6 more days until sprout season

6 more days until sprout season

Sprout season is just around the corner! I just finished interviewing 8 potential apprentices and will be making my decision today.  Not an easy task picking from a group of very enthusiastic candidates – but I think I have made a decision… The site is looking great and I can’t wait to get rolling on […]

Setting up for 2011

Setting up for 2011

So I started prepping the sprout site for the season.  I’ll have a few changes this year, but nothing too drastic. Today I rebuilt the prep table and built a permanent cover over it.  This will make it easier to maintain and much easier to work in adverse weather.  Additional cover will still need to […]

Site Secure for Another Year

Site Secure for Another Year

Well I have really neglected this blog! But I am happy to say that I have now secured my sunflower sprout site for another season which is a nice relief. And a bonus on top of that is even though I offered, I will not be charged any rent for the season.  That makes me […]

Bad weather, but decent sprouts

Bad weather, but decent sprouts

Well, the weather is still crap, but with the heating cables the sprouts are still doing decently.  They are still only about 70% of what their potential is, but I have planted extra trays to make up for it. I thought I would post a picture of the new sprout site, to show its urban […]

Weather Sucks

Weather Sucks

Well, the weather really sucks right now for growing sprouts so I have been utilizing heat cables as a supplement.  They work very well and really improve growth.  Depending on the day temperature I either leave them on just at night or all day and night.  They have definitely helped salvage a few batches!  As […]

Back to the Blog

Back to the Blog

Well, I have been a very naughty blogger (insert spanking joke here), so I am going to try and give an update to bring ya’ll up to speed. After a difficult search for land I finally found a spot about 5 minutes from my house.  The location is perfect for sprouts – good sun, fenced […]

On the lookout for land!

On the lookout for land!

Well, after a very successful season I am pretty much fully wrapped up now.  I should have my production manual finished within the next 2 months and will soon start doing seed trials for next season as I am considering trying to get my production Certified Organic.  There may be a few challenges since I […]

improved machete shot

improved machete shot

Thought I would post, for redemption’s sake, some new and improved videos of the machete harvest.  One is a close up of the cut and the other is a longer version of a series of cuts to give you an idea how the harvest operates: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBh93BEtU34] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kggRr9hGthY]

Deconstruction

Deconstruction

Well, I have started taking apart the sprouting system to store it for the winter.  It was the first time I had been out to the set up in a fgew weeks and it felt pretty strange to not be growing sprouts! As promised I have a video for you of me on my bike […]

A week without sprouts

A week without sprouts

Well, the sprout season is over and the downtime is nice.  But I am already looking ahead to next season.  My biggest challenge will be finding a piece of suitable land in the city for production.  I do have a few leads but still have some looking to do. I will also be making a […]