Have you been wondering how to prepare microgreens? Microgreens are small, purple and sweet gourmet vegetables that come from a specific plant, the Iceberg Lettuce. These vegetables grow very quickly and they can be planted as soon as you get home from your garden. If you are interested in growing microgreens but don’t know how to do so, you can follow the simple steps below:
The first step in how to prepare microgreens for planting is to get them from their natural environment as quickly as possible. For this you should collect fresh leaves from the Iceberg lettuce plant, which grows in the Mediterranean area. The best time to collect these leaves is just after the plant has flowered. You should remove as many leaves as possible, as this will speed up the growth process. After the leaves have flowered, you should put them into a mesh or sieve to sterilize them before you get them.
The second step in how to prepare microgreens for planting is to collect the microgreens seeds. You can buy these seeds from any seed store or online. However, bear in mind that the smaller the seed the better, because they won’t germinate as fast. Once you have collected the seeds you should put them in a small plastic bag and seal it with a piece of cellophane. This ensures that the seeds remain dry until you need them.
Once the seeds are dried they can be stored in an airtight container. The micro green seeds that you get should be about five millimetres in size. If the seedlings have taken too much water or if they are overgrown, you may find that they are not quite dry. In this case you can repot them. This can be done either by taking them outside, putting them in a container of water, and later transferring them back to the garden.
The third step in how to prepare microgreens for planting is by taking the tiny seedlings and dividing them into two pieces. The small pieces should be about one centimetre in size. You should place these pieces into cellophane bags and tie them off with a string so they don’t get lost. These bags should then be placed into the mesh basket in your garden. The bags of arugula microgreens you make can be eaten on their own but you should ensure that they have been thoroughly sterilized first. Once the seedlings are thoroughly sterilized, you can put them into a small plastic bag and freeze them until you are ready to use them.
Once your seedlings have been stored in the mesh bags, they should then be ready to be planted. There are different ways you can plant these vegetables. If you live in an area where frost is common, you should carefully plant your microgreens using cold weather methods. Frost will stunt growth in other vegetables including your own and reducing their health benefits. Another good method for planting your microgreens is using pots or tubs filled with water with holes in them.
When you have successfully planted your microgreens you will notice that they will soon start to sprout. This can happen immediately or a week later. To ensure you have plenty of these healthy growing vegetables you should start to fertilize them on a regular basis. Fertilizing your microgreens helps to keep them growing well and encourages their growth. When you do fertilize your vegetables ensure that you follow a proper fertilization schedule.
Once your seedlings have sprouted you will need to remove them from the potting mix. You should then cut off any green shoots that are on the leaves and stems of the microgreens. You should keep all of these cutting away from the main growing area as they will compete with other plants for nutrients. You should also be careful when harvesting your microgreens. Harvesting your greens is not difficult, simply cut the leaf that is no longer needed and remove the rest of the green leaf.