Today I am feeling giddy thinking about the seeds I purchased on Sunday. I also picked up seed starter soil, cell flats and some vermiculite. I decided I wanted to buy seeds this year to diversify my garden. I still have plenty of seeds that I have saved that I will use this spring, however I could not resist the seed catalog!
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A list of the newbies:
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
Andover OG Parsnips
DeLuxe Lettuce Mix OG
Roodnerf Brussels Sprouts
Cosmonaut Volkov OG Tomatoes
Black Prince OG Tomatoes
Gardeners Sweetheart OG Cherry Tomatoes
Elecampane OG Elecampane
Winter Savory Winter Savory
White Yarrow Achillea
Autumn Beauty Mix OG Sunflowers
Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflowers
State Fair Mix Zinnias
Beneficials Flower Mix
And of course I have the usual standbys:
Looks like I will need to fill my calendar with seed starting dates. I also plan to start expanding the beds into the back of yard as I would like to have more of a botanical garden in the yard than just a lot of grass. That’s where a lot of those herbs and flowers will go.
What seeds are you lusting after this season?
Posted in Garden, Indoor Garden, Saving Seeds, seed starter, seeds, Spring, Urban Agriculture, Vegan
Tagged Borage, Butternut Squash, Calabasa, Calendula, Collards, Flowers, Garden, Indoor Garden, Kabocha, Kale, Peas, Saving Seeds, seed starter, Seed Starting, Seeds, Spring, Squash, Urban Agriculture, Vegan, Vegetables
OK, in my last post I had a garden wishlist and well, yeah, since then I started a lot of seeds. Sometimes what you wish for is a good thing and comes true. Check out what’s been growing since we last chatted:
Cucumber, Spaghetti & Butternut Squash
Sweet, huh, all were planted between 4/5 – 4/9. I am very happy and can’t wait to transplant them next month. Our last frost date is 5/15, though I have a feeling we are done for the season, I hope!
There was something else that I wished for that didn’t turn out quite as well as my seedlings or as I had hoped for. I had a position at a shop that was always a dream job for me, the kind of store I thought I was meant to be working in. I loved the customers, however my values didn’t align with the owner’s and a falling out in January didn’t make it any easier. Why did I stay? Well, I needed the income and the people I met kept me coming in, and quite frankly I liked getting the discount. A few weeks ago I was asked to leave that job and I am glad it happened. I was not happy there and though the customers kept me there I felt my vitality being zapped when I dealt with the owner, which was always. I don’t blame him, I should have left a lot sooner.
The big lesson that I learned from this whole experience is that if something doesn’t feel right then it isn’t. Sometimes it’s not easy to change a situation, however, you have to do what’s right for you. Like plants we all need the right environment to thrive.
Posted in Black Beans, Butternut Squash, Calabasa, Cucumbers, Garden, Indoor Garden, Kabucha, legumes, seeds, Squash, Sunflowers, Zucchinis
Tagged Black Beans, Butternut Squash, Garden, Gut Instinct, health, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Indoor Garden, Kobucha, Spaghetti Squash, Squash, Sunflowers
So I am getting ready to start some seeds indoors and have been thinking of what I want to grow this year. I have some kobucha squash seeds that I saved that I will be planting in the next few days. I harvested them a little while ago so they will hopefully be viable.
I have some dill and garlic chives going on in the light shelf too. I also planted rosemary but I don’t think it’s germinating. There’s something there but they could be weeds from the garden I use garden soil and reuse potting soil so anything can be coming up.
I have tomatoes and peppers going strong, a little too strong and am afraid that they may outgrow their pots before mid-May. I was hoping to have them produce fruit inside but they are taking forever to grow (I know I am contradicting myself here, stay with me).
So that’s what I have, what about what I want? I want the squashes, I also want cucumbers. I have had NO LUCK with cucumbers, not sure why they produce fruit and it’s small and shrivels up in no time. I want beans, lots and lots of beans. Jared and I talked about it and we both agreed to try to plant beans this summer, I want to plant all of the legumes we eat: peas, black, kidney, navy, chickpeas, adzuki and pinto. I am not sure if any of these are pole or bush or whatever so it will be fun to experiment. Now I just need a spot to start them inside
What’s on your garden wishlist? Please feel free to share what you are planning on doing this year and any tips you have for beans!
