In this series, Daniel and I will be taking you along on our gardening journey. Last year, we planted a modified “salsa garden”, complete with copious amounts of cilantro, too many tomatoes and not enough space. Daniel also planted a single “giant sunflower” seed, and we got a giant sunflower. I was absolutely convinced that I had a picture on my computer (or on Facebook) of our giant sunflower, but I couldn’t find it! It was probably 9 feet tall… it was kind of hilarious looking.
Anyways- this year, we are investing a little more time (and SPACE) in planning our garden. This week, we began by germinating some seeds.
Do you remember in elementary school when you dampened some paper towels, placed a single bean inside and stashed the wet mess inside of a plastic bag? Well, my friends, that wet paper towel caused that little bean to “wake up”. You may remember peeking at your lonely, damp bean a few days later to find a tiny green shoot had emerged from the bean. This is germination. I also distinctly remember the absolutely disgusting smell that germinating seeds produces- and there have been a few times that I have crossed that oh-so-memorable smell in my adult life. Takes me back to 4th grade. (Click HERE in case you want to read all Wikipedia has on Germination)
Instead of having hundreds of plastic baggies laying around the house, those gardening folks have come up with a sprouting palette. Each little well contains a petrified soil pellet. After pouring two liters of water on the pellets, they had softened enough for Daniel to plant some seeds.
- Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary, Parsley, Oregano and Catnip. FUN FACT: Catnip has a “light minty-lemony flavor” and can be used to make tea! I think Mowgli is going to love us!
- Veggies: Peas, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Green Beans, Butternut Squash, 3 different Tomatoes (cherry, a low acid tomato and a tomato that is good for canning), Yellow onions, Carrots, Watermelon and Cantaloupe
Our bedroom is by far the warmest location in the house, the vent above our bed blows warm air right onto the top of my dresser (which has new handles!) Germinating doesn’t require any sunlight, just water and warmth. Since it’s currently SNOWING outside, we thought the baby plants would do best in our home.
Stay tuned for updates about our tiny sprouting plants!