Thursday, 17 March 2016

Couple of links and pics

Not yet time for me to roll up my sleeves and get back to it (what with there still being glaciers out there and all).

I did start some seeds in the window sill .. click 'read more' for seedling porn

I don't generally spend a lot of money on accoutrements, as you'll see.

Salad clam on the left, egg cartons in a tinfoil baking tin on the right.

Nor am I shelling out for fancy seeds. These, above, are from the dollar store. Yes, really.

One dollar's worth (Canadian!) of cosmos flowers - so far 15 of them. I doubt they will all make it, but still, a good deal considering they're $5.99 for a flat of half a dozen at the nursery.

New born tomatoes! One egg carton of cherry tomatoes, the other is regular ol' tomatoes, open pollinated so I can save seeds of my own next year. Cost? 66 cents. Ha!

Aw .. too cute! The colour is off, they're greener than this. To prevent "damping off", I'll make a tea of chamomile and give them a spritz. Fingers crossed that it works.

Thing about seeds is, I don't give a hoot if they're organic or not. Once they're in my garden, they're as close as they can get. I'm highly suspicious of the "organic" label these days anyway.

Now here is a nice little read by Jesse Wolf Hardin over at Kiva Rose's site on how and why herbalism is not for everyone.

And because I don't think it gets near the attention it should, a piece by the wonderful jim mcdonald on burdock to whet your appetite. Oh, and looky, he's done a video on it too.


  1. After watching a few YouTube videos on how to start plants from seeds, decided to try it for the first time in my life. I used an egg carton and a barbecue chicken container with lid. Not sure if I have done this right, but the plastic container with the lid has moisture built in it which is supposed to act like greenhouse. I cut top portion of the egg carton and taped a sandwich bag on it. No moisture is built in it. Not sure what I am missing. Could you share some of your experience?

    1. I'm not sure I can picture what you're describing. This is two separate things or is the egg carton with sandwich bag inside the chicken container?

    2. Two separate pieces. The chicken container is plastic with a plastic lid. I punched holes under it, moistened the soil before putting seeds in and closed the lid. In front of a sunny window, it got moisture built up inside the lid.
      The other one is an egg container. I taped a piece of clear plastic on its lid. No moisture built inside.

    3. Okay, I 'see' it now. You just need to keep your egg carton moist, it's drying out in the sun. Put it on a tray of some kind and water either by moistening it with a spray bottle (directly onto the egg carton cardboard) or by pouring a little water into the tray, and the carton will soak it up.

      Watch for signs of mold. A weak solution of chamomile tea in a spray will clear that up if you get any.

    4. Thank you. I will keep you posted when seedlings poke out to say 'hi'.