There is a good reason why micro green vegetables are so much more popular than ordinary vegetables. It is not because they are more tasty, although that would help. They are much easier to grow and yield better vegetables. The real reason for their popularity is that they need less tending to.
There are three ways to sprout seeds. The short cut, the greenhouse, and the growing tray. For growing microgreens, you can sprout them in a plastic, glass, or wood pot. You can even use a Tupperware Growing Tray for the smaller quantity.
What about the growing tray? Why should it be used instead of just a pot? It is used mainly because it allows for air circulation around the seedling cart and at the same time, the plants get the right amount of water. As the microgreen roots penetrate deeply into the earth, the soil provides the nutrients it needs for growth. If the roots are deprived of water, they die off.
The microgreen roots get their supply of water through the tiny root hairs on the lower surface of the leaves. A water tray is wrapped around the seedlings in order to retain as much moisture as possible for later use. When it rains, the water pours right on top of the microgreens. This is why most experts recommend putting the plants in an area with a drip irrigation system – the water goes directly to the plant and then evaporates. The soil remains untouched.
Growing coconuts with hemp seed planting mixes is similar to growing any other kind of seedlings except that there is added moisture content. The ideal growing medium is often coconut coir or a combination of coconut coir with vermiculite (a fine ground dust) or straw. Growing with hemp is not difficult and there are many resources available online that provide step-by-step instructions for growing with this unique hybrid of grass.
One of the key issues for avoiding root rot is keeping the plants well watered. Most seedlings require between one and two inches of water per week. During humid months, this may increase to three inches per week. During dry months, however, the watering needs to be reduced to less than a quarter of an inch. Hemp growing principles state that if the roots are adequately watered, they will develop a strong root system and produce healthy and abundant harvests.
The production process of microgreens consists of tightly compacting the trunks and branches of young seedlings to form tight little bundles called “stalked bundles”. The resulting mini trees can have roots and blossoms that are full of highly nutritious, high-energy nutrients, as well as being very resistant to adverse weather conditions. The harvests from these plants each have approximately seventy percent more nutrients and twenty times the vitamin C of a traditional crop. This highly nutritious planting product, which can be used in place of cash crops or as an organic substitute, can also be marketed as a food supplement for those who are not lactose intolerant.
To get the highest yields from your microgreen sprouts, ensure that they are planted in containers that retain moisture on the inside. To prevent mold, make sure that the containers are airtight and that they have good ventilation. These steps will help prevent potential problems for both seedlings and sprouts.
If you are growing microgreens indoors, you may be tempted to save money by not caring for your plants. However, this is not recommended, especially if you are interested in getting high yields of valuable ingredients in organic soil. It is important to provide consistent, timely water for a healthy growing environment. Watering often promotes root growth and the spread of microgreens between pots and containers. When watering, do not use tap water, but use a water-based concentrated fertilizer instead. Once you are finished watering, check the pH level of the soil and fertilize accordingly.
Harvest your sprouts regularly so that you can assess how fresh they are and determine when it is best to eat them. If the sprouts are still hard and gray, they have only a few leaves. You should eat them as soon as possible because their nutritional value is extremely limited and the spent energy has already been expended. You should only harvest one inch of sprouts at a time to ensure maximum results.
If you choose to eat your microgreens right after harvesting them, it will likely be too late to make any health impact from the nutrients in the sprouts. Because microgreens have very small leaves, harvesting them right after planting will result in little or no nutritional benefit. You should try to avoid planting microgreens in pots or containers until after the first bloom appears. This allows for maximum growth and harvest.