Microgreens are not only great for salads but also great for use in cooking and adding flavor to a wide variety of foods. The key to growing microgreens successfully is to know how to prepare them for the perfect harvest.
Microgreens can be eaten raw, cooked or added to salads, soups, or other dishes. They can also be used in desserts and ice cream. To be successful with these kinds of dishes you must know the proper way to prepare them. This article will give you a step by step guide to grow your own microgreens indoors.
If you decide to grow microgreens at home you will need to make sure that you follow the steps outlined below: Water the microgreens regularly so that they do not wilt and become limp. When it comes to growing microgreens in pots, this is just as important as keeping them moist. You do not want your little green wonders to rot away when they’re young!
Start out by planting seeds in a very shallow container (one inch deep) in an area where you have good air circulation and cold stratosphere conditions. Your microgreens will need as much sunlight as possible.
Microgreens can be grown indoors during the winter months, during the grow season, as well as in warmer climates during the summer. Microgreens are also great when they are planted in containers outside because they are usually subjected to shorter periods of exposure to light. This means that they will be more likely to germinate and to grow quickly.
When you decide to use your microgreens inside, your planting location should be in a warm soil that drains well. You should also not use any soil or compost that contains fertilizer. During the grow season you should water your plants frequently. Keep in mind that microgreens need more water than standard plants, so you should water them every few days, perhaps even every hour.
To begin, you will need to choose the type of pot that will best suit your microgreens. You should choose a pot that has enough room for the plant to grow upward and roots to be able to continue to grow upwards. If you have already bought a pre-cut planter for your microgreens, then you should remove it before you plant the seedlings. Before you water your plants, make sure that you are aware of the drainage issues that exist in the planter.
The root system of your plants is very important. After watering the plants, you should test the depth of the soil that your microgreens will be planted in. If the soil that you chose is too deep, then you should add a couple of inches of compost, compost tea, or grit.
After you have decided on a fertilizer, start feeding your plants every week, however, if you have a planter, it will be difficult to monitor what your microgreens are getting each week. This is why you may want to use a water soluble fertilizer and feed them every two weeks, as your plants get their supply. It is recommended that you use a pH balanced fertilizer that has no extra nitrogen in it.
Feeding your plants once every month is best but using slow release nutrients is okay as well. You should use organic fertilizers that contain around four parts per million nitrogen, ten parts per million phosphorus, and five parts per million potassium. Be sure to not fertilize your plants before the soil has been cleaned out.
Before you water your plants, you should first thoroughly wash them to remove any dirt and debris. When you are ready to put your microgreens into the grow tray, simply place the tray in a place where you have good air circulation. Then cover your growing medium with a plastic sheet.
Finally, allow your plants to get a steady heat and light. However, it is best to avoid direct sunlight for the first month or so, so as to get the microgreens to mature more slowly.