I started this blog simply to enjoy myself writing bits and pieces of life, especially the cheap bits. And no, not in that way! At one time in my life, I was raising kids on about $100 a week and spent every Christmas browsing through the Sally Ann for gifts. It was a dream to figure out how to feed us all well and nutritiously on practically nothing. One way is to do volunteer work at your local organic grocery store–something I didn’t really enjoy, but I got a 10% discount of food for doing it. Anyway, I had to find food they’d eat and that was also cheap. One day, I thought, I’ll write a book about how to do this. And here I am. This is a modern book.
Here’s a picture of one of my “kids” that survived that era. He’s the big male. The smaller one is my very great friend, Damian, a gold nugget in my arsenal of precious gems. The lovely lady is Philip’s wife and inspiration: Trudy. Oh yes, the big male’s name is Philip. Looks like he got enough to eat back in the day!
Here are pictures of the other two who “suffered” through a vegetarian youth. Stephanie and Robin. These three are the jewels in my crown!
Well, we’re still alive here, but definitely looking straggly. I’m thinking now that I’ll re-pot them into individual pots and start putting them in sunny windows during the day and turning them 1/4 turn every day. At night I’ll put them under a couple of full spectrum lights. The basil is looking OK, I think. Even if the crop fails, I think I have enough leaves there to make a salad. For fairies.
Getting leggy, but I’m going to persevere as an experiment. Maybe if I moved them into slightly bigger pots and put them closer under the light? I’ve got them under this light for about 14 hours a day.
Looks as if Anne is right. The seedlings are decidedly leggy and outgrowing their strength, as my grandma used to say. Actually grandma said that any time I was feeling “poorly.” I was never ill, just outgrowing my strength.
Moving on, I wonder how long I can keep these little guys alive………