Growing microgreens and other growing adventures

For this week’s exploration of food resilience, I decided to try to grow some microgreens. I will also document other edible plants that I have growing in my apartment.

2 soil experiment

I had an extra plant container laying around and some soil at home that I use for my houseplants. So, I decided to conduct an experiment. I decided to use both soils (the one at home and the one packed in the kit) and see if there was a difference in the sprouting of the microgreens.

Day 1–9/26

Above is an image of my empty corgi pot. I filled it with my soil from home and sprinkled in some of the microgreen seeds and water it.

Next, I had a candle that I completely burned down. So I poured hot water into it to melt the leftover wax and loosen the glue that held the wick in place (I do this to all my candles so I can reuse the glass jars). Since the candle jar didn’t have a drainage hole, I put some rocks at the bottom so that it can act as drainage to not waterlog the soil. After that, I put in the expanding soil and water it. The expansion took me by such surprise! I didn’t realize it would puff up so much. Once the soil was fully expanded, I put in the seeds.

Next, I put them both in the same corner on the same window sill and waited to see what happened.

Day 2–2/27

The seeds in the candle jar seemed to have puffed up. I couldn’t see anything new in the corgi pot so I didn’t take any pictures.

Day 3–9/28

I woke up to tiny green sprouts coming out of the soil! I was so happy! I also noticed that only after 2 days, the soil looked quite dry, so I gave it a little water. The above picture was taken in the morning. The picture below was taken later in the afternoon.

Day 4–9/29

The microgreens are sprouting taller and quite vigorously! There seemed to be no difference in the home soil and the kit soil. Again, I noticed that the soil was dry. These plants really do take quite a lot of water.

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Other plants I’m growing

Other than the microgreens, I am growing a few other plants at home. I have a pot of basil that sits on my kitchen window sill that we use for cooking sometimes. I have a cherry tomato plant that produces many 6 tomatoes a summer season. I also recently sprouted a lemon sprout from a lemon seed leftover from cooking.

Thoughts

It occurred to me that what I’m growing now isn’t nearly enough for me to eat. I would need a rooftop at least to grow the number of vegetables I would need to eat. It was also quite obvious to me how much water was needed just to grow something so small. To water a rooftop, it would exponentially increase my water consumption.

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What is resilience? This publication is a documentation of my exploration into what it means to be resilient and how we might design for resiliency.

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