July 2011 www.bountea.com
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July Garden Tasks
Coping with Summer Heat
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Dear Reader,
This has been a big month for us.  Not only have we launched the new SuperFood Plant Tabs but we completely redesigned the Bountea Brew Kit, transforming it into the Bountea Garden Tea Brew Kit .  Our intention is to make it more affordable and easier to use – but also include an extra-efficient aeration system.
Roland in the garden
The Garden Tea Brew Kithas a slightly larger air pump than previously.  This easily connects to the new rigid aeration unit that clips to the side of the container.  The unit uses a high-tech plastic air diffuser that oxygenates the water efficiently; it is easy to clean and practically unbreakable.The ingredients of the Garden Tea Brew Kit are almost the same as in the old kit (3 bags of Humisoil, 1 lb Bioactivator and 1 lb M3), except the 1/4 lb box of Root Web is not included.  While Root Web is an essential ingredient of the Bountea Growing System, its application can be confusing for first time users.  We are now able to offer the Garden Tea Brew Kit at $89.99– a 30% discount!Now is a great time to persuade your friends to invest in the health and productivity of their garden with the new Bountea Garden Tea Brew Kit .
Roland Evans
Organic Bountea
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July Garden Tasks
 (July 15th – August 15th)

The key word for this season is Protection. Summer brings both plant growth and plant stress. They need our nurturing help to survive and thrive.

The main tasks for this month are protecting plants, keeping on top of excess growth and maintaining a regular planting schedule. Here are some reminders: of the tasks from last month:

  • Keep soil consistently moist with deep regular irrigation
  • Apply lots of organic mulch and consider planting a living mulch
  • Cut grass and pull weeds regularly – add to compost pile
  • As you harvest salad greens, remember to sow seeds indoors or outdoors and transplant out every 2 – 3 weeks
  • Clear spent plants fast and make as much compost as you can
  • Keep pinching out tomato suckers, support straggling branches and keep plants cooler than 85F
  • Use shade cloth to protect cool-loving seedlings and plants
  • Move pots out of the strongest sun so that the roots do not overheat
  • Start preparing for Fall harvests by sowing brassicas (kale, cabbage, broccoli, etc), carrots, turnips, etc. See the article, “Sowing Seeds in Summer
  • Check if any tiny salad potatoes are ready to harvest.

Bountea Compost Tea:
  This is an important time to support the stressed microbial life in the soil with regular treatments of Bountea
every 2-4 weeks.  For tomatoes, peppers and beans add B3 to the Bountea instead of M3.  When you can’t get around to brewing Bountea, pop a SuperFood Plant Tab into your watering can
and give those plants a little help.


Coping with Summer Heat

It’s hot – and I don’t feel like going out into the garden. Last week, I neglected the plants for a couple of days – the runner beans dropped most of their flowers (see last months article), a tomato had blossom-end rot and the cabbages were hanging limp. Just when I wanted to kick back and

relax, the garden needed me most.

Summer is the hardest time to maintain gardening motivation. Much as I love and value my plants, they sometime feel like needy infants demanding attention at the most inconvenient hours. The garden-parent dilemma: how do I balance my personal needs with the needs of those dependent on me?


The answer is mostly forethought and routine. Forethought is planning for the inevitable stresses of summer so that they are avoided or minimized.  We all recognize those stresses: overheating, loss of moisture, pests and diseases. I have listed the main ways to ameliorate their impact in the Garden Tasks section above.  


Creating and maintaining a routine can be more tricky – yet it is key to maintaining your inner tranquility. The best time to check your garden is early each morning before the sun gets hot. Make it a daily habit to visit your plants and see how they are doing, even if only for a few minutes. This is a time for contemplative action. 


As you wander around your garden, enjoy the profusion but also notice which plants are stressed.  Do a little bit of first aid on the spot – a pinch of SuperStart or a watering can with SuperFood works wonders. More time-consuming interventions such as treating with Bountea, shading or mulching may have to wait until the evening or the weekend.  Put those tasks on a mental TO DO list and create space in your life where they fit best.

Inevitably, some plants will sicken and die.  That can cause a bout of frustration and guilt.  Could we have done more or noticed earlier?  Gardening teaches us acceptance of our imperfections and recognition that we cannot ever be totally in control.  In times of failure, strengthen your routine, learn a little more, replant and move on.  


Remember – gardening is as much for the soul as it is for the body.  Take care of yourself as well as your garden.   


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