Here is some information and instructions on our products.
• Open the electric magnetic pump box. Locate the front of the pump and ensure the brass fitting is installed.
• Locate the clear 35" air hose and slide it over the brass air outlet. Locate the oxygen stone in the box and attach to the other end of the hose to the oxygen stone fitting.
• Locate the plastic drain spout in the brew bucket and install through the precut hole in the bucket. Ensure that it is sealed both inside and outside with rubber, the seals are included. Hand tighten the plastic nut on the inside of the bucket.
• Fill the bucket with water 4” below the top of the bucket. Place the bucket in full sunlight.
• Immerse oxygen stone into water and to bottom of bucket.
• Plug in the oxygen pump. Ensure it's pumping air into the bucket through the oxygen stone, making sure the air hose is sealed on both ends. (Never immerse the electric air pump into the water.)
• Allow the pump to run in full sunlight for one hour or more to off-gas any chlorine, typically found in municipal water. Well water can omit this step.
• Place bucket in shaded area in preparation of making your compost tea.
• Locate your mesh tea bag and bag of tea mix. Place 1 /4 of the tea mix into the tea bag, for each 5-gallon batch. Add two teaspoons of raw sugar or molasses into the water and stir.
• Attach the tea bag to the tea hook just inside the bucket while you immerse the tea bag into the water. Do not snap the lid on tight, just allow it to just sit on top of bucket.
• You are now brewing "Black Gold Texas Tea," for all of your plants. Allow your tea to brew for 24-48 hours.
• Unplug the air pump and remove the lid, tea bag and oxygen stone. Squeeze as much tea from the tea bag as possible. Empty contents of tea bag into a box and allow to dry out in preparation of reconstituting with tea mix and tea.
• Your tea is now ready to use use straight or diluted,1 part tea three parts water using non-chlorinated water. Compost tea can be applied directly to any growth media or sprayed onto to your plants as a foliar spray.
Extra Bonus Splitter PATR
Your air pump can brew up to 6 buckets of tea simultaneously. Additional stones, tea bags, tea mixes and hose kits are also sold separately.
Micro Greens Kit
STEP 1: PREPARING PH ADJUSTED WATER
Fill the spray bottle with filtered water. Take a pH test strip and with the pipette place a drop of water on it and compare it to the
color chart. The reading needs to be between 6 and 7. This is not an exact measurement, so a close approximate is sufficient. If the
pH number is below 6 the water is too acidic. Acidic water can be adjusted by adding a small amount of baking soda (¼ teaspoon
or less - it is better to do too little than too much). If the pH number is above 7, then the water is too alkaline. Alkaline water can be
adjusted with a small amount of lemon juice (a drop or two at a time). If the water needs adjusting, repeat the same process every
time you refill the spray bottle.
STEP 2: PREPARING THE SOIL
Spray about a pint of water onto the soil. The soil must be wet, but not so saturated that it pools in the bottom tray. If that happens
just dump the excess out.
STEP 3: SEEDING
Take a seed packet and empty the contents into a juice glass or small cup. Pour a little bit at a time into your fingers and sprinkle the
seeds over the tray. Seed the entire tray in several thin layers. If an area gets too congested, then avoid it on your next pass. By the
time you're done, the tray should have an even distribution. There will probably be a few crowded areas and that is fine. Adjust the
spray bottle to a fine mist. Hold it about ten to twelve inches above the seeded tray and lightly spray about one cup of water. Tip:
Use caution when spraying. If the spray is too hard or to close, it will blow the seeds around.
STEP 4: GERMINATION
Take the remaining no holes tray and nest it directly on top of the seeds. At this point, weight must be placed on the seeds to
promote healthy rooting. It is recommended to place between twelve to sixteen pounds of weight on the top tray (example: 8xl6
concrete paver, bricks, or anything that will evenly distribute weight onto the tray). The seeds are now in germination. Check the
progress of the seeds after three days. If there is a full even cushion of little sprouts throughout the entire tray, then it is ready for the
next stage. If the coverage is not full, then mist the seeds and recover with the top tray and weights for a day. If you are unsure, give
it more time. Please note: the roots may look furry but that is a normal stage of development called root hairs. Tip: The ideal
temperature range for microgreens is between 75 and 80 degrees, however microgreens can still grow at temperatures ranging from
70-85 degrees. Humidity can also be a factor in microgreen growth. Ideal humidity levels are under 50% with 35 to 40% being best. Try
to find a spot to place the tray that meets these parameters. A warmer area may take three days while a cooler area may take four
days for this stage.
STEP 5: BLACKOUT
When you have decided that the tray coverage is full, take the top tray off. Lift the seed tray up and give the bottom tray a good
misting to moisten the roots. Now give the sprouts a light misting. Turn the top tray upside down and cover the seed tray. For this
stage, it is imperative that hardly any light reaches the plants. Keep the tray in blackout for up to two days. You want them to be
over the top of the tray before you put them in light. Tip: The blackout stage establishes the height of the microgreens. The plants are
going to stretch looking for light. Placed in light, so they will grow fuller but not much taller. A piece of tape might help keep the
upside down tray in place.
STEP 6: WATERING AND LIGHT
Once the greens reach the appropriate height, remove the top tray. Lift the seed tray and pour 1.5 cups of water in the bottom
tray. Initially the water will be absorbed fairly quickly so check it after 3 to 4 hours, then in the morning and evening after that. If the
bottom tray is dry, add more.
Tip: If they have fallen over they probably need water and will bounce back.
Place the tray under a fluorescent light, shop light, grow light, or in an area with good sun exposure. Microgreens need 72-18 hours
of light a day.
The microgreens will develop two sets of leaves during this period. The first set is called cotyledons and the second set is called true
leaves. When the second set of leaves appear, the plant is technically at the microgreen stage and ready to be harvested. Tip: A
small amount of airflow is also recommended during this stage.
STEP 7: HARVESTING AND STORING
The microgreens can be kept alive and cut as needed, for several days, however, as the true leaves begin to grow larger, the plants
will lose flavor and nutrient concentration. When the microgreens are ready to be cut, take a sharp knife or scissors and cut above
the roots and dirt. To keep them fresh, fold the microgreens into a dry paper towel, and store in a sealed container in the
refrigerator. If the paper towel dampens, then replace it with a dry towel as needed. Tip: For best results do not water the
microgreens for several hours prior to harvesting. Lastly, compost the soil, clean the trays with water, sterilize the trays with a food safe
product, then start all over!
Enjoy your Patriot Green Microgreens!