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Can we eat these Sprouts? 
Mar. 9, 2012 5:49 am 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012 9:16 am
I could just imagine this coming from an inquisitive 6 year old (if I had one around, I don't though thankfully) pointing a menacing, chubby little finger at the delicate stems of my peppers and tomatoes.... Heck no! I would reply, these sprouts are not for turning into a stir fry for dinner! they are the sprouts of yummy goodness that is to come this summer! 

I now have an abundance of little green shoots that are almost 4" high in various little pots crammed onto the ledge in my living room window (think high-density, low-rise town homes) and they are thriving with relatively little attention.

Thank goodness I don't need to babysit them all day, like my kids when they were younger...I can still hear the 'HE HIT ME' or 'SHE'S HOGGING THE TV' in my head that makes me want to run for the bathroom, lock the door and enjoy a much needed Calgon moment.  Instead, they hang around in their peat pots soaking up the warming rays of the sun and all I need to do is occasionally rotate them so they don't become the leaning tower(s) of Pisa when they should be like the CN Tower or the Space Needle.

Most of the hard work in raising vegetables and flowers from seeds comes in the beginning when you have a million little peat pots, seed packets, bags of seed starting soil mix and popsicle sticks spread out on the kitchen table (if I had a potting shed, I would utilize it, alas, the kitchen table will have to do), filling peat pots and then painstakingly inserting 2-3 itsy-bitsy-teeny-tiny seeds (after you put your glasses on) per pot being careful not to tip over the opened seed packets and sending them skittering all over the table only to be hopelessly mixed with others and then you end up tossing whatever seeds into whatever pot and hope for a tossed salad ( idea there!)....but I managed not to knock over any, so all is right with world...for now...

Keeping the soil 'moist but not soggy' while the seeds germinate is truly an exercise in self-control though.  I have already drowned some habanero seeds and am now on to batch # 2, let's see if I can do better this time.  Meanwhile, everyone else in my miniature plant world is coming along fine.  The tomatoes are growing the fastest, they already have their 3rd set of leaves unfurling with the Poblano peppers not that far behind. 

The Cilantro and Parsley are doing so well that if I wanted some 'micro sprouts' (culinary term I keep hearing on Iron Chef) I could use them as garnishes for my...ahem...lavish meals ~ hahahaha!  But I will wait for them to get bigger, no sense in mowing them down too soon.  My chives though are being quite shy and have not poked one teensy stem forth yet and I am worried I may have drowned them too....but on the positive side, my Iceland Poppies have popped out all over so that at least has made me happy. 

I can't wait to get these little guys into the garden...but I still have some 6-8 weeks to go before they can safely be planted without fear of a Canadian Spring Frost coming along to numb their little roots (hmm...maybe I can knit little scarves for them??) 
Until then, keep your thumb green and don't let those little dudes dry out!

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Mar. 9, 2012 7:01 am
Gitano-loved your blog. It made me chuckle, as I could just see my 3 year old granddaughter wanting to touch all the plants. I would love to have your starter plants. Canada is like Colorado- you always need to be aware of the Spring Frost destroying all the little plants.
Mar. 9, 2012 2:11 pm
I've got to get out now and stick some plants in the ground! We might still have some cold weather, but not the 6-8 weeks like you do!
Mar. 9, 2012 7:55 pm
I'm ready for spring gardening too, but weather is very deceiving. Supposed to be in the 70's here in Illinois this coming week, when typically we should have snow. Last year I was still wearing long sleeves in mid-May. Sheesh! Good luck with your "sprouts"!
Mar. 9, 2012 9:01 pm
Inspiring Gitano, I'm so ready for Spring. It's been nice here the last couple of days.... but that's mother nature messing with us. Next week, it's supposed to be cold and rainy again. Still, it IS time to get the seeds going. Thanks for encouraging me to get started.
Mar. 10, 2012 4:51 am
Loved the blog! My sprouts are hunkered down in a mini indoor greenhouse. So far we're not doing too bad, not as big as yours yet. I did notice a couple of strays mixed in the tomatoes. No clue how that happened, I swear I didn't have any skittering seeds :)
Mar. 10, 2012 9:05 am
Chica, so glad your sprouts are growing for you. I have tomatoes, celery, peppers and tomatillos (thanks to a greatn eastern friend;)) sprouting. Also some flowers are showing a mass carpet of green. This year I am trying to start some more hollihocks and I started some sprouts in the dark to eat on some pita sandwiches. My south facing windows are starting to get cluttered and will soon move in the portable green house to set in front of the patio windows. We are having some great weather 8-10 degrees C and loving the melting. RNGrampa still wants to ski doo, but I am ready for spring. He plowed our latest snowfall onto the garden to clear off the yard and add moisture to my drying garden. Hope all is well in your world, my world is getting better by the day:)
Mar. 11, 2012 8:16 am
Hi Lela! Thanks for stopping in, and yes, I imagine your granddaughter would just LOVE to help you out with your gardening efforts! and now is the perfect time to get her interested in it too as it helps develop a sense of self-accomplishment and that she can do anything she sets her mind to! :)
Mar. 11, 2012 8:17 am
Sueb ~ yes, we still can still get snow in late April/early May, so mustn't tempt fate! Mind you, this winter has been SO very weird for us here, hardly any snow to speak of, if we have had any, the temps climb the next day and it all melts! I shall not complain though! :) Happy Gardening this summer!
Mar. 11, 2012 8:18 am
Morning MB! Thanks for chiming in - and yes, the weather in Illinois sounds as cooky as here in Ontario this winter! :) All the best for a great gardening season!
Mar. 11, 2012 8:18 am
Candice ~ get off yer butt and get going! before you know it, you will be harvesting your yummy goodness too! :)
Mar. 11, 2012 8:19 am
Cat Hill ~ I know what you mean about the strays, I now have one stray in a pot with a tomato plant and I don't know what it is...will have to wait and see what comes of it! :) Thanks for popping in! :D
Mar. 11, 2012 8:25 am
RNG ~ There is my little Canuck comrade from the west! Where the heck have you been??!! I have certainly missed your wit and wisdom around here! :) Glad you got your seeds started too - I know how much you love your garden! and cool on the hollyhocks, they are beautiful TALL flowers! perfect for your climate too! Weather has been so wonky here, today is 15C, Friday was -2C...CRAZY!!! Yesterday we went to check on the cabin and it was -11C up there and about a foot of snow, but a lot has melted since our last visit a few weeks ago, this week we are to see double digits everyday and the cardinals are singing away outside, so spring MUST be here! Tell RNGrandpa to put away the ski-doo and break out the summer fishing gear and get the boat & motor in top shape for pickerel fishing season :) I can not WAIT for that! It is also good to hear things are going well in Redneck-Land, hopefully the negative rumblings I have heard lately have subsided and/or are CORRECTED! :) xoxo
Mar. 12, 2012 9:16 am
LOL, in a perfect world RNGrampa would fish in the morning, ski doo all afternoon, and have a night sit hunt, all while snacking on a cinnamon bun, with his darling wife by his side;D
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