Have you always wanted to try growing microgreens in greenhouse? They can be an excellent addition to any vegetable garden. There are so many advantages to planting microgreens in a greenhouse: they’re easy to grow, they taste great, they’re delicious, they’re colorful, they’re aromatic, they add color and flavor to nearly everything you eat, and they’re nutritious. This article will explain how to plant and harvest microgreens in greenhouse.
When it comes to growing microgreens in greenhouse, the first thing you need to do is to purchase some seeds. Fortunately, most seed stores and nurseries carry microgreens, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding them. However, if you want a certain variety, check with your local nurseries or seed stores to see if they have any available. Many greenhouses and organic garden centers also sell different varieties of seeds.
If you have no idea what kind of microgreens to get, don’t worry – it’s really not that hard to figure out. Just look for closely related varieties of greens (for example, if you’re growing red peppers, look for red microgreens) or similar looking plants, like wheat. Once you’ve found some seeds, just place them in moist soil in a hole large enough for your microgreen to fit in, cover the soil with a little bit of soil, water well, and let the seeds sit for a couple of days.
After the required time, you should put the seeds in a plastic bag and freeze them. When thawing out, make sure they are still at the stage where they are firm and plump up. Microgreens usually dry out a bit during the process. Once your microgreens have thawed, pluck them from the bag and place them in a shallow container of your choice, like a baby food jar or a small Tupperware bowl. Make sure to carefully tie the ends of the bag to prevent moisture from leaking out and killing the seeds.
To plant your microgreens, dig a hole the same depth as the length of the seeds, but wider than the width. Fill with loosely packed organic soil, about an inch deep. Microgreens don’t like a lot of soil, so don’t over-fertilize. As the plants grow, the soil will fill in around the seeds, giving them room to spread out and develop their roots.
When your microgreens start showing signs of growth, you’ll know that it’s time to harvest. Remove the plant from the bag and cut off the top 2 inches of its stem. The green can be easily discarded (it will break down as it grows), but the underground stems should be packed into a jar or Tupperware dish for later planting. If you’re planning to replant the microgreen greens in future years, just remove the underground stems and plant new ones. Make sure the holes are pretty large for the tiny plants to get enough room to grow.
Now you’re ready to harvest! Remove the seeds from the microgreens and put them into a clean jar or Tupperware dish with a little water. Cover the seeds with dirt when you’re ready to collect the cuttings. The soil should feel damp but not wet when you pick it up, so moist soil is perfect. Use your hand to gently turn the tiny plants to loosen the soil, then scoop it into your garden spade or pick up a small shovel and turn the soil back over to compact it.
Your microgreens will be ready to start growing in just two weeks, if you follow these simple steps. The good news is that you can grow more than one type of greens at a time, so you’ll always have some fresh greens on hand. It’s not hard to multiply your first planting by the number of plants you intend to have, so be sure to plant those you plan to use immediately. Microgreens really aren’t difficult to grow, even in a tight growing environment. The key is to make sure they get plenty of sunlight and moisture to grow their way to harvest time. Happy growing!