Friday, May 24, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
Thursday, May 09, 2019
|Picture by user Daderot on Wikimedia Commons|
There was no way to find out if it is hardy enough for our climate. It is sold as a perennial here in Germany, so it should resist some frost. While here it is sold as an ornamental plant, it is a food plant in the region it comes from, the Caucasus, and therefore I will use it as such. The seeds will go into the soil the coming week-end. Having 10 of it, I will put them in three small pots and then we will see ...
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
|Lollo Rosso and some pea shoots I also use |
for salad in this case on my balcony.
Well, we can do something that
• provides us with natural and healthy food,
• makes us carry less stuff home,
• lets us save money which in turn we may spend for better choices.
Gardening - and up to a certain extent, one can do this also inside - even in the smallest apartment.
To start off, you need just a container with holes in the bottom, some soil, some seeds and water. I would suggest to start off with radishes and salad. When I started many years ago, I buyed some seedlings of salad and grew them on my balcony. I still do this today, even though I do have a small garden - sometimes I buy seedlings, sometimes I use own seeds. If you wish to start with seeds, I suggest to start with radishes, because they sprout fast, which is more satisfying for a beginner.
I nowadays mainly get presents that deal with gardening, so this can be a suggestions for your family, but make sure to exactly tell them, what you are searching for. The best way is a “to-buy-list” on the fridge or somewhere everyone can have a glance :-)
But now let’s take a look at where you avoid plastics:
Salad in 99% of the cases is sold in plastic bags. Rucola and similar small leaves are sold in trays or bags (of plastic). By growing your own salad (I will post articles about single types), let’s suppose you need salad for one meal a week, just to have any number, you will avoid 52 bags plus having a higher amount of nutrients in your food, because you harvest when you eat.
Many other examples of food that is easy to grow is to come … start one step at a time and you will love what you eat and feel good, because you definitely “ARE PART OF THE CHANGE”.
The German version of this blog has been posted on Plastik sparen. License: CC-BY-NC-ND
Monday, May 06, 2019
The seeds of this so called tree spinach distribute all over the place. When the plants start to grow I thin them out and, depending from what I am cooking, I use the little plants in salad, stews, soups and when I don't use them right away, I dehydrate them and afterwards put them in my blender to cut them into small pieces. Once done I mainly use the dried parts together with other dehydrated greens in soups or stews.
When I pick them, I choose those that are a bit bigger and I go through my garden beds once a week to harvest.
Lamb's quarters is a close relative to magenta spreen.
Time ago I found a video where someone was substituting part of the wheat flour with magenta spreen flour and made bread ... not sure if I like this, because the green bred looked a bit weird.
Be aware: once you have it in your garden and let it go to seeds, you won't be able to get rid of it again. The seeds survive in the soil more than one year and come up spontaneously, when they feel like doing it.
Saturday, May 04, 2019
Many of us preserve seeds and we always preserve too much. Other people need them due to various reasons, may it be that they are starting their garden, may it be that they were flooded or whatever situation came along.
Up to now I also buy part of my seeds, because I am still building up my garden, now I am going to get 5 varieties of pole beans and 5 of bush beans that were grown in over 700 m and therefore support some more cold weather than the usual beans.
Wouldn't it make sense to have seed banks maintained in many places all over the world where one can apply to receive seeds just paying the postage or even receiving them for free, when there is someone who would pay for the postage? Wouldn't this be a way where people simply start to co-operate and create real-life networks? Wouldn't this be a further step for many to assure self-sufficiency?
One of the big examples for me is Navdanya by Vandada Shiva. She has done great work so far. The only thing I would change is: I would not collect seeds in a central place, because central places generally are more vulnerable. It's like with distributed computing: storing in many places is safer and much cheaper.
Photo from pixabay.
Friday, May 03, 2019
* I harvested some lemonbalm that started to overgrow my seedlings
* Parsley got sawn in place
* Dill was sawn in place
* Spinach was sawn in place
* I covered up the places where my cat messed around with the soil (in the garden beds)
And then, here you go with a rare picture for the month of may: my daffodils are flowering now and not like usually around the second week of April.
Well, indeed these are cold times ... some frost is to come along and the three tomato plants (bought ones - the seedlings are not even out) and a cucumber plant I received as birthday present are cuddled so that they stay warmer. The tomatos will be covered completely during the night. They should well make it.
- one hokkaido
- one huge leek which I bought as being "not so nice anymore"
- one tomato
- one carrot
- sunflower oil
First I added some oil into my pot and then added the leek after having cut it in small pieces.
Then I added the hokkaido cut into small pieces.
Please do never throw away the seeds of squash ... I will show you in nother blog, what you can do with them.
Then I cut the tomato and the carrot into small pieces.
And added them in my pot.
I just kept stir-frying all for a couple of minutes.
Then I added salt. A tablespoon full of salt I would say.
And a teaspoon of chilie.
I mixed it well and had everything stir-fry some more.
Since my family loves creamy stews, I added three tablespoons of flour.
And again I went on stirring ... and frying :-)
As next step I added aprroximately 1,5 litres of water and let the vegetables boil until they are almost fine to eat.
That's the moment, when my Italian years come throug ... I added approximately 300 grams of noodles (also spaghetti broken into small pieces are fine). And let everything cook until the noodles are how you prefer them (mine are always rather al dente ...).
Well, and here you go ... that's what it looks like just before eating. I just sprinkled some dried parsley on top. Btw. I always get parsley from a neighbour, since it simply doesn't like my garden ... it won't grow.
P.S.: And yes, this is a one pot meal - I truly love to cook things in just "one pot" :-)
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
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