Posted in beans, Black Beans, Cucumbers, Garden, Indoor Garden, legumes, Peas, Peppers, seed starter, seeds, Tomatoes, Uncategorized
Tagged Cucumbers, Dill, Garden, Garlic Chives, Indoor Garden, Kobucha, Peppers, Seed Starting, Seeds, Tomatoes
Crocuses are popping up and I am getting antsy to get dirt under my fingernails, this could only mean one thing. It’s my Veganniversary!
It’s also this blog’s third birthday. So what have we been up to for the last three years? Good thing you asked!
In addition to going natural (as in hair), we have left the corporate world and embarked on a new academic world.
We have been to quite a few health and wellness conferences and a couple of vegetarian ones too.
We held our own workshops
We have planted and picked dozens of veggies.
We have encountered countless amazing people.
We have tasted and revised dozens of recipes, not all ours.
We have lost a few loved ones and brought some into our hearts and lives.
We have fostered dogs.
We have cried and laughed, sometimes at the same time.
We survived a hurricane and power outage
We entered a chili contest or two
And we think we might actually be able to start seeds indoors this year.
Thanks for being there through the thick and thin, here’s to another three or more like thirty years! I love you all!
Posted in Colleen Patrick Goudreau, Crocuses, Foster Dogs, Hurricane Sandy, Middlesex County College, Neal Barnard, NYC Veg Food Fest, spring flowers, Veg Festival, Workshop
Tagged Abundance, Friends, health, Healthy Lifestyle, Hurricane Sandy, Indoor Garden, Inflammation Workshop, Luke, New Beginning, Tomatoes, Vegan
Wow! Has it really been almost 2 months since my last post? Time flies when you are having fun and sometime even when you are not.
It’s tempting to post that this is the perfect time to renew goals and resolutions but come on, you’re probably getting that up the whazoo right now and you don’t need me telling you that you need to eat less sugar*, exercise more and breathe a little deeper. You know that already!
So what have I been up to for the last couple of weeks? I finished my first semester of school with straight As, YES!!!! It was tough and totally worth it. In a couple of weeks I start my first field rotation and I can’t wait. We’ll find out next Thursday where we will end up.
In order to have access to fresh greens I have started an indoor garden. This has been something I have wanted to do for a while and we were fortunate enough to have been gifted this light shelf. I don’t usually do well with indoor plants but having them so close by helps me keep tabs on them. I do need to pick up more herb seeds.
Here are some collards
And some basil
Some ends that I stuck in a pot and are doing well
I also have tomatoes that I don’t remember planting…
Yep, must have been pulling an all-nighter during that one. I also baked my first bread – here’s a photo of what was left of it.
I have some dough rising right now as we speak. I really wish I hadn’t found making it so easy! Here’s the recipe:
2 Tbs Active Dry Yeast
14oz Water, 110 degrees
1/2 Tsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp Molasses
1 1/2 cup Bread Flour
1 1/2 cup Wheat Flour (or another flour you like)
2 tsp Salt
Corn Meal for dusting
All Purpose flour as needed
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix together yeast, water, sugar and molasses in that order, let sit for 15 minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spatula until well combined and pasty, if it’s too sticky add some AP flour. Let sit for 3 minutes covered with a towel. Then mix again for another 5 minutes. Add more flour if it’s still really sticky, and then cover it with a towel and let it sit until it doubles in size. This could take anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours. I preheat the oven and put some water to boil to get it to rise in 90 minutes. After it’s risen you are going to beat it down again to get the air out. Dust with flour if it’s too sticky to work with. Flatten it out with the heel of your hand and shape it to look like a cigar with the seam on the bottom pinched together. Make sure you do this on the surface that you are going to bake it on (i.e., I use a pizza stone) and that the bottom is well floured with corn meal or some other flour. Let it rise covered with a towel for another 30 minutes and once it has risen again – and sometimes they don’t so don’t worry too much if it didn’t rise – cut 3 slits across the top, place it in the preheated oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until it sounds hollow when you knock on it. Let it cool on a rack and enjoy. That’s it, easy peasy! One of my favorite snacks is to spread a slice with avocado and top it with basil and a little salt – YUM!
* I’m doing a Sugar Blues workshop on January 19th at Jack’s Health Food Country at 1pm so yeah – I am gonna tell you to eat less sugar!
Posted in Arugula, Basil, collards, French Bread, Garden, Indoor Garden, Recipe, Sugar Blues Workshop, Tomatoes
Tagged Arugula, Bread Recipe, Collards, Garden, Indoor Garden, Peppers, Recipe, Sugar Blues, Tomatoes