Posts Tagged ‘seeds’

Thin Your Seedlings, right onto your plate!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Gardening with small children in an exercise in letting go of any tidy gardening habits you may have had in the past.  When letting a toddler help you out, you are likely to get thick masses of seedlings growing together.  Rather than fighting it and trying to grow things in straight lines, I find it easier to let them sow to to their hearts content and then do some damage control at the the thinning phase.

Radishes, beets, kale, chard, lettuce and greens are all good candidates for this method.  The greens are edible, the seeds are plentiful, and the seedlings are delicious. It’s especially easy if you’re growing in a container.
We’ll do this a few days in a row once the seedlings reach a few inches in height. Going through your patch of sprouts pull or cut every second one.  I then give them a quick rinse and let them stand in a jar of water.  they’ll last quite a few days on a windowsill like this.  Tonight we’ll have tiny red russian kale on our pizza along with a salad of radish and beet greens.  Delicious! and the toddler will eat it right up while proclaiming “I grow the seeds!”.

We’re Growing!

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Oh poor neglected blog, poor neglected house, and dog, and oh everything really.  We’re working on so many many things and it’s been hard to keep up.  This time of year we pack seeds by the millions, we thresh seeds, we print and fold packages, we write descriptions, sort hundred of photographs of tomatoes, kick off marketing campaigns and it’s all very very busy.

This year things are a little more challenging, as I’m suffering from what I call why-do-they-call-it-morning-sickness-when-it-lasts-all-day-long-sickness? That’s right. Sometime at the end of this summer we should have a second baby.  While I’m a totally healthy low risk pregnancy sort of person, the first little bit is well, dreadful.  Temporary, but dreadful.

Well enough of this! The last few days have been better, the worst is over, and it’s time to get on top of things.  So while January was a total write off, February is my new year and I’m getting organized.  I have lots of posts written for the next few weeks, lots of local events planed, lots of new seeds, a farm to dream about and a garden to plan, hey! I might even make dinner.