|Â May 2010
|Â Dear Reader,
This newsletter is a little late; it had to take a backÂ seat to our Bountea Visioning Retreat.Â Every six months or so, we get together over multiple daysÂ to review every aspect of the business – from our most idealistic hopes to theÂ detailed nitty-gritty of fulfilling orders. Â Growing a business is like creating a garden: aÂ balance of what we envision tempered by what is realistic.Â In our meetings we come up with greatÂ ideas, review our successes and failures and gather energy to forge aheadÂ toward the next challenge. Â Â It is exhausting and invigorating!One of our exciting new ventures is the development of anÂ educational outreach to schools, BounTeach.Â Young people connect with the Earth through contact with the soil:Â We have been working on the garden for a short amount of time, but we have already seen improvements. We have learned a lot about gardening and such, and your supplies made it so much more possible to have a great garden in our school.Sincerely
Katie Matthews, Arena student
You may have found your way via theÂ Bountea BlogÂ to John’s newÂ BioTea website.Â It is a workÂ inÂ progress with some of the strangeness of a different culture (bathing in the compost tea!) and great pictures of BioTea biological activity. BioTea is a version of BounteaÂ adapted to local Philippine conditions.
This month I decided to share my passion for lettuce.Â The article gives an overview of how to grow this wonderful vegetable – the epitome of summer.
May Garden Tasks
(May 15th — June 15th)Seeds Indoors: keep sowing salad greens and hold back transplanting hot weather
plants until all danger of frost is passed.
Seeds Outdoors: (only when regular
temperatures reach 55 degrees) – beans, corn, cucumber, gourds,
melons, pumpkins, squash, sunflower.
row cover over cucumber, melons, squash, pumpkins to defeat the
cucumber beetle.Â Remove when flowers appear so insects can pollinate.Â
Transplants Outdoors: broccoli,
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery.Â Use walls of water or four-gallon
water jugs around transplanted tomatoes and peppers if there is a chance
of frost.Â Begin hardening off tender plants like basil.Â Â
Ornamentals: place compost around
roses, trees and shrubs.After all frosts
outdoors: tomato, cucumber,
eggplant, melons, gourds, peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, summer
squash. Â Make tomato collars to repel cutworms (tuna can or
cardboard collar placed around tomato plant and pushed into the ground
to the depth of one inch)Â Â Â
plant tender annualsTree
Planting Tips:Â Dig a WIDE hole.Â Loosen soil at the bottom and
add 2 tablespoons of SuperStart for
Do not add compost.Â Carefully disentangle roots and lower tree into
the hole with roots spread out to the side.Â Make sure the graft joint
is above the soil level.Â If you do not have Bountea on hand, add 2
teaspoons of Root Web to 2
gallons of water.Â Soak all the roots and the soil around the tree.Â Mix
1 cup of Humisoil with your garden soil and planting mix and carefully
fill around the roots.Â Water with Bountea
as you fill until the soil is level.Â Spread compost or other mulch
around the tree.
General Info: Lettuce is a cool loving, fast growing,
leafy annual that does not like high heat or direct summer sun.Â It tastes best when grown quickly in
moist, fertile, mineral-rich soil.
Seeds:Â Small, black and white, shaped like arrowheads.Â Seeds
store for 3 years and germinate in 6 -12 days.
Varieties: Hundreds of varieties that fall generally into
the following categories:
Create your own mixtures.Â Choose hardy winter varieties to sow in the fall.
We really appreciate your business and the loving effort you spend on your soil and plants.Â Help us help you better by giving is feedback on our service, products and communications.
Care for your Plants — Care for your Soil — Care for our Earth
the Bountea way.