It’s hard to believe that basil can be grown in the home, but it can. This guide outlines how you can start growing basil micro greens in your kitchen – from finding a suitable location for the basil seeds to watering your plants. If you’ve never tried to grow plants before, this is a great place to start!
Why Grow Basil?
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used in both fresh and dried forms. It can be added to food as a flavoring or used as a medicinal herb.
Basil is a hardy herb that can be grown in most climates. It grows well in containers, making it easy to take with you on trips. Basil is also easy to grow and can be harvested quickly, so it’s perfect for use in various recipes. In addition, basil has many health benefits.
What Materials Do I Need to Start Growing Basil?
Basil is a popular herb in many cuisines and can be grown at home. This post will detail how to grow basil micro greens, step-by-step. Materials needed are: growing medium, basil seeds, water, and sunlight.
To start growing basil micro greens, you will need the following materials:
Growing Medium: Basil loves fertile soil with good drainage. A good medium for basil is composted worm castings or vermiculite. Avoid using regular potting soil as it is too heavy and not acidic enough for Basil. If you cannot find any of the above materials, then you can use a regular potting soil with some added organic fertilizer.
Basil Seeds: Basil grows best in warm climates where the temperature reaches at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit. For this reason, it is best to start your Basil seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost (in late winter/early spring). Basil seeds should be started in a light soil mix and grown in a sunny spot until they germinate (about 7 days). Once the basil seeds have germinated, water them well and thin out the plants to about 1 inch apart.
Choosing a Spot for Your Basil
If you have a sunny windowsill, growing your own basil is a great option. Basil can be grown in almost any soil type, and the micro green variety is easy to grow. Here are four tips for choosing a spot for your basil:
1. Choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight. Basil grows best in bright light.
2. Choose a location with well-drained soil. Basil does not like wet feet, so make sure the soil is well moist but not waterlogged.
3. Pick a spot that is level and has good drainage. Basil roots poorly in sandy soils or in areas that are wet from rainfall or irrigation.
4. Plant basil seeds 1/8 inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows 24 inches long or spaced 6 to 8 inches apart in a garden bed. Thin plants to 12 inches apart after they germinate.
Setting up the Pot
Setting up your pot is the first and most important step in growing basil micro greens. Follow these simple steps to get started:
1. Fill a pot half full of water and set it on the stovetop to heat.
2. Add a tablespoon of organic vegetable fertilizer to the water.
3. Strip off the leaves of an 8-10 inch stem basil plant, discarding any stems or other debris.
4. Cut each leaf into 1-2 cm pieces and add them to the hot water.
5. Swish the leaves around frequently for about 5 minutes, and then drain them thoroughly in a colander.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 nine more times, making sure to use fresh water and fertilizer each time, until you have used up all of your plants’ leaves.
7. Once all of your plants’ leaves have been used, discard them and wash the pot with warm soapy water.
8. Rinse the pot thoroughly and fill it with fresh clean water.
9. Add one quart of organic vegetable soil to the pot and swish it around until it is fully wetted.
Preparing the Soil for Seedlings
Basil is a popular herb that can be used in both fresh and dried forms. Micro greens are a type of edible plant that is very small, ranging from 0.5 to 2 inches in height. Micro greens are often used as an extra layer of flavor in dishes or as a garnish. Basil micro greens are easy to grow and can be started from seed or from cuttings taken from young plants.
To start basil micro greens, you will need:
-Cellulose or other potting soil
-Asparagus root extract (optional)
-A mist humidifier
Once you have all of the required supplies, follow these steps:
1. Remove the lower leaves of the basil plant. These leaves will not grow microgreen plants.
2. Fill a pot with the desired amount of soil and add the basil seedlings. Make sure they are well watered and place the pot in a warm location with indirect light. Keep the soil moist but do not over water. Basil seeds take about 14 days to germinate.
3. After 14 days, check on the basil
Watering Your Basil Plants
Basil is a great plant to grow indoors during the winter, as long as you give it plenty of water. Here are some tips on watering your basil plants:
-Always water your basil plants from the bottom up. This will help ensure that the roots stay wet and that the plant receives enough water.
-Make sure to water your basil plants frequently enough so that the soil remains moist but not soggy. Watering every day or two is usually sufficient.
-If your basil plants start to show any signs of stress, such as yellowing leaves or wilting plants, then it might be necessary to water them more frequently.
Direct Sowing Seeds
Basil is a hardy perennial that can be grown indoors or outdoors in cooler climates. It prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Basil grows best in well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. In order to direct sow basil, it is recommended to start the seeds in late winter or early spring, after the last frost has died down. To sow the seeds, place them on a surface that is covered with fresh soil and press down lightly so that they are evenly distributed. Then cover the seeds with additional soil and water them gently until they germinate. Once the plants have emerged, thin them out to one plant per pot and continue to water them regularly. Basil can be harvested when it is about 4 inches tall and has dense foliage.