Growing microgreens: It’s hard to grow good lettuces in the heat of summer – they dry out easily, and become hard and slightly bitter in taste. They grow best in spring and autumn, but if you are growing lettuce in summer it’s best to find a spot that gets some shade for part of the day. Microgreens are a good alternative any time but particularly when it’s hard to grow lettuces. Microgreens are ready in 10 days or less, they’re always tender and fresh and they’re jam-packed with nutrients. Choose a container that has lots of holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill the container with a good potting mix, to which we recommend you add seaweed fertiliser and rock dust. The more nutrients in the soil, the more nutrients there’ll be in your plants. That’s why microgreens are better for you than sprouts which are grown in just water. Buy your microgreen seeds in bulk from places like Kings Seeds. Keep them in the fridge at least 2 weeks before sowing to aid with germination. Sprinkle seeds thickly over the potting mix, and press down firmly. You can cover the seeds with a substrate like vermiculite but not potting mix. In fact we don’t recommend you use vermiculite with cress and rocket because it sticks to the seedlings. The seeds are perfectly fine with nothing over them. Water well, cover with a damp cloth, and put in a shady spot to germinate. Check the pots every day and water as necessary. Once germinated take the cloth off. Growing wheatgrass: Use a similar container as for microgreens and the same growing medium (see above). Purchase wheat seeds from the bulk bin in an organic store and remember to refrigerate them for two weeks before sowing. Sow seeds very thickly and […]
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