Many thanks to my dear friend S for sharing a better method of sprouting - use a colander! You can sprout a LOT more seeds and there is less of a chance of your seeds molding. Make certain your colander has "feet" or is suspended in the pot, so that any water can drain away from the seeds. I'm rinsing my seeds/sprouts twice a day and these sunflower seeds did beautifully! Thank you S!!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Just wanted to show you an update of the lettuce planting from a few weeks ago. I think we've made it to microgreen size. They've been living in a sunny window, although we haven't had consistent sunshine - a lot of cloudy weather. I think they've fared nicely!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Despise not the day of small beginnings (Zech 4:10)
This is a tray of some of our latest seedlings started. From left to right there is artichoke, kale, and onion (which were growing toward the light, so that's why they appear to be lying down).
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The quandry for me is that potatoes should be rotated. My last potato planting last summer was proof of that. They weren't the best looking crop that we've harvested. So, this spring they will be planted in front of the house (yes, in the front!). Front yard guerilla gardening at its best. Actually potato plants are quite beautiful, with their pretty purple or white blossoms and lush green foliage. If you've never planted potatoes you've got to try it.
You can buy "seed potatoes" that are certified disease free. I usually purchase some from our local organic market. Do NOT use regular potatoes that are not organic. Some of these are sprayed to prevent sprouting. I plant the potato (seed potato or piece of cut potato that has at least two "eyes" or sprouts), mulch the area well (I use straw), and ignore. As long as we get decent rain and some sun exposure all should be well.
When the potato vines die, it's harvest time!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Well, it's hard to do much gardening under 3' of snow. But, here's what is going on!
Project 1 - Finally sprouting mung beans! I can't wait to use these in stir fry. They're not ready yet, though.