growing and growing

The baby’s are growing up – the baby plants that is…the basil is becoming so incredibly fragrant (and big), the tomato plants have that wonderful green tomato smell which reminds me so much of summer, the parsley leaves are a good inch across, the sunflowers are getting taller, the marigolds are growing steadily, cilantro is just starting to take off and the cucumber seeds were just planted yesterday…Outside things are really taking off too – not at all like indoors, but seedlings are finally beginning to appear (I was beginning to worry…) the swiss chard is just popping it’s crimson head through the soil, the kale seedlings each have two leaves, the lettuce is really beginning to look like lettuce allowing me to know for sure, they aren’t just weeds growing, the beets are also pushing through…oh I love beets – homegrown roasted beet, goat cheese and walnut salad – YUM!

OK, I love most vegetables – roasted fennel, green beans slightly steamed and then topped with lemon butter (fennel + green beans planted when warmer), swiss chard sauteed with caramelized onions topped with ricotta on puff pastry, kale and potato soup, spinach with nearly everything, freshly picked corn on the cob, vine ripened fresh from the garden (not the stuff trucked across America) tomatoes sliced and sprinkled with just a bit of sea salt – WOW – or even better – the classic, thickly sliced just picked tomato topped with thinly sliced fresh mozzarella (not the shredded stuff) and then ribbons of basil tossed on top with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil – divine – this is why I grow vegetables – it’s a labor of love – plant seeds, tend them, eat, be happy.

Baby basil then…

Baby basil now…

I use recycled cardboard egg cartons topped with plastic wrap (I re-use plastic wrap for additional plantings) to start the seedlings, then I transplant into plastic pots which I picked up at my local transfer station for free – recycling at its best. Even the plastic boxes holding all the individual boxes were recycled, as were the wooden crates I use to house other fledgling plants until the are ready to move outdoors…

I thoroughly wash each pot after each season and store away to use for the next season…even my garden shovel, wheelbarrow, hose and nozzle, the gate to the entrance of my garden and the posts on either side and some of my fencing have been free via my local swap shop…if you buy potted plants, give the plastic pots to someone who grows their own or try and re-use them yourself or ask the garden center when you purchase, if they recycle pots…get creative.

6 thoughts on “growing and growing

    • thank you – yes, spring is glorious and summer isn’t summer without basil, I agree!
      I keep thinking, pesto, pesto, pesto…

  1. Wow! Everything is coming along so beautifully. Im envious of your baby basil plants, they look so strong and healthy 🙂 cant wait till my few seedlings are worthy of photographic blog love 🙂

    • Thank you Tricia! This year I’ve been lucky with my basil, past years have been disappointments, so keep trying! I look forward to seeing your baby plants…
      Each flat (I have two) of basil I’ve kept in the same two window sills (contrary to what I’ve done with my other plantings) – both windows have the best all day sun so they get lots of light. I’ve also rotated each flat of basil each night…so when daylight comes around again, they have to ‘stretch’ in the opposite direction than they did the day before…maybe helpful? As someone once told me, ‘seeds want to grow, keep trying…’

  2. Yes, growing from seed IS a labor of love, and seems you are full of love! How awesome. The basil looks stunningly delicious…..I can almost smell it just looking at the photos.
    Keep loving them into their wholeness!

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