Soil Mix for The Daily Gardener
The Daily Gardener Soil Mix After a lot of trial and error, I have found The Daily Gardener Soil Mix is the best for great, fast growing sprouts every time. These 1 gallon bags of soil mix plant about 9-3x6 trays or 4-4x8 trays. Just add 3 cups of water to the bag and you are ready to plant. I like the small bags both for planting and storage. With The Daily Gardener Method we are just planting a small amount every day or so. It is easy to store and easy to handle the small bag versus huge bags of soil!
Compost is the Perfect Fertilizer I include compost with every kit. Add a Tablespoon for the 3 x 6 trays and 2 Tablespoons for the 4 x 8 trays. Adding the compost gives the tiny shoots plenty of nutrients to grow over their short 'season'. The Gourmet Greens grow fast and vigorous.
The first time you harvest a pan of sprouts, observe the root system by pulling the soil out of the tray and turning it over. If you can have a kid to help you with this all the better, because the kids will say "Oh Wow" for you! There is a mass of roots that circles the bottom of the tray like a mat, it is an impressive sight and deserves child like appreciation.
This is what got me wondering if the sprouts could use a little food, so I tried a few different things for fertilizers. I settled on compost soil like the Vermont Compost Plus. This terrific compost is made right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I include compost in each kits to add at the bottom of every tray before the pan is filled with the Daily Gardener Sprout Mix. I also include Dry kelp Meal to provide the Soil-Sprouts with trace minerals.