Growing microgreens on a table at home is quite simple, however you have to be sure you are planting them in a location where the sunlight is evenly distributed and that the microgreens are not exposed to strong winds or strong sunlight. As for how to grow microgreens at home without soil is really simple.
First of all, if you decide to purchase seeds from a store or seed company, you will want to know about how they should be stored when they arrive at your home. Microgreens are usually ground up into a fine powder so you should either make it up as you go along or throw it away and make another batch when it’s finished.
Once the seeds are ground up, they are ready to be planted. There are different ways to do this and some are more effective than others, but you can do anything from planting the seeds in a garden or even on the ground if you don’t have a lot of space.
Many people choose to put their seeds into a food mill, which is basically a long stick that is used to break down the seeds until they become pulverized enough to be used. This is a great way to get seeds into your soil because there is no digging required and you can get them into the soil in just a few hours.
For your first batch of microgreens, I would recommend mixing a couple of teaspoonfuls of organic fertilizer in with the water you will use to get the seeds to germinate. However, you can add this at the same time you prepare the seed mixture or a day or two before you plan to plant them.
After the water is applied, you will want to allow the seeds to soak in it for twenty minutes before rinsing them. This soaking is needed to allow the water to work into the roots and allow the seeds to make more roots for themselves after the soak.
It’s important to remember that while you can grow microgreens without soil, they will probably not yield the same amount of product as they will with a little bit of organic matter in the soil. If you are planning on making more, you might want to think about adding compost to the area where you are going to plant them.
When the seeds are soaked, you will then want to pour the seed mixture over the top of the seeds and then cover with a clean piece of cloth. You will want to place this in the area where the seeds will root but keep it covered with the cloth so it does not get disturbed by birds or other animals.
You want to take the seeds out once it has fully soaked and then spread them out on the paper to dry. After they are dried out a little bit, you will want to prick them and place them into a water-bath to dry.
Now that the seed mixture is soaked, you will need to place a wire netting on top of the seeds to prevent them from drying out. After they have dried and are ready to be planted, you can cover them with a layer of soil and water them very gently but effectively.
Just be sure to make a hole big enough for the roots to fit through and to keep them from drying out in between and then plant them into the seed mixture. Do not dig holes in the seed mixture before the seeds are placed in so they can have the moisture they need to grow.
The whole process should only take about two weeks and you should have lots of seeds in your hand by the end of it. When the seedlings are about six inches tall, you can now prune them and plant them into the seed mixture to start growing microgreens at home.