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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Celebrating winter with a new microgreen bounty and upcoming updated version of GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP

I am feeling inspired by the wonderful, enthusiastic reception of my recent microgreen students.
I hope that some of my former students and folks who have read my blog etc. are growing some winter greens.

There will be an updated kindle version of GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP within a few weeks and right after, the paperback version will be updated. 

Both will offer a simplified growing method for germinating and growing most greens in soil and a hydroponic method for all my apartment dweller friends or those who don't want to use soil. 

I have ordered some spicier seeds and can't wait to start growing them. Which ones have you tried and recommend? I also ordered bull's blood beets as they have been highly recommended as producing the tastiest beet greens.

While I wait for my seeds, here is what is growing in my indoor garden in Colorado:

                                     mature  shoot peas and tatsoi I uncovered this morning

more shoot peas on their way

sunflower greens coming up aplenty

Have any of you tried and liked rambo radish or another spicy microgreens?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Holiday Gift of a Microgreen Starter Kit

For those of you in Delta County Colorado or nearby, I offer a kit to get you started on your winter garden.

The kit includes my book: GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP, two heavy duty planting trays and a solid tray to catch water drips. Also included for local folks, will be soil, two types of organic seeds and a few little accessories to assist with your start up (or that of another recipient).

If you are purchasing a kit that you will mail, the kit can be tailored to fit your desires. The total includes my cost, shipping to me and a minimal fee

Cost per kit is    $29.95 Shipping is additional.

If you are in the area and just want to attend a class this winter with a start up kit, send me an e-mail and I will let you know where and when the next class will be scheduled.





Microgreens and Micro Organisms and how they can help us all

Recently David Roslin and I combined our efforts to present a workshop together. In this huge time of change for so many people, it is important that we come together as family, friends, community and make the best of what is available.

David shared how by using what you have on hand, you can create lactobacillus to feed and break down compostible materials in your garden, in your chicken pen and more. We just touched the surface of possibilities. David will continue to share more as he gains new knowledge that will benefit all of us and Mother Earth.

I showed folks how to plant the simplest of microgreens in the brassica family without soaking or sprouting. If you haven't started already, plant your winter garden and have fresh, lush greens in 7-10 days...most without soaking. My experience this summer and fall have proven that most seeds germinate easily in the right environment.

In my next post I will offer a holiday gift pack for folks new to microgreens.

During the workshop, I also took time to share about "Heaven on Earth experences" and asked participants to remember their H on E experiences and then with their "magic wand" to consider what they might create in our lovely mountain town of Paonia. Miners have been laid off from work and harvest is ending...so many folks are challenged as we head into winter. As I see the beauty of this valley and all the kind people striving to come together, I want to share my vision of Heaven of Earth and ask you, the reader, to find yours and strive to create one simply as you approach each new day.
"Heaven on Earth is creating food sustainability by nurturing the soil of our earthly Garden everyday with love and seeing us all as part of the same village co-creating together.” 

Whoever is elected on this election day, we all must strive to create a healthy world together. What can we each do...one small action to make this happen?

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day and feeling support from those around you.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall on the Western Slope in Colorado....Preparing for Winter

Winter seems to be coming one day and then we have lovely 70+ degree weather the next. Unfortunately, most gardens have been hit by a hungry group of grass hoppers so as much as I don't want to see this lovely weather go along with my outdoor garden, I am eager for a couple of good frosts to end the grasshopper attack in hopes that my kale and tatsoi will survive and thrive into winter.

So with my indoor garden, I have started kale, tatsoi and am allowing some to grow into larger plants and just planted seeds of broccoli, purple kohlrabi, beets,  kale and sunflowers. My friend, David Roslin, and I are hosting a couple of workshops on Bokashi composting and Microgreens in a couple of weeks.

Have any of you tried Bokashi composting? Living in the woods where bears and other hungry critters would love to explore a compost pile, the fermenting process in the Bokashi method makes the vegetable matter less appealing. I will share more about this wonderful and easy method in the next blog.

For now, I just want to share that I have successfully growing a number of brassica microgreens (which I normally soak for 8 hours and sprout) without soaking or sprouting. Pictures will be forthcoming of my second crops once they take off.

Remember you don't need direct sunlight for microgreens. The only ones that really seem to like it direct are sunflowers. I have been planting many more sunflower seeds successfully in a small tray (5.31 x 14.5" x almost 3" high) about 1/3 cup and getting great germination. I am planting my broccoli and other small microgreens smaller apart which is easier with them being dry...about 1/2 teaspoon dry in the same size tray. Then I transplant some into a larger tray (see below) and am growing them to be much larger...with a little liquid seaweed fertilizer once they are a couple of weeks old.

They are all on a three level rack(see below) which makes it easy to water on the solid trays (also from GreenhouseMegastore.com).




Here are a couple of pics from the Western Slope of CO: Black Canyon and McClure Pass



Happy Fall to all!