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Todd, hello.

First I'd sincerely like to congratulate you on your website. It is so full of useful information, and I'm sure that many have ordered supplies from you thanks to that. I know I would if I lived in the States!

Here in France, all I have found so far are planting trays designed for hydroponically-grown microgreens. Fortunately or unfortunately, you have convinced me that soil is best... So my question here: I have come across a pot supposedly designed for growing microgreens that is made of "double-walled ultra resistant geotextile (350gr/m2), ... permeable to air and water... machine-washable at 30°C.."

It measures about 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 2"

What do you think? Perhaps if they were put on a kind of grill or screen so that they didn't sit in accumulated moisture? 

Just so you know, I've looked at the Bootstrap Farmer website, as you mention that they ship internationally. But the cost is prohibitive for me

Good wishes


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Thank you for the kind words, Mary!

I enjoy working on the website. I can always use more customers, though!

Those fabric containers will work just fine. I will be growing herbs in the house with larger versions of those this winter. 

What I do with those larger fabric pots is to set them in a large plant saucer. With the larger pots I do have to water from the surface as the container is too deep to soak up water to the height of the plants.

But, your fabric containers are much shorter. I would look for a plant watering saucer or even a wide-short bowl to set the fabric pot into. Water should absorb through the pot into the soil. 

Might take you a little time finding the correct size container, but it should work great. Water might take a few minutes to absorb into the fabric pot but it will. 

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Todd; I hope I posted this in the right place. What can I use as watering trays to fit the 5"x5" (actually 4.75"x4.75") planting trays I got before I knew about your wonderful Home Microgreens site. They are the same as those from Bootstrapfarmer. All I can find are shallow ones 1.5" deep that are probably too tight a fit to allow the planting trays to float and soak up, and they have no ridges on their bottoms to facilitate the recommended fit. I'm getting the much easier to use HM Planting and Watering trays tomorrow, but am hesitant to waste the dozens of 5"x5" ones with hemp squares to fit that I already got. Another problem is what to use as tops/lids to press down the seeds. I do plan to cut some coroplast to use as separators and use 2.5 lb. weights. It seems I opened a can of worms by buying stuff before I got an excellent education from your courses, articles and podcasts.


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