They’re Here!

It seems like it has taken forever, but in all honesty it’s only been a few days.

My sprout seeds arrived and I couldn’t wait to get some started. The lids came with two packages of seeds, plus I ordered a separate package of seeds for more selection. And with the temperatures quickly dropping to minus 30 degrees Celsius, a taste of spring will be welcome.

Two packages came with the lids and the other six were in another package.

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The lids out of the package so you can see what they look like.

When I took the Sprouting Workshop I bought seeds from the same company as above and they had an excellent germination rate. The lids are a little (okay, a lot) different from the one I bought at the workshop but they seem to work well. I like the ease in which the water can be added and drained, and the jars don’t want to roll away because of the flat design on the lids.

I put the seeds (1 tbsp of alfalfa in one jar and 4 tbsp of Crunchy Bean Mix in another) in water and let them soak while I was at work. Each seed type has a different recommendation on the package which I suggest you follow, at least until you know how much room they’ll take up in the jar.

Alfalfa seeds in water.
Crunchy Bean Mix in water.

After soaking all day, I drained the water and laid the jars on their sides. I’m anticipating some sprouting by morning. The trick is to keep them moist, so I’ll rinse them again before I go to work.

Soaked alfalfa seeds.
Crunchy Bean Mix after the water was drained.

Last time I sprouted seeds the beans were ready in a matter of a few days. They were crunchy and had a somewhat nutty flavour. I can hardly wait for these to be big enough to eat.

I love sprouts in salad, on a sandwich or just by themselves. Adding some fresh greens to our diet will be a good mid-winter boost.

The package of alfalfa seeds is supposed to yield at least 30 cups of sprouts. If I remember I should measure each batch I do so I can see just how much I get. It will be interesting to know.

It’s easy to get started with sprouting, and no specialized equipment is needed. I have had success with a plastic mesh as well as the stainless steel screen I bought at the workshop. I plan on buying a few different types of lids as well as an actual sprouting tray just to see how each works. I just have to be careful not to get ahead of myself, or I’ll have more sprouts than we can eat in a week.

Stay tuned to see how they turn out. I’ll be posting pictures so you can see the progress.

Have you tried to grow sprouts? If so, did you enjoy the process and the tasty reward?

Welcome 2020!

Happy New Year!

With the new year comes a change in direction for me. I am so excited to be working on this gardening site. It was a long time coming.

I have tossed the idea around for a few years now, but the stars finally lined up so I could set it in motion. It took a lot of bouncing ideas around inside my head and on paper, and it has now come to fruition.

I’m in this one for the long haul and have recruited a good friend of mine to help out with the articles. Jim spent many years as a journalist and editor, plus he is an avid gardener. He’s working on his first article for me as I write this. I have asked him to write a short bio which will be posted alongside mine within the next few days.

We are supposed to get some snow over the next few days which will add some extra insulation to the ground. Out here in the country the extra insulation isn’t a bad thing because septic systems tend to freeze when the frost runs too deep.

This was taken Christmas morning in our yard. The heavy frost is so pretty but it can wreak havoc on the trees.

The extra blanket of snow also means less chance of plants succumbing to the frigid temperatures we endure each winter. I’m an Albertan through and through, but the older I get the less I can tolerate the cold. Maybe I’m just getting soft in my old age.

I ordered some seeds so I can start sprouting again which is the easiest way to get started with gardening. Being able to enjoy the fruits (or sprouts) of your labour within days during the cold winter days not only adds some green to your day, but also some green to your wallet. The rising cost of produce deters people from eating as healthy as they should, so gardening in even the simplest form will help offset the grocery bill.

I’ll be documenting my gardening journey this year starting with my sprouts when my order arrives. Then I’ll share my seed-starting experience so I have my own bedding plants this year. It has been several years since I’ve grown my own bedding plants. I think it’ll be like doing it for the first time.

Watch for product reviews, recipes and general tips and tricks from my partner-in-crime and me. And feel free to ask questions about gardening. We’re here to help.

Are you an experienced gardener or a newbie? Let me know in the comment section.

Diane

Gardeners Unite

My first post on my new website! How exciting!

I am a gardener.

And if you’re reading this than it’s safe to presume you are too. Or would like to be.

I’m not a professional gardener by any means but I love the process. I’ve had some big wins and some big fails but it hasn’t stopped me from trying again year after year.

I think that’s what makes it a hobby I can stay interested in, because no two growing seasons are ever the same.

I started this blog to document my progress in our own yard, but until spring gets here I can’t do much with it. The snow is gradually piling up and the ground is frozen.

However, that doesn’t mean my website will wait until spring. I have a lot of stories to share, plants to showcase and advice to give (which you are free to take with a grain of salt if you wish).

So until the sap in the trees begins to flow again and the green grass appears once more, I would like to get to know you better so I can provide information you can use.

What is your biggest challenge as a gardener?