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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Aloha Kauai -- Alima's Final Microgreen Class on the island........

As our first grandchild is due in December, we are moving to the mainland to be close to our family. We love Kauai and hope to return and bring some family with us!

And I want to share with you how to grow these beautiful microgreens before I depart.

Join me for a final class. Sunday, December 17th at 12:30pm. The cost is $25, and I have one scholarship available. The class will be in Kapa'a.The price includes sprouted seeds, soil, a sturdy planting tray and information on growing a variety of microgreens as well as resources for supplies.

My new book GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP is now available on kindle...check link at bottom. Paperback is also now available. At the class, I will also have paperback copies on hand.

For anyone taking my class or purchasing a book, I am available by e-mail for coaching support.

All supplies will be included in the class price. You will leave the class with information on growing a variety of microgreens and one tray planted with sprouted kale and ready to eat in about 5 days after the class.

Contact me at for more information or to
register or call me at 808-482-4926. Also, feel free to make comments or ask questions through this e-mail address.

Here is a link for the kindle version and paperback:


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Choosing Wellness Today

Everyone has a busy life. How do you add just one more task (even 5 minutes to start or plant microgreens) when you don't finish all your chores each day?

Well, my first decision is to prioritize. What do I want to create each day?

1) inner peace = mindfulness, meditation and no overbooking
2) inner health = food combining, avoiding white food (rice, flour, sugar)
3) inner wisdom = choosing one action or thought that nourishes all of me and hopefully others in the world. Reading a motivational book, such as "Peace in Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hanh.
4) fun = taking a walk/hike with my best friend (my dear husband) or reading or creating for half an hour

So, what are your priorities to nurture yourself?

Choose wellness by making your mental, emotional and physical health a priority so that you will have the reserves to face the world, no matter what comes your way.

P.S. How do you like these glorious beets?

Off to do the final edit from the proof of the paperback version of my book. It should be available from Amazon this month!!

Here's a shortcut to the kindle version on Amazon. GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP

Thursday, October 10, 2013

care, growing and harvesting of your microgreens

I realize that my classes may not always give enough information in one-two hours. That's why I wrote my book.

Everyone's environment is different as well. So, you have to pay attention. Everyday may require more or less watering. I highly recommend bottom watering for microgreens after they root and are uncovered. It only takes 30 seconds more or less depending on the root mass.

Harvesting. For most of us, we are just cutting enough for a serving or two. So, look at the photo below as I gently lift the kale and clip with sharp scissors just above the soil. Only the small microgreens can be harvested this way. Sunflowers and shoot peas will probably come out from the roots if you try this.

Feel free to send me questions at and/ or check out my book on 

Happy Growing!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


After several months of writing, editing, photographing and experimenting with some recipes, my book entitled: 
GROWING MICROGREENS STEP BY STEP is complete and ready in a downloadable form appropriate for kindle or I-phone or PDF just to be read on your computer.

With clear instructions and photos, I think you will find these tasty morsels perfect additions to your salads, to garnish or complete a stir fry, to raise the green level of your smoothie or to enrich a soup. Resources, trouble shooting and much more are covered.

In addition, I have included a number of delicious recipes to show how to incorporate microgreens in your meals.

You may order this version directly from me at It will is also available on Amazon this week. The electronic version is only $7.49. The print version is coming out early in November.

This is the perfect winter garden on your windowsill, kitchen counter...wherever you have a little space for these micro vegetables.

Also included in the book are some simple thoughts on how incorporating mindfulness into my days and my gardening has helped me "destress" and breathe more softly in life. The book's focus is on the microgreens. The mindfulness tools are a bonus gift you may enjoy as you choose.

The format for the book is simple, straight forward and clear. As Jane Riley, M.S., B.A., Certified Nutritional Adviser, wrote in the Foreword:

"Her well-illustrated and descriptive book Growing Microgreens is the definitive guide to producing excellent, delicious and sustainable nutrition for yourself and your family no matter whether you live on acreage or in a one bedroom bachelor's apartment."