How To Grow Lots Of Microgreens At Home


How to grow microgreens at home

Microgreens are fun, and easy to grow, and offer a wide variety of edible herbs.

They don't take up much space and can be harvested very quickly.


You honestly don't need that much to get started, just a couple of main equipment, and commitment, and you're good to go.


Today, we will be going over how to grow lots of microgreens at home. We will be showing you what equipment you will need, and how you will be using that equipment to grow lots of microgreens.


We will be growing microgreens vertically, and to do that. We will be using wired shelves. Wired shelves are perfect for growing microgreens vertically, as they allow you to stack multiple microgreens on top of one another.


The microgreens will be grown in growing trays that are 10 inches wide, and 20 inches long. Preferably, 2 - 4 trays per shelf. They will be grown under LED grow light strips. Which will provide the plants the light they need in order to survive.


The LED grow light strips will be attached under the shelf via zip ties, or clamps, whichever you prefer. Usually, LED grow light strips will already come with multiple mounting options when you receive the lights.


Here are the materials you are going to need in order to follow along in this guide.


Grow With Proper Shelving

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Shelving allows you to grow lots of microgreens in a small space, as the shelving will be used for growing microgreens vertically, instead of horizontally.


This ultimately saves space and allows you to grow many different kinds of microgreens. You can experiment with different kinds of microgreens, and get a feel for growing vertically.


I believe growing vertically is the best and most efficient way for growing food indoors.


The entire goal is to have a wired shelf with 2 grow trays on the top 2 racks and LED grow light strips on each one. This is a great way to get started, and once you get comfortable, you can expand, and buy more later.


Setting up the wired shelves is pretty self-explanatory, when you receive the shelf, read the user manual, and follow the steps to set it up.



Have The Right Type of Lighting

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Lighting is one of the most important things needed in order to have a successful grow.

Full-spectrum LED grow light strips are going to be the best option, they produce way less heat than fluorescents, and last 10 times longer.


Start with 2 LED grow light strips that are both 4ft long, so you can attach them to the wired shelf. Each shelf must have 2 led grow lights strips. The LED grow lights are incredibly important for growing microgreens! Without them, your microgreens will not survive.



Setup The Grow Trays

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Finding seeds and grow trays can easily be found online at amazon. When it comes to soil

I recommend creating you're own. To do this you simply choose a soil and add nutrients.


Now I've tried many different growing mediums and the one that gave me the best results is coco coir as it retains moisture and is pest-free.


Once you choose the growing medium you want to use now it's time to add the nutrients. I recommend using Earthasworm Ctings. I get the best results using 1 cup of earthworm castings per grow tray.


Earthworm castings provide nitrogen to the plants, and nitrogen is an essential nutrient that promotes healthy growth.


Earthworm castings are not required, but every grower in my opinion needs to own some earthworm castings for growing. As they will ultimately improve the health of every plant that you grow with them in the soil.


Set 2 trays on each rack of the wired shelf right below the LED grow lights and start germinating the seeds. Each microgreen germinates differently so I recommend you research before you start growing.



How To Grow Microgreens At Home

Once you get all the materials needed, all you got to do now is start germinating the seeds and start growing! If you would like to read an in-depth guide on how to grow each specific microgreen, then feel free to read my free microgreen guide.


FAQ


How Often Do You Water Microgreens?

Microgreens are best to be watered 1 to 2 times a day with a spray bottle. Once in the morning and once in the evening. Also, Instead of using a spray bottle, which can cause mold to grow.


Use a second growing tray under the one that is growing microgreens and fill it with water. Make sure the growing tray that is growing microgreens has holes at the bottom, so the second growing tray can give water to the roots of the microgreens.


A spray bottle is helpful when watering the microgreens as they are germinating. but other than that, once they are germinated. I highly recommend you use a watering tray under the growing tray until harvest time.


Be careful not to overwater as that can increase your chances of mold growing when using a spray bottle. To prevent mold from growing, water the plants as directed and have plenty of airflow with many small fans.


How Many Hours Of Light Do Microgreens Need?

When using an LED grow light, keep the light on for 18 hours, and off for 6 hours a day. This will ensure maximum growth for the microgreens and is something that should not be overlooked.

Types Of Microgreens You Can Grow:

  • Radish

  • Sunflower

  • Arugula

  • Wheatgrass

  • Broccoli

  • Cabbage

  • Cauliflower

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Kohlrabi

  • Mustard

  • Clover

  • Spinach

  • Fennel

  • Dill

  • Anise

  • Peas

  • Amarant

  • Chives

  • Beets / Chard

  • Basil

  • Cress

  • Carrots


Here's an idea, you don't have to do this, but it's an option, a smart option.


Since you will be growing microgreens indoors, you can control the climate and environmental conditions. But you can NOT control the power grid of your city, therefore, if it goes out, so will your whole indoor operation.


To get around this, you will need your own source of electricity being generated from your own home. To do this, Get some solar panels as soon as possible. Being dependent on the power grid of your city, state, or country, is not safe, nor reliable.


If you live in the United States, you must know there are only 3 main power grids. 1 of those power grids is for the entire state of Texas.


If even 1 national power grid was to be cyber-attacked or destroyed from within. We will not have electricity for months, if not years before things went back to normal. If things were to ever go back to normal, most likely prices will rise.


My point is, the more homes that have their own source of free electricity, the better off humanity is ultimately in the long term.


The solar panels will power the indoor microgreen garden that will feed you for FREE. Free food, and free electricity, being produced from your own home. That is a possibility with current technology, but my question to you is, will you take the necessary steps to make it happen?


Now I will be brutally honest, if you can't afford solar panels, you need to work on your cash flow first. Get your money up first, get your finances in order, then buy solar panels and get everything set up, so you can have free electricity and free food.


Use the money you work for to buy things you will no longer need to work for, basically, use your money to buy yourself FREEDOM!

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