|Dear Reader, Â
It is March already – you may have noticed that I completely missed the February newsletter!Â I have a list of tiresome excuses but the reality is that life sometimes just gets away from me.March is the big month â€“ not a time for procrastinating or missing gardening opportunities. Â This last weekend, the fever took me. Â Suddenly, against my better judgment, I am searching for seeds, compost and pots. Â I though this year I would let the gardening go â€“ no way.Time to get your Bountea supplies and give the garden a dose of magic microbes and minerals. Â Note that Root Web is on sale for the first time. Â With 21 species of beneficial fungi, it out-performs other mycorrhizal products. Â Add it to the Bountea just as you dilute for application â€“ then water it well into the soil. Â Alternatively, simply sprinkle on roots as you transplant.The article this month is my attempt to share the wonders of Bountea. I hope to help you change your perspective so you too can recognize that brewing the tea is about life and living beings â€“ not dead chemicals or mechanical procedures. Bountea is creation, experiment and magic.
Have fun in the garden!
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|Â March Garden Tasks
Attention and Action are key activities for March.Â The weather is tricky so be vigilant.
Vegetable seeds indoors:Â Eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, basil.Â Soak peas and germinate in a plastic bag with a
Flower seeds indoorÂ Half Hardy Annuals – snapdragon, begonias, aster, impatiens, lobelia, petunia, hollyhock, alyssum, etc.Â Try germinating in a bag, as above.
Roots, tubers and plants outdoors: onion sets, seed potatoes, rhubarb burls, shallots, strawberry plants, grapes (mulch grape roots), tarragon.Vegetable seeds outdoors (temperatures over 40 degrees): beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, kohlrabi, arugula, mesclun, lettuce, onions, parsnips, radishes, rutabaga, spinach, turnips, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, thyme, oregano, sage.
Flower seeds outdoors: Hardy Annuals – sweet pea, larkspur, bachelor’s button, calendula, violas.
Ornamentals: cut back ornamental grasses, transplant shrubs and roses that need to be moved.
|Understanding BounteaI love Bountea; to me it is endlessly fascinating.Â Watching it bubble and foam, I know that myriads of tiny life-forms are being born, procreating, living and dying.Â I sense it pulsating, living and breathing.Â Brewing the tea is an act of creation.Through a microscope, the reality of this Bounteaworld leaps before your eyes.Â Billions of microbes in all shapes and sizes, long and thin, spherical, tubular – some shooting across the screen, some chugging away in circles, others bulging and transforming.Â It is an alternative fluid universe, complex beyond imagination.Seeing all that life, it is obvious we are not in fertilizer land any more, Toto!Â Bountea is as distant from Miracle-Gro as the finest gourmet meal is from plain salt.Â When we offer that feast to our plants, they sigh with ultimate satisfaction; they are getting what they most desire – Real Food.Because it is alive, Bountea is both delicate and resilient.Â Most of the microbes in the starter, Alaska Humisoil are asleep, hibernating in spore form.Â Living and waiting for thousands of years beneath the frozen Alaskan ground, they easily resist cold but get stressed when it gets hot (above 95F) and dry.Â Even then, certain spores survive, but the precious diversity may be compromised.Â The power of the Humisoilis not simply in the number of microbes but in the thousands of different species that live together as a dynamic society.
When you add the Humisoil and Bioactivator to the bubbling water, everything starts to wake.Â The Bioactivator helps the tiny organisms grow, thrive, reproduce, and find a balance with all the other members of the microbial society.Â The foundation of that society are bacteria and fungi – each exist in thousands of species.
Bacteria grow fast and need nutrients in the form of carbohydrates – sugars and starches.Â Fungi germinate and spread their tendril-like hyphae in search of cellulose.Â While bacteria like it warm, fungi enjoy a cooler temperature and a slower pace of growth.Â Brew Bountea for 24 hours at around 75F and you obtain a nice balance of bacteria to fungi.Â Brew at a higher temperature and Bountea will shift toward the bacteria.Â Brewed at 60F for 48 hours, the Bountea will become more fungal.
Fast-growing leafy plants like grass and the majority of vegetables prefer a somewhat bacterial brew.Â Fibrous or woody-stemmed plants such as tomatoes, trees, shrubs and most perennials like it more fungal.Â You can tilt your microbial populations by simply changing the way you brew.Â Naturally, if you want a strongly fungal brew, you should use Fungal Activator instead of Bioactivator.Â Every ingredient in the Fungal Activator is designed to foster and support the growth of more fungi.
At another time I will describe the multitude of other microbes in Bountea.Â For the moment maybe it is enough to know Bountea gives your soil a large dose of life – and your plants love it!Â Enjoy.
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