If you’ve always wanted to grow microgreens but don’t know where to start or what you’ll need, this list of essential microgreen supplies will help you get started.
People who grow a lot usually use these 21″ x 11″ growing trays. They can be reused over and over and they fit easily on greenhouse shelves, on patios or balconies, or wherever you decide to grow.
2. GROWING MEDIUM
Some microgreens can be grown without soil (hydroponically), while others, like sunflower sprouts, do better in soil or a growing medium. You can use regular potting soil for growing microgreens but I prefer to use organic coconut coir.
Coconut coir is a renewable resource made from the husks of coconuts. It’s a great growing medium because it is free of bacteria and fungal spores, is easier to work with than soil, and has everything that your microgreens need to grow healthy and strong.
3. GROWING PADS
Most seeds will grow without any soil at all, so if you want to skip the mess and grow hydroponically you can use Sure to Grow Pads. They fit the 21″ x 11″ growing trays mentioned above but can be cut to fit whatever size container you’re using.
You can also buy a Hydroponic Microgreens Growing Kit which contains these pads as well as everything else you need to grow microgreens hydroponically, including seeds.
4. SPRAY BOTTLE
All you really need to keep your microgreens moist is a spray bottle. Just spritz your growing greens daily and don’t let them get dry, but don’t overwater them. How often they’ll need to be sprayed with water will depend on where you’re growing them. Microgreens grown outdoors in the sun will require more frequent waterings whereas ones grown indoors or in a greenhouse may retain moisture better.
5. pH Control Items
Microgreens do best when your water has a pH of about 6. This pH Control Kit contains pH test drops to test your water as well as drops to raise or lower your pH as needed.
You can also buy just the pH test drops and then raise or lower the pH of the water using baking soda and vinegar.
Last but certainly not least … seeds! You can buy individual bags of seeds or start with an assortment of seeds like the Basic Dozen Microgreens Seeds Assortment which includes 12 of the most popular microgreen seeds, including basil, amaranth, tatsoi, curled cress, basic salad mix, spicy salad mix, green curled ruffec endive, cauliflower, broccoli, arugula, mizuna, and kale.
Not included in that assortment but absolutely my favorite microgreen to grow are onions. They look like tiny chives and they’re awesome in salads, sandwiches, stir fries, and much more.