Encouraging a Hobby During Surgery Recovery

JULY 4, 2023  /  KELLI NAPOTNIK  / 

Encouraging a Hobby During Surgery Recovery
I recently received an email from a reader saying she had ordered a microgreens kit for her friend to help during her recovery after surgery. The friend would not be able to be outside gardening for a while, so the kit provided the ability to garden inside from the comfort of home. I absolutely agree that something like a microgreens kit would be a creative way to bless a friend beyond taking meals! At the end of this post, you'll find a DIY microgreens kit you can enjoy yourself or share with a friend.
I love microgreens because they are easy to grow, sprout relatively quickly, and offer a wide variety of nutrition which makes this hobby beneficial for someone who is recovering! Microgreens are full of vitamins like A, E, C, and K as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc. Here are three simple microgreen kits you can order and ship to a loved one who might enjoy a new hobby while healing.
The benefit of using a kit like these is the ability to regrow your microgreens after harvesting. One thing to consider when deciding what to grow is to select seeds that will grow into full-sized herbs, vegetables or lettuce leaves. Some good examples are broccoli seeds, beet seeds, alfalfa seeds, arugula seeds, quinoa and spinach seeds! Some will be spicier than others, like the arugula!
Encouraging a hobby like growing microgreens can be a thoughtful way to support a loved one who has recently gone through a tough time. Better yet, you can both start the same hobby and report back to each other with how it's going. It's a great way to connect and, in this case, talk about how your seeds are doing.
Here is a simple idea you can use to start growing your own microgreens at home.
For a fun DIY Microgreens Kit, gather the following supplies:
  • Empty egg carton
  • Egg shells, halved (not necessary, you could add soil directly to the egg carton if desired)
  • Organic potting soil
  • Microgreen seeds of choice - I like these!
Save halved eggshells in a carton after using them for baking etc. Once you have 12 or the desired amount, place in the empty shells back in the egg carton and fill with potting soil. Sow seeds, 3-4 seeds per egg. Keep them in a sunny window and water as needed! Watch your seeds sprout and harvest them when they are just beginning to leaf or take the kit to a friend along with your meal. This would be a fun hobby for adults and children alike!

Encouraging a Hobby During Surgery Recovery

For more container ideas, I'd recommend reading this wonderful article by Microgreens Corner. Growing microgreens is a hobby that doesn't require much investment, is versatile and easy to share! Do you grow microgreens?
Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram today! We'd also love to see how you use them with meals! This recipe looks delicious!

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