Category: Gardening Tutorials

How To Grow Microgreens From Start To Finish – Complete Guide

Learning how to grow microgreens could be a lucrative study – especially if you have limited gardening skills, space, and time. They’re quick to grow (1-3 weeks from seed to harvest). They have a high yield to space ratio. Microgreens are suitable for all climates and they grow all year round. Chefs love them for their nutrition and culinary properties. And they require minimal investment (time and effort).

But just as with any other crop, productivity comes down to your gardening practices. For this reason, Epic Gardening has brought us this comprehensive ‘dos and don’ts’ tutorial video guide for aspiring microgreen gardeners.

Common varieties include spinach, amaranth, basil, celery, chervil, coriander, lettuce, kale, parsley, radish, peas, arugula, and beets. The best seeds to plant are relative to your local market and the prevailing / anticipated demand. And no; there are no special seeds for growing microgreens — but it’s best to use certified organic seeds that are free of potentially harmful pesticides and fungicides.

Materials/Equipment: Container/tray, organic seeds of your choosing, growing medium, spray bottle, a gardening light source, and a covering cloth.

Planting the Seeds: When planting the microgreen seeds, it’s best to use fine-grain soil that allows the roots to move with minimal resistance. First pour some water into the container, then add the soil (leaving some space at the top). PS: You may have to pre-soak some seeds such as sunflowers and wheat to speed up their germination.

Growing Tips: Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the growing medium — avoiding large pockets or chunking. Spray a light mist of water over the seeds to help kickstart their germination. Depending on the seeds, cover the bed to block out light and wait for the seeds to pop up.

Harvesting: Once the seeds germinate to around 3 inches tall (again, depending on the species), use a pair of scissors to snip the stems.

How To Grow Microgreens From Start To Finish (COMPLETE GUIDE)
How To Grow Microgreens From Start To Finish – Complete Guide – Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtvuMNVLISo

How To Build A Hinged Hoophouse For A Raised Bed Garden

A hinged hoophouse for a raised garden is a great project for DIY gardeners. As the name implies, it’s basically a greenhouse-type cover—may it be plastic, fabric, or netting—placed over pipe arches that bend around a raised bed in a ‘hoop’ shape. (PS: Adding a hinge facilitate easy access to your plants).

The structure comes in handy when you want to protect your vegetables from external threats such as pest, limit weather damage (especially during cold months), and facilitate a year-long harvest.

In a video on The Gardening Channel With James Prigioni, our host walks us through the process of building a hinged hoophouse – which will hopefully set you up for a bountiful harvest. Here’s a breakdown of the video:

PLEASE NOTE: The style, dimensions, and some materials of your hinged hope house depend on the type of raised garden you have and of course, your budget.

Materials

• Greenhouse film – 6 Mil Thickness
• 4 Douglas Fir 2″x4″s
• 1/2 Inch to 3/4 Inch PVC pipe
• Six 1/2-in x PVC Sch 40 Caps
• Furring strips 1 Inch x 2 Inches
• 4 Pressure-Treated 2″x12″ Boards
• Deck Screws – 1 and 1/4 Inch, Plus 3 and 1/2 Inch
• Snap Clamp – 1/2 Inch X 4 Inches Wide
• Two Hinges
• A Stainless Steel Handle

Process

1. Cut the 2×4’s to match the dimensions of the raised bed. This offers a platform for the hinged hoophouse.

2. Screw the caps into the 2×4’s towards the inner corners. These will hold the PVC pipes as you hoop them.

3. Measure the distance between the caps; divide this distance by 2 to get the radius; then multiply by 3.14 for an estimate of the PVC pipes’ length.

4. Install the hoops and support pipes to create a frame.

5. Drape the greenhouse film over the structure and pull it tight over the frame. You can use the Snap clamps to hold the cover in place.

6. Secure the plastic cover by ‘sandwiching’ it between the 2×4 Douglas firs and furring strips.

7. Install hinges and a handle.

Check out the YouTube tutorial for more.

How To Build A HINGED HOOPHOUSE For A Raised Bed Garden
How To Build A Hinged Hoophouse For A Raised Bed Garden – Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef_TS19TRQg

DIY Composter Tumbler – 55 Gallon Barrel Project

Most gardeners appreciate compost as a wonderful soil enricher and conditioner. It adds value to humus, aerates, and fertilizes the soil. Yet some gardeners shun this ‘organic elixir’ of plant health — pointing an accusatory finger at the labor and time that goes into nurturing / caring for the compost heap.

Nutrient-rich compost is the product of millions of microbes breaking down organic matter – i.e., decaying. For this, you need a good circulation of oxygen. Traditionally, farmers had to churn the compost by shoveling it frequently.

But as YouTuber Homesteadonomics explains in his DIY composter building tutorial, composting doesn’t have to be a headache. The video illustrates the step-by-step process of turning a typical 55-gallon barrel into a functional and hassle-free composter. This is a great way to turn your family’s kitchen scraps into free soil fertilizer for the growing season.

The tutorial is basically a 3-part process as summarized below:

• The Barrel: To save some time, it’s better to go with a barrel that has a removable lid—rather than stressing over hinges with a sealed-off tumbler. Drill holes at the halfway point for the axle pipe at the center of the barrel. Also, drill a series of small holes around the barrel and one larger one at the bottom for better airflow.

• A Wooden Support Frame: Homesteadonomics used 2″x6″ boards (10ft long) to build the frame.

• Axle pipe: This is rod that willll allow you to roll the tumbler and mix up the compost with little effort.

Hopefully, this video tutorial gives you the momentum and direction to build your own DIY compost tumbler!

DIY Composter Tumbler - 55 Gallon Barrel Project
DIY Composter Tumbler – 55 Gallon Barrel Project – Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNHDJnYz4jY