Step-by-step guide

There are a few items you will need to get started, nothing too complicated.

1. The kit you purchased with seed, soil, and trays

2. A spray bottle filled with water.

3. An empty cup, preferably lightweight. This will be used for seeding, and many different tools can be used for this. Some people enjoy using empty spice shakers, various scoops etc. We find it easiest to start with a cup, then find your favorite way to seed.

4. A decent sized book. This will be used for tamping down and leveling the soil before seeding. This should be a book you don't mind getting a little soil on, which will be dry and can be simply wiped off. Any larger sized, flat item is fine as long as it can fit within the width of the tray.

5. A rimmed baking sheet that can hold the tray.

6. A watering can or a sink sprayer to soak the soil completely and evenly.

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You are on your way!

Step 1: Place your tray onto your baking sheet.

Step 1: Place your tray onto your baking sheet.

Step 2: Empty your soil onto your tray.

Step 2: Empty your soil onto your tray.

Step 3: Level out your soil through the entire tray being sure not to leave any noticable hills or valleys.

Step 3: Level out your soil through the entire tray being sure not to leave any noticable hills or valleys.

Step 4: Tamper down your soil to level it completely, don't be afraid to push down with some pressure. If your tamper does not cover the whole area, just move along and overlap each push a bit.

Step 4: Tamper down your soil to level it completely, don't be afraid to push down with some pressure. If your tamper does not cover the whole area, just move along and overlap each push a bit.

Step 5. Soak your soil until it is completely saturated with water. Be careful not to apply too strong of a stream as you don't want to disturb the level soil surface. A kitchen sprayer at low pressure works well for this.

Step 5. Soak your soil until it is completely saturated with water. Be careful not to apply too strong of a stream as you don't want to disturb the level soil surface. A kitchen sprayer at low pressure works well for this.

Time to seed! For future reference, your seed weight is 20g.

Time to seed! For future reference, your seed weight is 20g.

Step 6: Using your chosen seeding tool, empty all your seed into it, and gently shake seed evenly over the surface of the soil. You are trying here to have an even dispersion with no clumping. Empty the entire contents of the seed packet onto your soil.

Step 6: Using your chosen seeding tool, empty all your seed into it, and gently shake seed evenly over the surface of the soil. You are trying here to have an even dispersion with no clumping. Empty the entire contents of the seed packet onto your soil.

Step 7: Now use your spray bottle to water your tray completely, don't worry about over-watering at this stage.  Step 8: If your baking sheet has standing water on it, carefully lift your tray off, and dump this standing water, and return your tray to the sheet. Now take the spare tray, flip it upside down, and place it on top of your seeded tray. This acts as a humidity dome and keeps your seeds out of direct light which will aid in germination.  Step 9: Once or twice a day depending on temperature, lift the top tray and see if your soil needs watering. Never let it dry out. You will probably need to mist your tray at least once a day.  When you see a bit of germination and notice white fuzz around the seed, don't worry this isn't mold, just root hairs. Allow your little micro's to reach for the sky and get about one inch before removing the top tray for good. At this stage they should be yellow and weak looking. Place them in a sunny area, micro's don't need direct light but it will help, and from now on don't water by misting them. Always water from the bottom, adding approximately 24 oz of water to the baking sheet per day (will vary) and watching the soil and roots suck it up! Harvest your micro's whenever you would like! A twenty gram seeding will allow for some space for them to grow fairly large. Enjoy your little garden and check back for fresh info soon!

Step 7: Now use your spray bottle to water your tray completely, don't worry about over-watering at this stage.

Step 8: If your baking sheet has standing water on it, carefully lift your tray off, and dump this standing water, and return your tray to the sheet. Now take the spare tray, flip it upside down, and place it on top of your seeded tray. This acts as a humidity dome and keeps your seeds out of direct light which will aid in germination.

Step 9: Once or twice a day depending on temperature, lift the top tray and see if your soil needs watering. Never let it dry out. You will probably need to mist your tray at least once a day.

When you see a bit of germination and notice white fuzz around the seed, don't worry this isn't mold, just root hairs. Allow your little micro's to reach for the sky and get about one inch before removing the top tray for good. At this stage they should be yellow and weak looking. Place them in a sunny area, micro's don't need direct light but it will help, and from now on don't water by misting them. Always water from the bottom, adding approximately 24 oz of water to the baking sheet per day (will vary) and watching the soil and roots suck it up! Harvest your micro's whenever you would like! A twenty gram seeding will allow for some space for them to grow fairly large. Enjoy your little garden and check back for fresh info soon!

*Remember not to worry!! The white hairs are normal, and not a sign of mold, they are simply root hairs.

*Remember not to worry!! The white hairs are normal, and not a sign of mold, they are simply root hairs.

 
The image above shows the point at which you want to uncover your greens and expose them to light. Once again, to avoid mold, you should "bottom water", watering under your tray for the soil and roots to absorb what they need.

The image above shows the point at which you want to uncover your greens and expose them to light. Once again, to avoid mold, you should "bottom water", watering under your tray for the soil and roots to absorb what they need.