Hi everyone. I’ve been pretty busy recently, getting ready for market season. It has also been raining outside, preventing me from moving my seedlings outside. This will be a short post without photos, sorry! I'll try to be extra descriptive.
Today I’ll be writing about staking my Moringa seedlings and the different methods of growing Moringa: Intensive Gardening and Spaced Tree methods.
As I've been writing about in past posts, some of my Moringa have been a bit droopy and tilting to the side. I did feed them with fertilizer after many wilted. Most of them seem to have perked up. For those that are still leaning, I’ll be using skewers to support them. I would have used pipe cleaners, but when I went to go buy some from the local craft store, I bought lots of stuff except for pipe cleaners. I didn’t even notice until a few days later. It would not be the first time that I had left a store without picking up the one item that I went in for.
I'm aiming to have my seedlings look like the picture above. Seedlings can be purchased through the MGC if you're also struggling to keep seedlings healthy.
As I’ve said in previous posts, I’ll be growing Moringa using the “Intensive Gardening” method. That is one way to grow Moringa, where the plants are spaced closely together, often the way veggie gardens are planted. From there, they can be thinned so that mature trees would be spaced three feet apart from each other. I plan to plant the seeds/sprouts six inches apart, then thin them out from six inches apart to one foot apart. This is the best method to produce larger quantities of leaves and powder.
While my seedlings are small, I still have to plan for what I will do with the greens when the tree matures. I have been experimenting with Moringa products and I encourage everyone to try the Moringa Starter Kit. It even comes with free seedlings!
The other way to grow Moringa is to plant in the “Spaced Tree” method. This is where the trees are spaced apart from each other by at least ten feet. This is the best method for when you want to produce seeds, flowers, and the drumsticks.
When growing in a raised bed garden, or when you have limited space, the best way to plant Moringa is in the intense way. I’ll be using a space that, though it is ground level, it is blocked off from the rest of my yard. So it is very similar to a raised bed garden.
The weather in my area has been rather weird, and unpredictable lately (I suppose that's normal for Albuquerque), so I haven’t been able to get my seed and sprouts planted outside yet. Though, we just got some rain recently so the ground should be great for planting.
I hope you're all getting your Moringa started and moved outside, if you have not already! Share your story and post any comments or questions below.
Until Next Time,