Sow new seeds each week to ensure a constant suppy.