You have probably seen eating microgreens in the grocery store but if you are new to this, you might not know how to plant them. Microgreens belong to the family of spinach like vegetables but unlike most spinach they have a very short lifespan. This article will tell you about what you need to know about planting microgreens so that you can grow your own fresh vegetables at home.
Before anything else, what do you need for growing microgreens? The first thing that you need is a good quality, wide area garden bed. Do not settle for one small area, no matter how pretty it may look, because microgreens require good drainage and adequate light for best growth. Do not use a plastic garden bed as your growing medium either; use something like a Terra cotta tile or something similar. Also remember that you need to use a soil that has been fired at the right temperature and at least one tablespoon of bone meal per 5 gallon pots.
Once you have chosen your site for planting your microgreen crops, make sure that you pick a location that is shady most of the day. Microgreens require lots of sunlight so make sure that you have a shaded spot in your backyard or garden to plant your microgreens. Make sure that the area where you will be planting is fairly level. If your soil is not level, your microgreens will not grow properly.
When you plant your microgreens, use good, old-fashioned fertilizer! There is nothing more harmful to your plants than to use something that is not designed for growing. Make sure that you use a finely ground limestone or lime and water. Microgreens really thrive on a well-balanced soil so use this as you would a nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer. You can also use a bonsai soil mix if you are uncertain about how your soil is going to act.
Make sure that your container is well ventilated. Microgreens love it hot and if you provide your plant with direct sunlight, you are sure to be rewarded with beautiful blooms. Microgreen container gardening is very popular, in fact, it is one of the easiest types of container gardening. But if you are new to this form of container gardening, you may want to use a starter kit before you purchase any materials. The starter kits include everything you need to get started including instructions, planting tips, growing containers, planting guide, pH testing strips and other miscellaneous materials that you might need for your first planting.
Some microgreens will need an additional layer of soil in order to grow properly. Most of these need an additional inch of gravel or sand, so that they will stay healthy and your roots won’t have to wade through the sand or gravel to reach the light needed by the plant. If your plants are not receiving enough sunlight or if your container is not being supplied with enough gravel or sand, they will likely not grow as well.
It is best to provide your microgreens with direct sunlight during the day, and a good amount of dark indirect light at night. Microgreens do not like having their leaves or roots drenched in water. If your container does not already have ample light, you may need to add extra growing lights. Other things to keep in mind is that microgreens require less water than most other plants, and they are very sensitive to high temperatures.
When you choose the best container for growing microgreens, you must take into consideration the needs of your microgreens. They should have similar growing requirements as other plants. If your microgreens do not have some of these things in place, then your choice of container will be less than optimal. The type of nutrients your microgreens need, water, light and temperature need to be closely monitored in order to ensure healthy growth. Providing your plants with the best possible conditions will help them thrive and grow.