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Trying New Things!

May 29th, 2020 at 03:27 pm

It's a time of discovery. A time to create the new lives we want to live! Despite not being able to garden IN our postage size yard, I did meet my desire to plant some food this spring. I am growing, sweet peppers, basil and a patio tomato plant. I also stuck the end of celery in one of my pots to see what happens. I may not do it right, but I'm trying! I have grown tomatoes before, just not in a pot. The basil is growing fast and it's a bit hard to keep up. However, today I will make pesto. I used some of the basil in

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this dish and really liked it. My daughter who had never had eggplant before liked it as well.

At the beginning of the year I started sprouting broccoli sprouts on our counter in jars. So very easy!! In just a few days a tablespoon of seeds equals about 1.5 cups of sprouts. I make one batch about every ten days, putting them in my salads at lunch every day. Broccoli sprouts are very healthy for you!

I also started composting some of our food scraps in a bin after watching a woman do it on YouTube. This also might not work out, but we learn and try from doing things. I know I will improve. I already had gnats, but seem to have killed them with boiling water. I have been on the search for more 'brown' matter around to create a better balance in the compost.

I have a friend who started making her own kombucha a couple months ago. She doesn't live nearby so I have not tried it, but she is loving it! A little investment upfront, but will actually save her money in the long run and she says it tastes so much better than store bought. I may try this at some point as well. I might try fermenting my own sauerkraut next, or making sourdough starter. Or both! My daughter loves mushrooms so I'm considering buying her a grow kit for her birthday in July! Smile

Has anyone made something fermented? Did you start growing anything recently that you had never tried before? What new thing have you tried lately?

9 Responses to “Trying New Things!”

  1. Wink Says:

    I will be volunteering at a food distribution for people in need in my community tomorrow. This is something new for me. I'm really feeling the need to contribute something positive to society.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    @Wink, that's fabulous! We have done that many times and it is very humbling. You are a gift despite your actions!

  3. Fern Says:

    Nice post! I've found that celery puts out new green growth very quick if you put the stump in water. I have one now that I will try planting outside once it gets a decent amount of roots and top growth. That recipe sounds good. I really love eggplant pureed in the food processor with garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice and tahini for a yummy eggplant dip you have with crudité or pita bread. I have some old broccoli seeds that have to be at least 4 years old, and they sprouted very easily. In fact I planted 2 seedlings in my raised bed; they were already flowering. Don't know if they'll amount to anything but we'll see. I've been composting in one of those large plastic storage bins that I drilled a bunch of holes in (for air circulation) and have outside. Bunch of gnats in there too, but I think that's to be expected (though less desirable indoors).

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    @Fern, oh yes, I suppose I could actually grow full sized broccoli, too. My compost is outside, in a storage bin with drainage holes as well. I'm sure that gnats are probably hard to keep away. I think I've had that eggplant dip...there's a name for it I believe. I do see a couple leaves coming up on my celery. It's just fun to see things grow!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    I bought my DH mushroom kit last year for his birthday, and he loved it. I've got green onions in some water which I'm hoping will take off.
    I've made sauerkraut when I was young and foolish, but nothing fermented since then. I salute you for drinking kombucha. I've tried several kinds as samples, and no no not for me.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    MEC, that's good to know that the mushroom kit was a hit! I don't think I liked kombucha the first time I tried it. My friend said it tastes much better, primarily because of less carbonation, maybe none!

  7. mumof2 Says:

    CC you can just put the bottom of the celery straight into soil and it will grow in no time..we found that it grows fast but also goes to seed fast

    We are growing gooseberries this year, found a plant in our nursery so thought would try it..we don't get them over here...although it says that it will grow 60cm but ours is over 2 metres tall...they are almost just need to look up what do with them...also grew some candy cane bell peppers this year

  8. creditcardfree Says:

    mumof2, yes I did put it straight into soil in the pot which has my tomato plant. It's already sprouting slightly above the soil. Good to know to watch it before it goes to seed. It's pretty hot here already, so I'm sure it will happen fast.

    I haven't heard of gooseberries since I was a child. I think my great step aunt had them on her farm. I hope you do find a use for them.

  9. beawealthywarrior Says:

    Getting back to my smoothies Smile!

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