Posts Tagged With: broccoli

Things are moving right along

Well, time seems to be just speeding away from me it feels like. Once again pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t been much more than a week since I last posted for you all.  I’ve been doing some yard work for the past two days, mowing the grass and digging up dandelions~ Some really big ones too! I did think about making an Alraun (as per Ms. Sarah Lawless’ post over here ) But I have this lovely habit of not doing things I’m even slightly scared of and an Alraun would be one of those things, so I decided against it and simply went along thanking them and leaving offerings as I took them home to make a dandelion tincture. I sliced everything very very small, and it took so long my grandmother checked on me four times! I labeled the jar, and have been shaking it up every day since. I’ll check on it in a couple weeks or so and we’ll go from there~

I don’t know if I mentioned it before or not but fairly recently I also started an orange oil infusion. Jars of pretty things to be shaken daily~ haha. (And if you can’t tell from my gratuitous use of the tilde key, I’m quite excited!)

Though there is a bit of sadness, the broccoli seeds I planted either died, were eaten, or were duds. In any case, as my brother told me, if they haven’t sprouted by now, they aren’t going to.  But, I had many more seeds where that came from and so with a new technique my brother told me, I’ve already got about 5 seeds barely breaking out of their shells.

This technique is one I’m sure most of you garden aficionados know of. Starting the seeds in paper towels.  My bro told me basically take about 3 paper towels, in a bow, soak it enough to where there’s just a tiny bit of water on top of the towel, place the seeds and take about 5 layers of paper towel on top of it, and cover the whole bowl with saran wrap and place in a sunny window.  Works like a charm! but as  we’re already in april now, I’m gonna have to get a few more grow-bowls goin’. So much to do so little time it feels like haha.

So how has your week been? Any garden adventures? Interesting crafts? Questions? Suggestions?
Leave a comment below!

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Snow, and the need to know your Zone

Well, we got roughly 7 inches of snow yesterday. Yep. You can no longer see the grass haha. So, I talked to some people, my brother included, and recently learned what hardiness zone I’m dealing with here in Wisconsin. Well… I’m hearing conflicting things here, but I’m either zone 1 or 4b or 5a… Either way it’s a shorter growing season than other places. I also found out that the other blogs and people I’ve been hearing from who are getting their gardens underway are… much further south than I haha. But I’ve received some good advice concerning when to start my plants. (Including a suggestion on a type of tomato to grow to get big ones). Some plants I might just grow inside anyways, though I dunno yet.
For those curious, here’s what I plan on growing this year (in addition to helping with what my gma wants, and maybe helping my cousins.):

Broccoli (Calabrese green sprouting)
Beets (detroit dark red)
Parsley
Sweet Basil
Carrots (nantes coreless)
Green onions
and lastly,
Beefsteak tomatoes (Although maybe a smaller variety might be wiser… not sure yet.)

I have all the seeds but the ones for the tomatoes, so I’m still waffling on the variety of tomato to get. I’ve never grown anything before (as stated in my last post on the subject). So if anyone has any tomato-specific advice on an easy-to-grow variety (But not cherry tomatoes mind you.) then go ahead and leave a comment to let me know! Though looking outside it seems like it’ll be a while before I need to make that final decision haha.

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