Rick and Jackie Brown, Registered Organic Farmers
You will find Jackie an amazing source of information as you prepare for your garden. She has a degree in environmental horticulture, and she is a Master Gardener through the UC Cooperative Extension .
This winter Jackie has been very busy preparing some delicious jams from berries and other fruit from the Farm. Called, Kitchen Traditions, the home made jam is sure to delight. She has canned jams for a long time, but this she earned the status as "Master Food Preserver" through the U.C. Extension program. That honor is coupled with her status as a "Master Gardener" through the same program.
Compost Tea Formula
Special thanks to HomesteadersFreedom.com
Compost tea delivers beneficial bacteria, microbes and nutrients to your plants and soil. The recipe I used for this batch of compost tea is: 4 gallons of water, 4oz of fish and seaweed fertilizer, 2Tbsp unsulphured molasses, and 4 cups of organic worm castings. I suspended the worm castings in cheese cloth and allowed the entire mixture to bubble (with a fish tank aerator) for at least 24hrs. There are many recipes online for compost tea with most of them being pretty similar. I would encourage folks to research compost tea, the various recipes and how to properly prepare and use compost tea. Aeration in compost tea mixtures such as this one is very important to discourage the growth of anaerobic bacteria, and encourage the growth of beneficial (aerobic) bacteria. The more bubbles the better! Compost tea is great for your plants and vegetables and a great boost for your organic food.
Gardening Tips in Video Format
Here are some short videos that provide good resources for the organic gardener. Just click on the link to launch them.They are short, informative and lots of fun.