Sunflower Greens and Other Microgreens in the Indoor Garden

Growing fresh sunflower greens and other micogreens are the optimal way to supply yourself with nutrients, especially in winter.

To get started you’ll need:

  • appropriate seed trays
  • right type of soil
  • germinable organic seeds
  • right location
  • necessary know-how!

Our indoor garden

We introduce you to an ingenious indoor garden shelf. It looks modern and provides plenty of nutrient-rich microgreens.

Microgreen shelf


Growing Microgreens

Growing microgreens at home saves transportation costs, packaging waste and storage and the greens can be harvested precisely in their freshest and most vibrant form. This means that by growing microgreens, we have an abundance of biophotons, chlorophyll and nutrients available to us in the middle of winter.

Anyone who thinks carefully about this will ask themselves why there isn’t a large selection of germinable seeds available in the supermarket, at least in winter. Let yourself be inspired and become pioneers – soon there will be many of us asking for germinable seeds.

To get started you’ll need:

  • appropriate seed trays
  • right type of soil
  • germinable organic seeds
  • right location
  • necessary know-how

We love growing pea, barley grass and sunflower greens as well as radish and broccoli. It’s ideal to sow the seeds at different times so that not everything ripens at once.


Next we’ll talk about how cultivation works.

Sunflower Greens

sunflower microgreen


Soak about 50g of sunflower seeds (with shell) per seed tray in water overnight. This hydrates the seeds and initiates the germination process.


Now the seeds are ready for sowing. To do this, evenly distribute the activated sunflower seeds on organic seed soil (about two cm high), covered with a thin layer of soil. Spray with water twice a day. The soil should be permanently moist but not wet.

Since sunflower seeds are dark germinators and therefore germinate better in the dark, we recommend covering the seed tray for the first 2 days.


Sunflower greens can be harvested from the eighth day. We like to use our fresh greens on raw vegetable bread, in salads, bowls and juices.

Pea Greens

peas microgreen


Green or brown peas can be used for growing pea microgreens.

Like sunflower seeds, peas are dark germinators. Soak 100g of peas per seed tray in water overnight. For further procedure, see above.

Pea greens taste a little like young peas and can be used in salads, juices and much more.


Radish and Broccoli Greens

radish and broccoli microgreen

Radishes and broccoli belong to the cruciferous family and are rich in glucosinolates (mustard oil glycosides). This means they have an anti-inflammatory, immune system-boosting and detoxifying effect.

Radish and broccoli seeds can be grown as both sprouts and microgreens.

Broccoli greens and sprouts are among the newly discovered miracles of vital nutrients. But what actually makes them so healthy?

Their secondary plant substances, especially glucoraphanin, are important. During digestion, glucoraphanin is converted into sulforaphane, a mustard oil glycoside, with the help of the enzyme myrosinase, which is also contained in broccoli. Sulforaphane is considered to be extremely anti-cancer, antioxidant and immune system-boosting (1) (2) (3).

Radish and broccoli seeds are dark germinators. They can be grown in soil or on hemp or coconut fiber mats and harvested seven to eight days after sowing. Radish greens have a mildly spicy to hot taste, and broccoli greens have a mildly spicy taste. They go great in salads, bowls and on sandwiches.


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Below you’ll see microgreens, sprouts and avocado combined in one bowl. These are really concentrated nutrients. For a more gentle dosage, you can simply sprinkle some microgreens over almost any dish or enjoy them in a smoothie or vegetable juice.

sprouts and microgreens


You can find out everything about growing grasses   >> HERE.

wheatgrass juice

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Ulrike Eder (Author)

Ulrike is a naturopath, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach and phytotherapist. Together with her husband, Jürgen, she leads the Holistic Nutrition Coach training program of Your Nutrition Academy.



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