Food

6 tips on how to grow leeks from seeds

April 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

  A few months ago, I started growing green onions from kitchen scrap. It was so successful that I decided to explore the world of leeks. I also replanted a leek from a kitchen scrap, but at about 5$ a piece I decided to plant leeks from seeds.  It turns out my seeded leeks aren’t doing so great, so once again I turned to the Internet for some insights on how to grow leeks. Here’s what I found out: Leeks do better in the cold, but can grow in about any climate. They prefer sunny spots and need fertile soil along with plenty of water to thrive. (I should fertilize more…) Seedlings must be “hardened off” before being planted outdoors (here’s my misstep). Leeks can be planted 6-inch apart and can be used to fill-in empty spots in the garden. They should be grown in trenches and filled with soil as they grow – called “blanching the stem” (or simply filled with soil, creating mounts around them for the lazy gardener). Harvest as soon as they’re ready to ensure great taste.   Ressources: http://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Leeks http://www.garden.org/plantguide/?q=show&id=3325 http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/propagation/growingleeksfromseed http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingleeks1.shtml http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-leeks-zw0z13112zsto.aspx#axzz2zLpu5l4u  

How to make your own cereals

April 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

My son recently started eating finger foods exclusively.  We’re done with the purees, Yay! Ever since I’ve been looking for a cheerios-like cereal, something that is great for tiny little fingers and nutritious without the added high-fructose corn syrup and chemicals.  Even though General Mills said they stopped using GMO’s in their famous cereals, I still don’t trust the brand.  And while there are now a few alternatives in organic cereals, I found out most of these brands are sub-brands of the giant General Mills. I personally distrust any company who opposed Prop 37 and General Mills was on the top 15 funders (along with Monsanto, Kelloggs and Coca-Cola) with a meager 1,135,300$. What have you got to hide, Mr. General Mills? Because I really really REALLY don’t want to encourage them I’ve decided to make my own cereals. The first thing I did was Google “how to make your own cereals”, because really, who knows what goes into this breakfast staple?  I finally found a few recipes that were helpful. Here they are: This is where I got my inspiration for the recipe. I decided to add applesauce and got that idea from here. This link seems great but the intense labor made me squirt. Since there wasn’t one perfect recipe you will find my own recipe below. It turns out it doesn’t taste like Cheerios at all!  They taste more like a crispy muffin top, which I am […]

How to grow cucumbers

April 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I just love gardening.  It is so rewarding. As I heard so many times: Planting a garden is like printing your own money.  Two years ago I did plant a garden, but my cucumber plant only yielded a few cucumbers.  My fault, as I didn’t know it was best to stake them, and either watered them too much or too little (probably the latter). This year, I’m taking over growing these again, and since I don’t want to repeat my mistakes I’ve decided to dig up some information about growing cucumbers. I decided to plant these cucumbers.   Here’s a summary of the information I found helpful: You can grow them in container (although mine are in the garden) They do better in full sun It’s a good idea to grow a few plants to ensure cross pollination They do better with  stakes (at least the vining variety) The soil should be moist most of the time to ensure sweet cucumbers and a great yield The type I planted (Organic Double Yield Cucumber) is better picked around 4-5 inches long They should be picked when ready to ensure a bountiful yield   Here are great links if you want to learn more about cucumbers: How to grow cucumber: this link is full of relevant information, and really get through the whole process, from definition to types of cucumbers to […]

Update on radish leaves plus recipe

April 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last Sunday I decided to use up all those radish leaves that were in my garden. Inspired by the Internet and this recipe, I cooked us something from the garden. Below is the recipe.   Radish leaves are edible and taste very fresh.  Their taste is somewhat bitter so if you are not a fan of that I suggest you substitute 1/2 radish leaves for 1/2 basil leaves, or add a tablespoon of something sweet such as maple syrup or honey to cover the bitterness.   Overall, I’m glad I tried a recipe with radish leaves.  Now they won’t get tossed out; they’ll be used to make great pasta dishes!      

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