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Seriously.

This salad is our first ever completely-from-our-garden masterpiece.

And it was T.A.S.T.Y!

I took a million pictures. I’ll spare you some hours and post just a few for your enjoyment.

We’re pretty proud 🙂

[We made our own salad dressing too!]

[and a carrot made its debut]

 

Hope you enjoyed our salad – we sure did!

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We’ve actually been mowing down on lettuce for weeks now (and can’t seem to eat it as fast as we grow it! – we’ll definitely be planting less lettuce next year and more of something else).

I maybe a little too prematurely excited about spring coming, but I opened our windows up today anyways. There’s nothing like fresh air to make your world smell a little cleaner. I’m not quite sure what it is, probably just the air flow, but it makes it feel better. Everything needs to be aired out every once in awhile.

Really this was motivated by a couple things.

1. I seriously think our neighbor (who smokes…eeee yuck) knows when I’m working my hardest and cleaning the house with nice, chemical-free products. The last several times I’ve cleaned, stale cigarette smoke seems to seep in. So, I decided since it’s not raining today, that it would be a good opportunity to get some airflow. This place needs it! And sometimes, a little fresh air is essential to cleaning!

2. We working on growing some onions. I’ve read several places that this is a cool-weather crop. As in, they like to be in ground in early spring – even before it’s had a chance to really warm up. You’re supposed to start them inside several weeks (like 12 or 14) early. We’re trying to get them into the ground sometime in April (as weather, and the onions, allow). But, I decided today that they’re looking like they want some fresh air. (Actually, they’re still just dirt and seed. They’re not supposed to start popping up until Saturday). But, I think everyone needs some fresh air to feel good, including our little onions-to-be.

Want to see what our little herb garden is up to?

Our Over-Zealous Basil Seedlings

Mint: Our Official Late-Bloomers (Yes, this is just dirt)

Our Leggy Oregano

Rosemary: Early Bloomers and FAST Growers!

Rosemary: The Loner

It’s been so much fun to grow these herbs so far! I feel (again) a little bit like a proud parent. It’s so amazing how different each of the seedlings grow!

Basil

These ones came up late, but what they lacked in speed they made up in numbers! These guys are crowding each other out, and soon we’ll have to thin them out (which is sad because it means choosing who will stay and who will die :()…thankfully SOME are planted far enough apart that they will go on to new homes of friends and family!

Mint

I am SO rooting for mint. I have a recipe for some AMAZING tea that is passed down from my great (-great?) grandmother. It’s absolutely amazing and requires fresh mint leaves. So come on little buddies, pop up!

Oregano

These ones crack me up. They were the first to pop up, but they are also the scrawniest looking ones. They’re supposed to be, but it doesn’t mean they don’t look like they’re in a race to be tallest. One of the late-comers in the group (the tall one in the back) just gets taller and taller and taller, still with just two mini little leaves.

Rosemary

The shockers of the group! They’re still not technically supposed to come up until tomorrow, but they’re happily pushing their way up and are they fastest growing by far. We’re lucky. Apparently rosemary seeds are hard to grow from seed (with only 5% viability – only 5/100 seeds grow). So far we have five seedlings! And I’m being EXTRA careful not to water them too much. After reading some forums online, apparently the seedlings topple over and die if watered too much. So here’s hoping they survive!

This is also our only perennial herb. Once it gets more mature we’ll probably plant it in its own new planter so that it has room to grow and breathe (and hopefully last through the year!)

Funny side note about these: if you look at the first picture of rosemary, the one on the right has dirt clinging to its left leaf. This one (the first one to come up) also decided to come up with a mouthful of dirt (YUM!)

I feel like I’m blogging about a new child, and in some ways to us, they are. We wake up every morning and run over to check on them to see how they’re doing.

So the update for today?
Basil – we now have EIGHTEEN! (yes, you read that right) seedlings. We’ll have to thin them out some day, but not yet.

Oregano – still growing…11 seedlings

Mint – First day to arrive was yesterday, still nothing yet.

Rosemary – PRECOCIOUS! Not slotted to arrive until the 9th, we discovered one eager little seedling tonight!

 

P.S. I have some more time this weekend, so I’ll try working on reviewing either the Purex Brand-Spanking new fabric softener or the Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner (that I scored for 99 cents!)

As I was griping yesterday about our basil not popping up yesterday, the basil was working on proving me wrong! Last night when C came home we went over and checked the seedlings, and there they were, still bent over in the dirt, but definitely coming up! Here’s what they looked like tonight!

I’m so proud of them! (Is it weird to be proud of seedlings?)

I think one of the craziest things about planting seeds is taking this infinitely tiny seed and sticking it in dirt and suddenly up pops this plant that’s going to be food! God’s pretty amazing isn’t He? He put all the important information into one little speck of a thing that suddenly knows to do something when it’s in dirt. It just amazes me.

And the other exciting thing: we planted our Walla Walla sweet onions tonight! You have to start them early before planting them outside, so we have more little plants lining our window sills. We had to stop buying seeds that required early planting because we’re running out of window sills (that happens with only four single-wide windows). See?

Ten days and counting until these little beauties start popping up! (Walla Walla onions can grow up to 2lbs…did you know that?)

We’re so excited! Our oregano seedlings popped up their tender little heads this morning!

(Sorry, this really was the best picture I could get.)

Seven of these little guys decided to show up. C was so excited when he saw them this morning that he ran in to tell me 🙂 It’s the second day of possible germination for these guys – so they’re right on track!

The basil still hasn’t shown up (darn!) so we may have to replant them in a week or two.

And next on the list…mint (yay!) which could show up as early as Thursday! Fingers crossed!

P.S. in other exciting news…soon there will be a new and improved location for our blog (we bought our own domain 🙂 ), and I have the opportunity to review a new product from Purex which claims to be 92% natural.

Today’s the first possible day for germination of our little Basil seeds. So far nothing.

I’m a little worried that we haven’t provided them with enough warm light (of course the sun hasn’t wanted to cooperate…)

But here’s to hoping something pops it’s little green head up within the next few days!

This is What We're Waiting For

[image via Steward Community Woodland]

P.S. We just got Nellie’s Dryer Balls in the mail yesterday, and I’m testing them out today. I’ll have to get you a full run down once I can easily form my opinion 🙂