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Growing microgreens with trays and seeders at home!

Microgreen farming is getting popular around the world today.

This is the page for those who are interested in starting microgreen farming. In this page, we are going to show you our recommend trays and seeding kit that are best for growing microgreen at home.

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What is microgreen?

Microgreens are young vegetables grown 1 to 3 weeks after sprouting. They are very small and fine vegetables smaller than 5 cm. "Microgreens" is a generic name.

“Microgreens” is a marketing term used to describe tiny, tender, edible greens that germinate in soil or a soil substitute from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. Smaller than “baby greens,” and harvested later than “sprouts,” microgreens can provide a variety of leaf flavors, such as sweet and spicy.  -- USDA

Baby-leaf and sprouts are often mistaken as microgreens. Baby-leaf are vegetables grown older than 1 month after sprouting. Sprouts are the small vegetables grown in the water. Microgreens, on the other hand, are grown in the soil.

Some of the popular microgrees are broccoli, kale, basil, coriander, mustard, amaranth, rocket salad and red cabbage.

Microgreens are used in the restaurant around the world recently. The taste and nutrition are gathering attention especially by gourmets and chefs.

Nutrition of microgreens

In 2014, USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) reported that microgreens contained higher nutritive value. The report started the microgreen boom. The boom began in the US and gradually developed to the world.

Microgreens contain more vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, lutein, carotenoid, in general.

How to grow microgreens at home

Microgreens are short life crops. Normally, microgreens are fresh during 7 days after picking. This is a critical issue for common market logistics. Supermarkets and vegetable retailers are not able to handle the short life microgreens.

The solution is rather simple. Grow microgreens yourself at home!

There are many benefits of growing microgreens at home.

  • It is easy and quick to grow microgreens.
  • You don't need to own "farm". Just need space to store trays at home.
  • You are able to get microgreens at very low price. Microgreens are very expensive in the market!
  • You can start farming at home with very small investment.
  • Enjoy microgreens anytime you want.
  • Share microgreens with neighbors and friends. You can sell microgreens if you wish.

Microgreens are able to grow in the garden. However, we recommend to grow under the roof because strong wind or rain will fall crops easily.

Microgreens sprout at 20 to 25 degree Celsius. After sprouting, temperature should be 15 to 20 degree Celsius ideally.

Trays and Seeders

Let's talk about tools and supplies for growing microgreens.

We recommend to use nursery trays and seeding tools designed for Paper Pot System.

Paper Pot Seeding Tools

Paper Pot is a manual transplanting method. Paper Chain Pot and Transplanter will plant seedlings just pulling the transplanter backward. Please check Paperpot page for more information.

We will use Nursery Trays and Seeding Kit. After spreading the soil over the nursery tray, use dibbler and create small depressions to sow seeds. Then, drop seeds by using Drop Seeder. Lastly, cover the soil by hands or a brush.

The tray is very simple but well designed. The nursery trays originally have been used for planting paddy rice. The nursery flats have many small holes at the bottom. Those holes will drain excessive water and take air efficiently.

If you are thinking to start small farms in the future, we recommend you to have Paperpot System Complete Starter Package. You can use nursery trays and seeding kit for microgreens. Then use a transplanter and paper chain pots later for small farm.

The prices may vary. Please make sure the latest prices before you place an order.

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