Next are the gnats or fungus gnats as they call them. They look like mosquitoes that are annoying and are fairly common. The best remedy for gnats would be to keep it somewhere with good airflow, minimal watering, and/or to keep it covered with one of those free-standing net things that people use at barbecues to keep the flies off the food.
Obviously, these preventive measures vary depending on how effective they would be for a certain type of pests. But these can be done with whichever pests are pestering your live microgreens. There are also other ways like mixing baking soda, water and other stuff like hydrogen peroxide. But, honestly, I haven’t done much because as much as possible I don’t want any other chemicals touching the microgreens. Our focus is on producing the best microgreens we can organically. And that’s also the main reason why they are prone to be attacked by these invaders. What I’ve been using now is one of those big bug buzzers that, when they touch it, gives them a nasty (fatal) shock..
And we all know that taking care of live microgreens requires time as well. So, another suggestion is when you see that the microgreens are at their peak, you can harvest them and store them inside the fridge or keep the whole tray in the fridge, that’s if you have enough space for it. Having tested this with a cool room, trays of microgreens can still look good after 3 weeks. Keeping them in the fridge will stop them from growing so once they’re ready to eat it’s ideal. I recommend watering at least once a day if not kept in the fridge, and once every 2-3 days if they are kept in the fridge. To water, put about 20mm of water in the outer tray, place the tray with the microgreens in the water and let them sit for 10mins. Then take the microgreens out and sit them perpendicular to the outer tray to let all the excess water drain off. Once it has stopped dripping, empty the outer tray and put the microgreens back. If they are harvested, you can keep them inside a container (ideally one that will allow a small amount of airflow) with a dry paper towel on the bottom. If you’ve cleaned your harvested greens, make sure to dry them a bit before storing them to avoid getting them soggy.
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