What Are The Needed Tools To Grow Microgreens

Hello. Hello. We’re back with another video for you. Today’s title will be “What Are the Needed Tools to Grow Microgreens? ” In the last video we had a box out here. We talked about the cost of it. Now I’m going to show you a little bit what’s in this box. Like I said yesterday, this box with shipping and everything was under 100 bucks. I think it’s actually free shipping coming from … this is a company that we work with, we work really close with, and they do fulfillment with us.

This is a microgreens growing kit, and it is the deluxe model. Within this box there’s a little bit of literature, an invoice. They also have a little bit of instructions, and of course, they talk about the soil method. They talk about the hydroponic method, which being a soil health expert, hydroponics is not going to be an ideal, but back to this box.

Even though the title said tools, these are probably more materials that are needed. I should start out by saying the first thing you’re going to need is either a countertop or a table for your trays. That’s pretty simple as far as it’s doesn’t have to be anything elaborate to start out with.

This is probably a $20 table at best, $25 folding table that I bought at a Sam’s Club or something like that that I use. I take it with me when I do this type of work and I can fold it up. When you get more advanced, we’ll look at doing layed trays, and we have some rolling trays that we do our stuff on. That is kind of a more of an advanced setting, more of an advanced method of growing, and we’ll approach that as time goes on as you … if you want to scale this business and get bigger, then we can talk about that.

The first thing that they have in here is the mat. This mat is more for doing it with the hydroponics. Then we have our seed, and there’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 bags of seed. It varies from cilantro, basal, kohlrabi, radish sprouting, cabbage, basic salad mix, mustard, spicy salad mix, and then there’s two that are basic salad mix.

In addition, just for food for thought, I would order sunflower, I would order radish and I would order peas. In addition to that, if you want to learn more about growing those. This is a good start. But in your markets you’re going to find some of your top selling ones are going to be sunflowers, they’re going to be radishes and they’re going to be the peas. That’s the seed that comes in here.

Oh, and I stand corrected because here’s the sunflowers. Basically what you’d have to order is the radish and the peas, and you don’t have to be really selective on the peas, a green pea variety will work just fine. These is called certified organic black oil. That says five pack, so there’s five bags in here.

I’m guessing when we get down to where the trays are at, then they send two bags of potting mix, potting soil. There’s some things we’re going to want to do with this to create more nutrient density. We’re going to be wanting to add our super soil product to this which you can order off our site. That’s one thing but actually to start out with … and we can give you some tips if you want to get started right away where you can run down … if you’re in an area where you’d have like a Walmart or something like that or Home Depot or Lowe’s, you could run down to the garden center.

We’ll give you some tips on what you can pick up that resembles our … it’s not going to be the same product as our super soil, but it’s a resemblance to it. Two bags of soil in our deluxe micro growing kit. Then we have trays, and they send out trays. There’s one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 trays. They have enough trays for all the seed that was there plus a little bit more.

Then there is a pH kit for testing soil, and then there’s a spray bottle … spray bottle to keep the top moisten. That is what is in our deluxe growing kit. Actually very complete, and for the price quite affordable. With that, that kind of concludes on what we want to talk about here. As far as the tools, what tools are needed to grow microgreens.

Thanks for watching. My name’s Steve Szudera. I’m founder of Table Top Farmer. If you’re watching this on Facebook and this is your first time, click the follow button. If you’re watching it on YouTube, you can subscribe to this channel and then receive updates as to when we are posting these. If there’s someplace else that you’re watching this, subscribe to whatever, or on Facebook, give us a like. Put your questions in the comments box below and we’ll go through those and answer them as they come along. With that we are between rain showers here and it’s actually trying to start up a little bit again. We are going to get things packed up and put away once again. Thanks for watching.

How Much Does It Cost To Start A Microgreen Business

We’ve been running down this microgreen business aspect thing and we’ve been talking about all kinds of possibilities with a microgreen business. Can it be a side hustle? We’ve been talking about the soil health. We’ve been talking about nutrient density. We’ve been talking about how to set it up.

Now, today’s question is “how much does it cost to start a microgreen business ?” Actually, you’re going to be very surprised because you can do it for very, very little investment. It’s very, very economical to start compared to what you can do with it.

