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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!

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