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Roottrapper Bags and Pot Licker!

With Spring almost here, now is a good time to learn about the advantages of using the RootTrapper® II designed by Rootmaker® for your outdoor and indoor gardening needs. The RootTrapper® is the most versatile container on the market, and can be used with virtually any planting media with hydroponic or organic methods… Today I am going to focus on the advantages of using The RootTrapper® containers specifically the outdoor environment. Previously roots could be forced to branch as a result of air-root-pruning. Now there is pruning by the RootTrapper®. Here’s how it works… The special fabric in the RootTrapper® containers literally traps the tip of the root in the material. When the tip of a root is trapped and can no longer extend, it is forced to branch as with air-root-pruning. The more roots branch back in the growth medium, the more root tips, the healthier the plant!  1 square inch of the RootTrapper® material can prune hundreds root tips ( the root tip is where most water and nutrient absorption takes place) ! Due to the white coating on the container root zone temperatures are lower, water is saved and since less water evaporates, salt accumulation from the irrigation water is decreased. The RootTrapper® bags are the only root pruning bags available today that will prune the roots that hit the bottom of the bag. While air pruning bags need air to prune the roots … The RootTrapper® does not! Air pruning bags that are placed on the ground not prune the roots that hit the bottom of the bag. The roots will circle or grow out of the bag, which is exactly what we don’t want. Simply put The RootTrapper® containers are undoubtedly the best containers to use in your outdoor gardens. Available in sizes from 1 Gal to 500 gal we have a RootTrapper® bag to suit your needs. Custom sizes are also available.

The Pot Licker utilizes the amazing (and Patented) Roottrapper® material but is cut out to fit as a liner in regular plastic pots. This turns your standard container into a Root trapping container. Offering you the benefits of root trapping in your existing nursery containers.

This year much of the country is suffering from a major drought. The Roottrapper® technology will not only create a more productive root system… but it will save you on your water bill while also you helping to do your part to help us get thru this situation.

Check out the video below for further explanation and photos!

 

Growing Micro-Greens 101

If you are considering growing your own food for the first time… or maybe you are even a very experienced gardener but never considered  the benefits of growing sprouts and Micro Greens…. Im here to tell you this is the most economical and easiest way to start supplementing your diet. It has been said that sprouts and Micro Greens are the most nutrition you can get per dollar spent on vegetables.

WebMD said…  ” Researchers found microgreens like red cabbage, cilantro, and radish contain up to 40 times higher levels of vital nutrients than their mature counterparts” and

“The microgreens were four- to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” says researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. “When we first got the results we had to rush to double and triple check them.”

While Micro Greens cost more when purchased at supermarkets they are by far the easiest and cost effective  thing you can grow at your own.

The video below show step by step instructions on how you can grow your own Micro-Greens . From preparing your soil mix and making what I call ” soil Taco’s” all the way thru harvest , this video shows you everything you need to know about growing Micro-Greens.

Below Red Rambo Radish 3 days old

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Red Rambo and Daikon Radish

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Emily Walter ( A Girl & a Garden) teaching Executive Chef Of John Ash and Co Tom Schmidt about growing Micro-Greens

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Germinating Radish’s

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Red Russian Kale Germinating

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Red Russian Kale Germinating

 

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Ruby Streaks Mustard

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Red Russian Kale

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Dewey Mister Compost Tea Brewer

The Dewey Mister is proudly distributed by World Wide Garden Supply.

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Dewey Mister Compost Tea Brewer:

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Brewing Compost Tea with The Progress Earth 60 Gal Vortex Brewer and there Biodynamic Brew Kit

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BOKASHI

What the heck is bokashi?  Until earlier this year I had no idea, but I had a couple of friends who raved about it.  I knew it was used in compost but I never thought of using it myself, it sounded weird as it can be used to process almost any organic matter including dairy, meat and even human and pet waste.  So when I started working at The Garden Spout, I begin to discover more.

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My research let me to discover that Bokashi is a method that was developed in Japan centuries ago.  It uses the micro-organisms from the local soil to break down food waste.  They use their soil to cover the organic waste to ferment the bio-materials. (In fact, this method is a fermentation process although it is frequently referred to as compost.) After a few weeks the fermented compost is buried in the ground to complete the transformation to rich soil weeks later.

Bokashi is favored by many as it is easy, fairly free of odor and is simple to begin as all that is needed is a bucket with a lid, bokashi mix and organic matter.  I use a standard kitchen scrap bucket, but a basic five gallon bucket with a lid will do. (An option to consider is adding a spigot to the bottom few inches of the bucket so that the liquid that accumulates in the bottom can be drained as the organic matter decomposes.  The liquid can be disposed of or used as a tea on your soil.) You then create layers of the bokashi with the organic matter (kitchen scraps in my case) and continue to layer until the bucket is full.  As it composts, I add it to my main composter.  One of the nice things is that the bokashi mix does a good job of keeping the odor down, although it does have a unique bouquet itself.

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I also use the bokashi mix in my vegetable and flower beds and am using it to help reclaim beds that have been neglected with good results.  The micro-organisms break down the minerals that are present, but inaccessible and gives the plants better access to the nutrients in the beds.  It also helps to protect the plants from non-beneficial micro-organisms such as harmful fungi in the soil or when used as a foliar.  One of my best results has been in a half-whiskey barrel that had depleted soil.  I was low on fresh soil, so I amended the poor soil with bokashi mix and the gallon or so of soil that I had.  I mixed it well, watered and planted a zucchini with very pleasing results.

 

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Southern Oregon Bokashi is the mix I have been using.  (Check out their website for more information on what is in their mix and what each does:  http://www.sobokashi.com/)

So far this year I have been able to bring life back to a couple of beds that have gone dry with disuse by mixing the bokashi into those beds.  The results surprised me, I have seen major growth with my tomatoes and zucchini.  I have also planted some sunflowers in those beds and a few extra tomato plants and some onions and they are growing along quite happily.

After my gardening experiences this year I am convinced that bokashi is an excellent way to boost the soil biology in a very beneficial, uncomplicated and practical way.  I will definitely keep bokashi handy and a part of my gardening routine going forward.  I’m glad I tried it and my plants seem even happier with my decision than I am.

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Lance S.
The Garden Spout
Portland, OR