What I have to show you today is that this is a box right here contains a complete starting kit for a microgreen business. You’re maybe are not going to be able to go out and sell $4000, $5000 a month with this, but this is a start. Will this do $100 a month? Will it even do $300 a month? The answer is yes.

From there, you can keep building upon it. What does that box cost? What if I told you for under $100, you can have everything it takes to start a microgreen business. Everyting from the trays, to the soil, the seed, the water spray bottle. We’re going to go through that all in another video, but everything is in this box for you to start a microgreen business.

That is actually one of the most affordable businesses for what it yields that you could start today. Like we talked earlier, microgreen sell upwards of $25 a pound. It’s been said that it’s the most legal crop that you can grow today. The highest priced crop that you can grow legally today in the United States or maybe anywhere, I’m not sure.

The point being is that it’s very affordable to start. It’s a very lucrative market. It’s a very rewarding market helping those that have health issues or just helping keep other people healthy and your own family or yourself as well.

How much does it cost a microgreen business? We can do it for less than $100. We’re going to talk about how you can get your hands on a box just like this. The interesting part is this box, depending somewhat on where you live can be delivered to your door in a matter of a couple days. The company that ships these out is very fast.

When I ordered this box, it came to me in three days and it traveled through several states to get to me, so it’s pretty amazing. They must work around the clock in fulfillment getting those out.

With that, my name is Steve Szudera, founder of Tabletop Farmer. Leave us a comment below on this video or on other ones that you have viewed as well and I will look forward reading those comments. If you have questions, leave them in the comments, I will answer them there, and we’ll be back with another video here soon, thanks for watching.

Can Microgreens be Turned into a Business or Side Hustle

Hey folks. Today’s question for the video is can microgreens be turned into a business or a side hustle? And the answer is yes. Absolutely yes.

It’s been said that right now microgreens is one of the most profitable legally grown crops in the country, and just a little bit of research that I’ve been doing, I’ve seen microgreens selling for up to $25 a pound. That’s pretty amazing. And the pounds add up fairly quickly depending on the type of microgreens that we’re growing. The sunflowers and the peas add up pretty fast.

So turning it into a business in your area, you may have endless opportunities. You could start thinking about that idea of where you can market them, the restaurants, the farmer’s markets. Start looking around. Even in small areas, I shouldn’t say large areas, even in rural areas like my little town of Beach that’s right over there, Beach, North Dakota, they have a farmer’s market that will be starting very soon, and you could look at the ones in your area.

There is the grocery store, there is the manor, there is a couple of food co-ops, there are loads of people that buy … they have a fruit trucked in from Azure, all the way from the West Coast. We had some of that done this year. Korina and I had some stuff brought in, and Korina had actually ordered it, and with the cold weather it didn’t turn out quite so well. But the point being is that there is always food coming in, and once the word gets out, even in small areas, in rural areas, you could turn it into a huge business.

So I stand corrected on saying restaurants and whatnot, but there are restaurants … like here were I live, I could travel 37 miles one way, 60 another, it sounds like a stretch, but when you get large enough and have enough microgreen customers, that is very doable, you put it in coolers and you can cool it for a few days, and then transport it and make your deliveries. And a lot of the method of order taking with chefs is by email, you take your orders, and then as as you deliver, as the delivery time comes, you go around and you take a day and make all those deliveries.

So yes, we’re going to be talking next about, probably in a day or so, a couple of different things, what are the needed tools to grow microgreens, how much does it cost to start a microgreen business? So yes, we can take microgreens and turn it into a very lucrative side hustle very inexpensively. And we’re going to show you how to do that.

So with that, my name is Steve Szudera, I’m founder of Tabletop Farmer. Thanks for watching. Leave a comment below and we’ll look forward to talking to you again real soon.

What Kind Of Soil Does It Require To Grow Microgreens

 

Hey, everyone, we’re back again with another episode about the microgreens. Today we want to talk to you about what kind of soil does it take to grow microgreens and we are going to visit that a little bit. Yesterday we talked about the nutritional value of the microgreens and those two are very much connected with the soil and the nutritional value.

