Planning for Microgreens #1

Things to consider before you start

There are three main areas you want to think about before getting started with growing microgreens.

1-Place to grow microgreens (this blog post)

2-Types of microgreens to grow (next blog post)

3-Quantity of seed needed to get started (a later blog post)

1-A place to grow microgreens

Microgreens need a moderate amount of light to grow well after they germinate. We’ll talk about lighting options in an upcoming section on equipment and supplies. They also need good ventilation and a fairly steady temperature between 65 and 71 degrees Farhenheit. For that reason, growing them in your living area versus an enclosed, dark basement might work better for you.

Standard greenhouse supply 1020 growing trays have a footprint that is 10”x20”. I recommend these trays if you plan on growing your microgreens on an ongoing basis. If this is a one off growing experiment, you can use anything on hand that won’t fall apart if wet and alllows for some drainage, along with holding your soil. You want a table, shelf or windowsill large enough to hold your containers.

The greens have to be watered on a daily basis so you need access to water. A kitchen sink, watering pail with sprinkler spout, spray bottle with mister (for a limited number of trays), or hose with sprinkler attachment all work for the  germination stage. A way to dip the trays once they have germinated is also needed. A cheap plastic storage container  or sink that is just a bit bigger around than your growing trays will work just fine. It should be 4-6 inches deep. So think about where you would have good access to water.

You also need want to be sure that you have adequate ventilation. The plants need a regular change of air (just like humans!).

Your Assignment:

Tell me where you think you have the best location for growing your own microgreens. You can comment on our facebook page, Paradise Acres Farm MI.