STEP 1 - PREPARE THE COCO COIR
Place the coco coir block into a bowl and slowly add 150ml of boiling water. Add a little more if there are any dry patches but make sure it doesn’t get too wet.
This will prepare enough coco coir for 6 egg shells so reduce quantities as required.
STEP 2 - PREPARE THE EGG SHELLS
Hold an egg in one hand and crack with a table knife about 1cm from the top. Empty the contents and wash the shell with soapy water. It’s best to peel as much of the white membrane from the inside of the shell as you can. Using your finger, roll the membrane down, starting at the top and working towards the bottom then wash again.
STEP 3 - FILL THE EGG SHELLS
When the coco coir has had a few moments to cool down, carefully spoon it into the egg shells. Fill the egg shells to around 1cm from the top making sure you press down and flatten the coco coir.
STEP 4 - SOW THE SEEDS
Sprinkle the seeds on top of the coco coir trying to sow them as evenly as possible all the way to the edges. Use approx one quarter of a packet of seeds (0.25g) per Egghead. You don’t need to add any coco coir on top of the seeds. Gently water each Egghead with 1-2 teaspoons of water or use a spray bottle if you have one.
STEP 5 - DECORATE
Using the eyes and mouth stickers give your Eggheads some character!
STEP 6 - GERMINATION
Place your Eggheads somewhere dark, dry and warm - a kitchen or airing cupboard will work great. After 48 hours you should start to see roots emerging from the seeds at which point you can begin to water each Egghead with 1-2 teaspoons of water once a day.
Be careful not to overwater them, you want the coco coir to be moist but not soaking wet.
STEP 7 - INTO THE LIGHT
After another 2-4 days of darkness the seeds should have taken root and started to grow shoots and small leaves. When most of the shoots are 3-4cms tall they can be moved into the light - a sunny window sill is perfect.
This step can take a little longer depending on the temperature and seed type - some are faster than others.
STEP 8 - WATCH THEM GROW
After being moved into the light the Microgreens will start to grow rapidly. Continue watering your Eggheads once a day with 1-2 teaspoons of water - try to water at the base of the shoots keeping the leaves dry. If the shoots start to droop then increase the amount of water slightly but be careful not to over water them.
STEP 9 - HARVEST
Your Microgreens will be ready to harvest and eat after around 7-10 days when they are 6-8cm tall. Carefully cut them with clean scissors towards the base of the shoots.