But, first, I want to show you something that I come to quite often. I’m going to turn the camera around so you can read it. It’s the Bismarck Community Gardens and people come here all over the city to garden. Earlier, there was a mother with a couple of boys out here watering the garden. There was a man over there tending to a garden. They’re actually looking pretty good right now. A lot of things going on here that we teach not to do, which you can see as far as tillage, and then they try to cover it with grass. But, the city actually comes in and tills all this up in the spring and then you can, actually, rent a spot to plant a garden.

It’s pretty exciting. Like I said, it looks pretty good right now, but you get a little further on in the season and it’ll start looking where people, you can tell, are already starting to tire and they’re deciding that loading all this stuff and coming down here to garden in a community garden is a lot of work. We’ll keep an update on this. We’ll come back here in another month or so and then another month after that and you’ll see the landscape change. Some gardens will look good, some will look not so good.

So, back to this soil. We talked a little bit about yesterday… And I’m a little shaky here because I’m on the road and I forgot my tripod, so I apologize for that. But, we talked a little bit about the nutritional value of microgreens. Now that’s where it comes into play where you wouldn’t have to go out and actually rent a community garden if you didn’t have a space. You could do microgreen gardening on your countertop, on your tabletop, no matter where you’re at. You can do it on your shelves and you can raise more nutritious food than you can in a community garden like this and it all comes from the soil.

We’re going to be doing some testing with that and show you the difference in the soil, what it makes for the nutritional value, not only of microgreens, but maybe some other crops, as well. But, our focus is going to be on microgreens.

To start out with the soil, the first media that you can use, or the medium, I like to call it media, which is a garden soil or a potting soil. There aren’t a lot of choices in the store. If you get to looking at them, they’re all pretty much the same. The bags have a lot of the same ingredients on them. I might put some screenshots in here, but if you go and start looking at that, you’re going to find that a lot of them have, maybe, a sphagnum peat moss in them, they’ll have some forest products in them, but the main thing to remember is that it’s, basically, dead soil. It’s dead soil. They steam it, the pathogens are all gone out of it. The fungi’s gone out of it, the bacteria has gone out of it. We do not want the pathogens in it, of course, that’s one thing. Through that decomposing process or that composting process, we can get rid of those, but the fungi and the bacteria is what we do want in the soil and that’s, basically, gone in potting soil.

Any potting soil you find is dead soil and it has a slow release fertilizer in it. They advertise it as a time release thing simply as an advertisement that it’ll last over three months. The truth of the matter is, if they didn’t put the time release in there, it would burn your tender plants. So, that’s why they have to use that time release in there, is to keep it from burning the roots, because they’re actually using a synthetic, not all of them, but a lot of them.

There’s some going to what they consider… The organic has gotten to be a buzzword. Anytime you see organic on something, it draws people. So, the marketing community has learned if they put organic on potting soil, it helps them to market that, as well. So, a lot of potting soil, a lot of garden soil, you’ll see the words organic on it and, basically, what it means is that it might be derived, could be derived, from some natural fertilizer source. It’s important to read the bag, though, because most of that still has a degree of synthetic that is added to it for nitrogen and some phosphorous uses. To start out with, you’re pretty stuck where you’re at.

We’re going to teach you how you can build your soil, how you can reuse your soil. So, when you’re in the microgreen business, or if you’re doing it as a business, which we’re going to talk about in the next episode of this, is how to turn this into a successful business, how to get this started where you can actually make money from it. Not only that, but you can reuse the soil and you can actually regenerate that soil and make it better than what it was before. We’re going to be teaching that on down the road in some of these episodes and stuff.

So with that, I’ll give you another shot at the community garden. It looks like, since I’ve been here, everybody has left. It’s interesting. With that, Steve Szudera, founder of Table Top Farmer. Leave me a comment in the box below. Tell me what you think about the soil issues, some things you’d like to learn about the soil, and I’ll try to answer those comments. Some things that you’ve used in the past, maybe, that has worked, some things that haven’t worked out so well, and we’ll address those, as well. So we’ve got a train coming through here. It’s up on the tracks, of course, hopefully stays up there, but we’re gonna end this, and we’ll look forward to talking to you in a day or two. Thanks for watching.

Do Microgreens Have Special Nutritonal Value

Hey everyone, we’re back here with Tabletop Farmer for another Facebook Live talking about the microgreen business and growing microgreens. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about do microgreens have a special nutritional value? And the answer to that is yes, but there is a very important factor in that nutritional value and that’s something that I’ve done a lot of research over the weekend looking at all the different ways that people out there are growing microgreens and it’s very, very interesting.

