How to Grow Micro Vegetables
Micro vegetables: The vegetables of the future are defined for their impressive nutritional properties and ease of cultivation. These are the reduced versions of the most common vegetables that we usually consume on our tables. Let’s see how to grow micro vegetables and which are the most common varieties.
Micro vegetables are not GMO products, as many might think. Their cultivation is much appreciated in view of a future where agriculture will be increasingly urbanized to assure lower waste of energy and water. These type of vegetables will also be cultivated directly at home, in normal city apartments. For instance, this type of agriculture can be implemented in smaller spaces than the large fields we are used to.
Here are the most common varieties of micro vegetables:
- cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage;
- grains such as oats, spelled, barley, rice, quinoa and soft and hard wheat;
- aromatic herbs such as basil, chives, cumin and coriander.
Many of the measures taken for the traditional cultivation of any vegetable or aromatic herb mentioned above, where for example a flail shredder collector Elephant model by Peruzzo is used, do not apply equally to their reduced versions.
The medium to be used in the cultivation of micro vegetables is medium-textured, characterized by a good capacity to retain water and rich in nutrients. The pH should be slightly acidic, between the values 5.5 and 6.5. To avoid water stagnation and ensure good drainage, make sure the bottom of the trays is drilled.
It is necessary to prepare the soil with a good organic fertilizer to promote the fast growth of micro vegetables. The choice can fall on mature manure or organic compost.
One of the most important components for the growth of micro vegetables is exposure to light. This i salso important in the case of “traditional” vegetables, as well as the use of a flail shredder collector Elephant. In recent years a great help has been discovered by the using of LED lights which, in addition to constantly illuminating, do not produce heat, and therefore do not risk damaging the plant. During the sprouting phase, the plants will need 12-14 hours of light a day. The ideal is to buy specific LED cultivation lamps that reproduce sunlight.
It is good to always remember to water the plants by distributing water on the ground and never on the leaves or on the stem, otherwise it would damage its development. The soil must always remain moist.