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We are now in month two and things are coming along nicely! I am already eating snippets of all the plants. I feel so smug as I clip off my organic basil leaves for salads and stir fries when it’s selling for $2.99 for a small bundle in grocery stores. I have been getting all my lettuce leaves for sandwiches from the seedlings for a couple of weeks now.
I just saw instructions for growing carrots in a jar, so am going to try those next. This growing your own veggies indoors is such a great idea. Unfortunately I went a little bit mad and spent nearly $60 on seeds last week. Obviously not all can be sown in my indoor seedling trays. Nothing breeds hubris like success!
The seedlings I planted in January are coming along nicely now. I’ve repotted them–here’s a picture of some lettuce and a basil plant.
As you can see the plants are leaning a bit. That’s because I didn’t rotate the pot today and we had bright sun. The clocks go forward this coming Sunday, so the plants in the south facing windows will lose some morning sunlight. I may have to make some lighting adjustments.
This picture was taken in June 2017 when my lovely daughter and sons surprised me with a birthday party in my garden with 30 people! What a great surprise it was. Stephanie flew in from Turkey specially to be here for my big day. Our weather had been terrible the week before, and was terrible again the week after–constant rain. But as you can see the sun shone this day! What a wonderful day. I’ll never forget it. I told them that I forgave them for everything they did to drive me crazy, and will forgive them for all they do in the future to drive me crazy!! So proud of them.
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!
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.