And last week I made a phone call to some people that I work with in the soil health academy. They were on a soil health summit that I held earlier this year and we talked in great length about the nutritional value and how the plants get that in the beginning stages. And there are some important or some very, very interesting studies that have been done in the first days of growing plants.

And there’s a bacteria fungi ratio that helps to control the plant growth and it also helps feed that nutritional value to that plant within that first seven to 21 days. So, that being said, yes they have a very, very special nutritional value, but we’re going to be teaching and showing you what is the best way to get that and how to get the most out of it.

And that’s going to be coming up later on down here that we’re going to be teaching more about that. So it has some very exciting things coming for you about the microgreens, either growing them for your own use for health. If you don’t have a big yard with garden space and whatnot, that you can grow a garden and maybe you’re in a spot where you want to be able to utilize some type of nutritional plant in smoothies or salads, or just a munch on throughout the whole year, you’re able to do that with this microgreen system.

So with that I’m out here again on the Memorial Day Garden we have, I’m going to give you a little shot of this right here. As you can see, our weed barrier is doing awesome. It’s doing an unbelievable job for us. Our tomatoes are looking good. We got potatoes that came from seed. They’re up the lettuces doing good. The beans, the zucchini, the peas. We got sweet potatoes way back over there in the corner that came back. Dill, cucumbers, but we do have an issue, it’s called a rodent issue and it’s a kind of a ground squirrel thing.

And so this is going around the outside edge and you can see we’ve started putting in some posts to do that. So that is part of what I will be finishing this afternoon and working on to help to keep ground squirrels from chewing things off in the garden before we can chew them off.

That being sad, we’ve already covered what are microgreens and what are the best plant types for microgreens in that study. A lot of things being done with sunflowers, peas and radishes. Those seem to be the most popular ones at farmer’s markets, so you want to keep that in mind.

The sunflowers, the peas and the radishes. Radishes are used a lot for salads and whatnot. They’re very colorful but there’s some issues with growing the sunflowers, the peas not so much and the radishes not so much, but the sunflowers have, they have some issues with some fungus and things in them that we’ve been learning about so we’re going to be doing some testing for you as well.

We’re going to be testing on this nutritional value thing. Last week in the conversation I had with my soil health partners, and I don’t want to get this video too long, but with my soil health partners we talked about different ways.

We are going to be doing testing in two ways. We are going to be testing soil and we’re going to be testing tissue in the soil we’re growing and it’s going to be A against B and we’re going to be going all through that for you, showing you how to do all this so we have some real exciting things in store for you.

Leave your comments below. If you have questions about growing microgreens, maybe you’ve been thinking about it or you’re doing it already, some of your experiences, please comment below, give us a thumbs up. Give us a like on this video, if you like it, if you don’t like it, give us a thumbs down but hopefully it’s all likes.

So with that, Steve Szudera, founder of Tabletop Farmer signing off. Thanks for watching this. We’ll talk to you again soon.

What are the best plants to grow as microgreens

Hey, everyone. Steve Szudera here from Tabletop Farmer. We’re coming to you from where it all started 38 years ago and it’s looking a little greener. The last time we were out here, all there was was stubble. Today I want to talk a little bit about what are the best plants to grow as microgreen.

A couple of days ago we talked about what are microgreens. With that being said, talking about the best plants to grow, I went and I actually Googled it, just to find out what the recommendations were, what people were talking about.

They’re talking about lettuce, kale, spinach, radish, beet, watercress, herbs, and greens. From that, I know that sunflowers are very popular, for whatever reason. They grow quick, they probably germinate and sprout within seven to that 14 day window. The two leaves come out, and you can harvest them and you can use them in a variety of reasons.

The other one that’s really popular that I know of are pea shoots. There’s a lot of things being talked out there about sprouting, eating pea sprouts. What I’ve been finding on that is there’s a lot of mold issues with that. There’s a lot of danger zones, and we can eliminate a lot of that with the microgreens, by growing the microgreens.

The other thing is radishes, and those three things, sunflowers, peas, and radishes, are some of the ones I’ve been finding that go probably the quickest at the farmer’s markets. The radishes are used to garnish salads, the peas are used for smoothies along with the sunflowers, and then you can eat them whole, too, as far as that goes. That is just a few among the plants that are used to grow as microgreens.

