Monday, April 12, 2010
a few weeks ago, i stopped into my local nursery and garden supply store, telly's greenhouse, and picked up a seed sprouter. i'm not usually a big fan of sprouts, but i had a sandwich a while back that included alfalfa sprouts and garbanzo sprouts. it added a whole new texture to the typical sandwich. so, i decided to give sprouts a second chance - and while i'm at it, why not try to grow my own? and it happens to be my day off - time to hopefully catch up on home projects that have been lingering for months (some, for a couple years - yikes!).
you see, another one of my dislikes about sprouts is how quickly they can go bad. i'd buy a bag of them, use about a tenth of its contents and a couple days later, well, they just didn't seem so fresh. by using a seed sprouter, i can grow sprouts in small amounts whenever i please.
today i started two different seeds, alfalfa and snow pea, in jam jars covered with 250 ml of water and covered them with paper towel and a rubber band, allowing the seed to swell. tonight, before i go to bed, i should be able to move them to the two-tier sprouter which you can view here. if all goes well, i'll the sprouts will be ready to eat in two to seven days!
no, i wasn't able to find garbanzo seeds - they ran out of them. i'll take this as a sign that they are just as good homegrown as the one i had in that dream sandwich.
Posted by ercy at 4/12/2010 02:27:00 PM
Sunday, April 11, 2010
this weekend, i finally started my seeds. of course, my dad has his own seeds to start with mine. on saturday, we prepped the flats and today, i moved them into my basement grow station.
here's what's set to grow for 2010:
- japanese eggplant
- fernleaf dill
- tomatillo verde
- green zebra tomato
- tumbling tom tomato
- roma tomato
- sweet italian basil
- ruby swiss chard
- red bell pepper
- orange bell pepper
- japanese eggplant
because i'm so late with starting seeds (again), i'm using hydrofarm's seedling heat mats this year. hopefully i'll be able to plant a few seedlings next month - i'll just need to make sure i give them lots of good nutrients so that they can grow strong in the ground.
today, i took care of some yard clean-up and thankfully, i have they day off tomorrow and hope to separate my clematis and get a few "cold weather" seeds into the ground.
Posted by ercy at 4/11/2010 10:16:00 PM