March 02, 2014 10 Comments
We Now Carry Three Types of Barley:
1. Low Cost Feed Grade Natural Barley for Enzyme Tea
2. Medium Cost - Organic Certified Fully Cleaned Sprouting Barley
3. Gnarly Barley - A blend of seeds for seed tea, including Barley
Premium Tibetan Purple Barley was a previous product sold here.
What's the difference?
Our low cost feed grade natural barley is minimally processed and will contain small amounts of plant material and broken seeds. This barley is excellent for bulk sprouting for daily use in the garden, but this barley is NOT good for personal use and consumption. The reason is because the foreign plant material will cause bacteria and other things to grow very easily while sprouting. Regular rinsing will keep this to a minimum and is good for our plants but not 100% safe for our consumption.
The Medium Cost Certified Organic Barley is more expensive but will be totally cleaned and ready for human consumption, sprouting or anything you want and this Barley is Ideal for the smaller garden and will last a long time.
The Premium Tibetan Purple Barley was our highest grade product, organic and was the best on the market. We've however started supplying a blend instead that will more than exceed your expectations, the Gnarly Barley blend.
Step #1: I like to soak the barley in water that has a little re-hydrated kelp in it.
Here is the seed soaking and you'll notice that many of the seeds will float.
Wait 8 hours and then tap the seeds so they sink... then scoop all the junk off the top. The goal here is to have as only seeds left to sprout and none of the plant material and seed hulls.
You can skim all that off or just pour it off into the sink and most of the seeds we want will stay in the bottom if done carefully. When you are done, they will look clean like this:
Then you can rinse them well to make sure they are ready to sprout, I just do this in a metal strainer.
Then you can sprout them in your typical fashion.
Most will use the Jar Method. I really like the Hemp Bag method or the Sprouting tray method.
Here is the same tray 24 hours later:
IMPORTANT: RISE THE SEEDS MORNING AND NIGHT AT LEAST.
And the Next Day:
You can see the seeds get all soapy looking while rinsing:
Here is the same tray after 3 days of rinsing morning and night... it only takes a few seconds
Now blend this up and add it to your 5 gallon bucket of water and pour into the soil :)
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September 08, 2020
August 31, 2020 10 Comments
If you have been reading about cultivating indoors with organic soil then you've heard of SubCool's Super Soil. I admit to starting with this mix and thought I was really doing something special when I first went for it. I bought all the stuff and was really excited to use it.
My results were actually pretty good, but I've since moved on I think you should too.
Besides the "base soil" being purchased instead of made from scratch, I have many other issues. All in all this taking bagged soil and adding worm castings and nutrients isn't a bad idea, but it can be improved upon and money can be saved.
Here is the Recipe: 8 large bags of a high-quality organic potting soil with coco fiber and mycorrhizae (i.e., your base soil) 25 to 50 lbs of organic worm castings 5 lbs steamed bone meal 5 lbs Bloom bat guano 5 lbs blood meal 3 lbs rock phosphate ¾ cup Epson salts ½ cup sweet lime (dolomite) ½ cup azomite (trace elements) 2 tbsp powdered humic acid
Now I'll go through each item: Read more.....