Now, where I’m standing, there’s one more crop, too, and it’s one of those Pulse Crops. We talked a little bit about the peas, and this is a lentil field. There are lots of lentils out here. As you can see, we’re already past what it would be to harvest as a microgreen because these have actually been up for … They’re probably up a little over 14 days, I’m guessing. They’re probably 16, 17 days these have been up.

They’re actually looking pretty good. We’ve been getting some rains in the area and so who knows where it’s going to go, but it’s interesting that one of the microgreen crops that you can raise in a microgreen farming situation, or a microgreen growing chamber, or however we’re going to do that and we’re going to address a lot more.

We have a lot more coming for you about the nutrient value and we’re going to be talking a lot about how we’re going to be building that, why it’s so important, where it comes from, but it’s interesting standing out here in a lentil field and thinking that the lentils are actually one of the crops that’s used to grow microgreens.

With that, comment on this video, maybe share some of the crops or some of the plants that you grow or that you like growing as microgreens. Share some of the successes you’ve had with it. Share some of the stress or some of the failures that you’ve had with it, and we’ll talk about those. With that, thanks for watching and keep growing microgreens. Steve Szudera from Tabletop Farmer.

Microgreens: a tiny, nutritional, easy-to-grow crop all year

So today I want to talk to you a little bit about what are microgreens. Now behind me is the Memorial Day 2019 garden that we started up here in central North Dakota over Memorial Day weekend, and a lot of what is growing in there that you can grow as microgreens. And just yesterday there was a newspaper article that came out and this is probably going to be backward because of the way the camera is set up, but it talks about microgreens, a tiny nutritional, easy to grow crop all year long. So you know if you’re enjoying a garden in the spring and then it ends at the end of the year, a lot of what you enjoy in that garden can be grown as microgreens.

Now, what are microgreens? So if we look at it, if we look at when that plant germinates, the first thing that comes out of course is the root and it comes out and attaches to the soil or to the media or whatever the case may be for nourishment to that plant. Then from there comes out what we call the coleoptile, and that’s the first sprout that comes out of the plant.

From there comes the cotyledon. And the cotyledon is what produces the first two leaves, generally, on most plants. So they sprout in seven to 14 days. Some of the plants up to 21 days can be harvested at that point and that is called a microgreen and that is known as the most nutritious part of the growing of that plant because that is the beginning of it when it’s grabbing everything it can for resources to start and to grow and so that’s why there’s such nourishment in that plant.

So microgreens are being grown, they’re being distributed in farmer’s markets. There’s restaurants being used, they’re used to garnish salads, they’re used for smoothies, they’re used just to munch on, but it’s getting to be an increasing popular crop. Everyday I learn more about microgreens and the benefits of them and the expansion of it. Now there’s another side to it as well. There’s a business side to the microgreen market. I ran into an article not very long ago that talked about microgreens, it’s actually the highest priced legal crop that can be grown and it can be grown upwards of $25 a pound, marketed in stores and markets, restaurants, places like that. So microgreen is a pretty exciting crop and we’re going to be talking a lot more about it. We’re going to have a lot of information coming forth about microgreens. We’re going to be teaching you down the road all about it. In the research I’ve been doing, I’ve been watching a lot of how it’s grown. I’ll just say that and it’s kind of interesting. I’m a farmer of over 40 years and I’ve grown a lot of crops, and I have a method to growing and so I look at how some of these microgreens are being grown.

I was just on the phone this morning with some of the people that I concur with through the Soil Health Academy and so on, and we were talking a little bit about the nutrient density that’s produced in these microgreens. I’m going to teach you and show you through some of these videos I’ll be making for you about how that’s attained through and why there’s such nutrient density, how there can be greater nutrient density and maybe not so much. And so we’re going to go through and visit that.

So with that, growing microgreens, it’s an interesting crop and we’re going to have a lot of fun learning more about it. So come join us, leave us a comment at the bottom of the page here, and if you’re seeing this on YouTube or on our blog or on our Facebook page, leave us a comment and tell us a little bit about what you know about microgreens and what you’d like to learn. And we will do some more research on that and we’ll have videos for it. So with that, thanks for watching.
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