Friday, March 26, 2010

Green stuff

Had a nice, but short visit with Dad. He got us burgers and beer for dinner last night. Mmmmm! I made him and the boys breakfast this morning and he's off to do some business before heading back to the Great White North.

There are signs of spring everywhere. It's good AND bad. It's only March, so there's a good possibility that the temps will plummet and there will be lots more snow and that could mean the buds will come off the trees and flowers that have come up will freeze and that could mean no flowers, fewer leaves, etc. Oh well, we'll see what happens.

The chives are coming up in my yard. They're always the first thing. That means some sour cream and fresh chive redskin potatoes will be served with dinner in the next few days!

It would also appear that the strawberries I planted last year have survived the winter. Yay!

The tomato and lettuce seeds we planted have sprouted. Still no peppers, but they take longer. They're living in the window for now.

I made my own mustard! Woo is it hot! It's tasty, though. My dad just brought his food mill for me to borrow so I'm going to use some frozen tomatoes and try making my own ketchup next.

And finally, the "crunchiest" thing I think I've done yet... I am growing my own alfalfa sprouts! I love those things but never buy them at the store because there are always bacteria warnings. I had no idea it would be so easy to grow my own. I got a sprouting jar with a mesh screen top at Whole Foods and some alfalfa seeds. You just put them in the jar with some water and soak overnight, then rinse and drain them twice a day and keep them in the dark. On Day 4, you put them by a window for a few and the sun turns them green, and they're ready to eat! Yum! I adore them on salads, sandwiches and just plain. It's been fun watching them sprout and four days? I call THAT Instant Gratification gardening! :)

Just sprouting.

What they look like today.

Tomorrow is Day 4, so I get to taste them! Yay!

That's about it for me for now. Have a good day and a great weekend!


Gwenn said...

Yay,good job! Have any tips for growing all that stuff? I really want to grow some of my own food but I kill everything..or it never comes up :( I'm like the black thumb of death..all plants cower in my presence LOL!

Krystal said...

Hmmm tips? well, i kill most stuff, too. I did a salad table last year and had mild success with it and learned some lessons from it, too. What I'll do is a blog post about it in the next few days for you. I have to run right now though.

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