Butterfly Kit Results

Abbie Jane had great success with her butterfly kits…

Linda V.’s butterfly is just about ready to join the world…

Pat N. photographed her butterfly’s progress…

Leaving its chrysalis

Here is a photo of Ann H.’s newly emerged butterfly:

The Art of Kokedoma

Linda's Sweet Kokedoma

Linda’s Sweet Kokedoma

Linda G. took a workshop to make a charming kokedoma or as it it also known, a moss ball. She offered it as a promise tree item at the last meeting. You can find koedoma in garden centers as well. Air plants are often used, but regular plants work well too. They look pretty easy to make and are especially lovely when hung.

 To learn to make one yourself, go to this tutorial or watch this video.

Ron Christie’s Potting Mix & Slide Show

Ron gave us a wonderful slide show at the last meeting about gardening in pots and raised beds. He has sent us the recipe for his favorite potting mix. Click to view the slide show he gave about Containers & Raised Beds.


Living Earth Farm – A Nutrient Dense Potting Mix for Vegetable Trays & Transplants

Potting SoilThis is a soilless mix that can be used with transplant starts or in a raised bed:

What you need:

  • Two ‘5 gallon’ buckets of sphagnum peat moss
  • One ‘5 gallon’ bucket of medium or fine vermiculite
  • 1 gallon of high quality compost (from Ideal Compost, Coast of Maine*, Vermont Compost Company) or 1 lb. of worm castings* (to jump start soil biology)
  • 5 gallons of water (warmed to room temperature or higher – to 90° F)


  • ½ cup of blood meal (for short-term nitrogen)*
  • 1 cup of soybean meal (for short/intermediate-term nitrogen)*
  • 2 cup alfalfa meal (for long-term nitrogen)*
  • 2 cup of bone char (for short-term phosphorus)*
  • ¼ cup of sulfate of potash (for sulfur and potassium)*
  • 1 cup of kelp meal (for micro-nutrients)*
  • 1 cup of dolomitic lime (for long-term calcium and pH balance)*
  • 1 cup of wood ash (for short-term calcium and pH balance)
  • 1 cup of Menefee Humates (for soil microbes, nutrient retention, humic acid and water holding capacity)*


  1. Be sure to wear a dust mask and gloves when handling the ingredients.
  2. Add water to peat moss about one week before mixing,
  3. Gently mix the peat moss and vermiculite together (vermiculite can be crushed if handled too roughly).
  4. Add nutrients and gently and thoroughly mix.
  5. Let the mix sit for at least 24 hours (a week is ideal) so that biological activity gets a chance to start up.

Because sphagnum peat moss has some anti-fungal properties and vermiculite is almost sterile, you should not have any disease problems.

*Can be purchased from FEDCO Organic Growers Supplies.