So, you have purchased your first CG Kitchen Garden and can’t wait to get started? Good, neither do we. Unbox the grow kit that comes with CG Kitchen Garden. You will find:
- High-quality reusable net-pots – 30 Units
- Plastic holding cups – 30 Units
- Nutrient enriched and fungicide treated Coco peat – 500 gm
- Sterilized reusable hydrotons – 300 gm
- Nutrient Solution (Macro and Micro) – 50 ml each – Not required during germination
- Mix variety of seeds
To ensure faster germination of seeds you can pre-soak them in lukewarm water and allow them to stay overnight, though it is not necessary, it does help in quicker germination by softening the seed coat. Also, it is a quick and easy way to identify dead/poor seeds which may have very low probability of germinating. Any seeds that float when dipped in water are probably dead and can be discarded.
To prepare net-pots for seed germination, arrange all the material provided in a clean place, wash your hands with soap and water and follow these steps:
Step 1: Take a Net-pot and create a bed of hydrotons in it. Leave some space in center to allow easy access way for roots when they grow up.
Step 2: Fill in a layer of nutrient enriched and fungicide treated Coco Peat that comes along with Kitchen Garden.
Do note that coco peat expands on absorbing moisture. Before using it, add a little bit of water and mix it thoroughly to ensure it is moist and well expanded. The color should change to dark brown like shown in above picture.
Step 3: Arrange another layer of hydroton towards edge of Net-pot
Step 4: Top it up with a final layer of coco peat and press gently to ensure there are no large void spaces left inside Net-pot. After this step, your Net-pot should look like this.
Step 5: Wipe out any extra coco peat that may be sticking out of net-pot.
Step 6: Make a small hole in coco peat, sow the seed and cover it back with a thin layer of coco peat.
Since all seeds may not germinate, we recommend you to sow a couple of seeds per Net-pot, a little distance apart. If both germinate you can retain the healthier one and clip the other one or allow both to grow together depending upon crop variety.
Step 7: Place the net-pot in the plastic cup provided along with CG Kitchen Garden starter kit and add a little bit of water.
For seed germination, the area around seed should remain slightly moist. A good practice would be to add a tea spoon of water every morning and evening till the seed germinates. Any excess water will drain through the Net-pot and get collected in the plastic cup. Place the cup in an area that receives indirect sunlight. In less than a week, you will have little signs of life peeping out and thanking you for your efforts ?
Now, you can reduce the watering frequency to once a day. It is a good practice to let some water remain in plastic cup – till slightly above the base of Net-pot. This will ensure that even if you forget to water the seedling it can still get some water through capillary action in coco peat. Also, this is the right time to move your seedlings outdoors and expose them to direct sun and wind which will help them gain strength and prepare them for thriving in an outdoor environment. You can consider keeping them in an area that gets around 2 – 4 hours of direct sunlight a day, ideally during early morning or evening hours when the sun will not be very harsh for these little seedlings.
Within next 7 – 10 days, seedlings will be ready to be moved to CG Kitchen Garden. When the seedlings grow around 2 inches taller or have developed 4 – 6 leaves, you know it’s time for them to move to their new home. Set up CG Kitchen Garden following instructions shared in Installation Manual, transfer your seedlings and enjoy watching them grow day by day.
Gaurav is an entrepreneur whose first Start-up was focused on providing services to patients suffering from Chronic Diseases. While researching about the causes of lifestyle diseases and the ways to reduce their incidence, he chanced upon the idea of growing healthy and nutritious food using advanced farming techniques.
He founded CityGreens with a mission to enable City Dwellers to access Safe, Healthy and Fresh food.