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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer is here

With our weather in the mid to high 80's, we seem to have had a very brief spring though the night temperature dropped 59 degrees! Mountain living is wonderful at this time of year.
I want to share a couple of sunsets from our mountain retreat(winter followed by spring sunset) followed by a couple of new plantings and some info on growing microgreens in this dry climate.

Here are a couple of our neighbors..........
 I planted this mizuna dry and covered it well in its bed of well moistened soil and topped it with a damp paper towel and an inverted tray. In just 3 days this very dry climate, it was poking up through the soil.
Microgreens need to be watered at least twice a day and sometimes three times each day until they germinate.
And below is buckwheat lettuce...very mild and pleasant. (And a great cover crop for your garden). This is soaked overnight, sprouted a couple of days (it is quick in this dry climate) and only took about five days to be ready to eat at this warm time of year.

Enjoy and please let me know if I can be of assistance. We all need to grow some of our food year round, and this takes a few minutes a day. The greens can be cut and stored for about 7 days.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy June! Greetings from the Garden

We are finally feeling that spring is here to stay. Actually, it is feeling like summer this week.. As you will see in my photos, while I am still growing microgreens, I am also experimenting in my mini greenhouse until later in the summer when we will plant raised beds with fencing to protect from the deer etc.

A friend is also teaching me how to do Bokashi composting...something you start inside with effective microorganisms used to begin breaking down the ingredients. Have any of you tried it?

What are you growing inside or out? Hope you are enjoying the opportunity to grow something for your spirit and your stomach. The tatsoi and kale were started as microgreens and transplanted with a feeding of seaweed fertiizer.

We are also going to grow swamp milkweed for our monarch butterflies. Is anyone growing particular flowers for the butterflies and any other pollinators?

Here is kale from microgreens .

Here is my own salad ready to harvest: deer tongue lettuce and spinach.

In the foreground is tatsoi transplanted from my microgreens.

 This is our mini greenhouse to  fend off the deer and protect tender plants from many freezing nights we have had this spring.
I have been teaching some folks how to grow microgreens...great way to have your greens if you don't want a garden in the ground. Protect your greens from deer and birds if they are outside ...I use netting when they come out on a table.

May you find peace inside and out as we move into summer.

My book is still available on Amazon. Here is the link Growing Microgreens Step by Step

 And drop me a note if I can help or answer questions: or on facebook at Gaiascreations.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Hope you are enjoy the spring days as well as the blustery ones. We are staying ready for snow or spring. What are you growing inside or out?

Due to the 5-7 deer who visit daily, we are not planting an outdoor garden yet. When we put up a seven foot fence, we will be ready to go.

This is some yummy tatsoi which are thriving in our little house. You can plant tatsoi dry, and in a few days, the seeds will have rooted and be looking for the sun. Tatsoi is a mild mustard which has a spoon shape. It is lovely at all stages and delicious. Broccoli is coming next and then maybe I will celebrate spring with some sunflower greens.

And here are a couple of our neighbors. Look this way guys....
My next microgreen class will be on Sunday, April 6th at 1PM at the
Trading Post,  15495 Black Bridge Road in Paonia, CO. Cost $15 or a trade may be possible. Contact me at if you are interested.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thriving in Colorado

After a series of cloudy, stormy, snowy and now rainy days, I started growing kale microgreens. I have shared them at a local fiber event at our wonderful library as well as at our co-op, A class will be offered at each location this spring. I would love to hear how you are sharing your microgreens with family and friends and any suggestions for the rest of us growing these beauties.

As we heat mostly with wood, I was a bit concerned on how the greens would do at night when temperatures drop to a comfortable 60 degrees F or so. That was no problem, and our daytime temps from 60 to 85 F when the windows let lots of solar energy in were fine. I protected the greens which had not rooted from any sun, and moved the rooted ones into less direct light after a couple of hours.

My first crops include: lacinto kale, mizuna and broccoli . So far I am already half way through the kale with a number of new shoots from those which were crowded out the first time.

Next is a purple mizuna which still has a day or two to go. As they are planted dry in damp soil etc., they take a while to push up through the soil.

Broccoli is a little slower than kale,

Here are some pics of my first two crops: kale is 7 days old at top and 13 days old (we have eaten several cups full so far)
in second pic. The purple kohlrabi is 7 days old and from a local farm: Small Potatoes Farm

Let me know how your microgreen garden grows!