Microgreens are relatively small, succulent vegetables that come in a large variety of colors. These vegetables are very easy to grow and yield very well. Microgreens are not like traditional vegetables where you need a thick blanket of soil to get them to grow properly. Microgreens are extremely easy to plant and to care for, especially if you choose a well-rooted variety.
The key to growing microgreens is their high water-holding capacity. They are best planted in heavy clay soils with a concentration of about 0.5% to one inch of soil sand. Microgreens can survive in all kinds of weather, including light rain and drought. Because microgreens need only moderate amounts of fertilizer, they are very economical to purchase. You can save money on growing nutrients, too.
If you are new to growing microgreens, you may want to try a starter kit that contains nutrients to get your plants started. Be sure to check the nutrient requirements of the microgreens you plan on planting as some varieties will require more or less of a specific nutrient to grow well. If you are not sure what your microgreen needs, look up its planting guide or consult a hydroponic store employee to help you find the right one for your type of micro green.
Microgreens are sold in many hydroponic stores as well as at online retailers. Be sure to ask your local hydroponics retailer how much of each nutrient your plant needs. Be sure to buy a kit that contains the best nutrients for the type of climate in your area has. For example, different areas have different freezing and thawing periods. Be sure to choose a kit that can be used for both freezing and thawing, too.
While choosing your nutrients for growing microgreens, it is important to remember that some are better sources of nutrients than others. Nitrates are good sources of organic compounds like nitrogen while phosphates are better sources of potassium. For growing microgreens, it is best to use organic materials such as manure, sugarcane pellets or corn cob.
If you plan to use soil for planting your microgreen, you will need to mix the soil with a medium that contains enough moisture for the plant to thrive in. The sand or perlite is a good choice as it is highly absorbent and does not add much extra weight to your pot. It is also a premium soil material, so it will hold nutrients better than other soils.
Microgreens love a well drained environment. Water must be constantly added while growing. Try and keep the soil moist but not soggy. This can lead to root rot and other diseases, however, watering is essential during their growing stage.
One great advantage of growing your own kale is that they do not require pesticides. However, to ensure the best results you should pick out the type of kale that will do best in your area. Almonds and other nuts are an excellent source of protein. Nuts can be ground into a paste and combined with peanut butter. As an alternative, almonds can be combined with dates, raisins and currants for a sweet and nutritious snack treat.
The texture of your microgreen is very important. Smooth or slightly textured. Do not use lumpy or wispy feeds. This will prevent them from absorbing nutrients properly.
You should check the PH levels of your soil. High PH levels make them more alkaline and therefore better for growing. You should check your soil every few weeks to see its condition. Adding a pH neutral soil mix is recommended for the best results.
A vital tip for growing microgreens is their water requirements. They need a minimum of an inch of water every day. A full soaking bath can take them up to a week to finish. Watering should be done just before the warmth on the leaves begins to die down. If you are concerned about over-watering, give them less water. This will help them finish out the season with less stress and enjoy healthy blooms.