Borage, Purslane Update and Some Surprises…

and other gardening stuffs. Unfortunately, my borage and verdolaga (purslane) never grew past the stages I last posted in this post . green sad I don’t know why. I read that, particularly, purslane — isn’t “purslane” a whimsical-sounding word? I love it; reminds me of care-free times, almost childlike — is so easy to grow that it becomes hard to control. And, of course, it’s often pursued by gardeners who consider it an invasive weed! Hmph! green mad bigThe nerve of that verdolaga! Anyway, I’m very disappointed, to say the least. BUT! In keeping with my NY resolution to NOT COMPLAIN, I have to focus on the positive — and there’s a-plenty! I purchased some cruciferous seeds for a friend in another country, and, I guess, I accidentally forgot to pack one of them. I found the package for collards couple weeks ago lodged into the cushion on a chair! I figured it may be too late to grow, or something, so, haphazardly, sprinkled a ton onto some soil — didn’t even plant according to the directions or cover properly — and simply tossed some soil from the perimeter of the pot, lightly over some of the seeds. They grew!!! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting So cool! Funny. But doesn’t it happen that way often? One takes care to do things perfectly and, nothing; do it without stress or worry and, voila! I wonder if it’s the negativity thing…you know, the stress involved when over-thinking, fussing and worrying too much over something which is best just done simply. Could be. I do happen to believe in “vibes.” I get vibes from people and other non-human animals, why not plants? Makes sense…we talk to plants, don’t we? By the way, this reminds me: I purchased, “The Secret Life of Plants,” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, which I haven’t gotten to yet! Must read it. I have always felt — what’s the word I’m looking for? — connection (?) around trees (especially as a child), have always adored plants, too; and I’ve always felt there was some sort of sentience to them — at least more than is given credit…Purely an innate, organic feeling, of course; I have no “knowledge” of such things — though personal anectodal experience… However, I’m looking forward to the book; perhaps, answers lie within! So, the collards have been growing like mad! And guess what? Now I have collard microgreens! I thinned them ’cause that’s what I’ve read (somewhere) is supposed to be done, right? Hopefully, the strongest will survive! I have no idea; potting may not even be ideal for collards…Talk about a novice gardener! So, anyway, I plucked a TON of little microgreens and am looking forward to them in my salad tonight! Whoo Hoo! (I forgot to get a picture :(. If I remember, I’ll post a picture of the microgreens I pulled, all cleaned and ready for my dinner). The pots were just full of them. It hurt to pluck them out, lol. OH, and speaking of salad, I had my buckwheat lettuce/sprouts last night!! OH MY MMMMMMMMMMMMMMomma! SOoooooooooo good. These are definitely going to be regulars! Honestly, I can’t believe how simple growing these greens and sprouts is…Here are the seeds I got from the market Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting I did them with my cheesecloth method, just hoping it’d work! Had no clue, but was willing to try and…

The Buckwheat’s first sprouts 😀 : Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Closeup: Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

By the way, these were done entirely indoors. I followed SproutPeople’s, Buckwheat Lettuce instructions; apparently, they need soil! Or a similar medium for growing. Since I’m not too keen on dealing with soil indoors, I’m going to be getting both vermiculite and the baby blanket — yes, I’m SO sold on sprouting my own food! I have no real garden space, but, how can I resist growing my own food?! I can grow tons of greens this way. I just have to get organized with scheduling, and so forth, so I have a steady stream of greens all the time. As I mentioned in my other post, I am through with the “…when I…” type of thinking — “When I get my perfect house with my perfect garden space…” Why wait? Do it now! And I am :D. Anyway, I just used some soil I had. Only a little bit was needed, which was great! Okay, Day 5: Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting And this is last night! I think, Day 7 :D: Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting DE-licious!!!!!!! Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Next up, the powerhouse of nutrition: BROCCOLI SPROUTS. Did the old jar method: Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting SUCCESS!!! Ready to eat and just GORGEOUS, besides being the BESTest Sprouts I’ve EVER had 😉 Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Seriously, these were the most delicious sprouts I’ve had. (I’m perfectly willing to accept that it’s so, merely because I grew them :D) Actually, so far I can only speak for the broccoli because the buckwheat sprouts are something I have not knowingly eaten. I may have in a mixture of sprouts or a salad, but never alone to actually get the flavor, which is a mild and tastes like a lettuce. The collards, I’ll have to report back, since I’ve not knowingly eaten those either. Here is a quote about just how incredible Broccoli sprouts are: “New Research Finds High Levels Of Anti-Cancer Compounds in Broccoli Sprouts. Amazingly after 3 days sprouting, the compound Sulforaphane is between 10-100 times more concentrated in sprouting seed than in the mature vegetable – and it s a powerful blocking agent against cancer. Broccoli sprouts also contain Sinigrin which persuades the pre-cancerous cells to commit suicide. It is believed it has so powerful an effect that the occasional meal of young broccoli sprouts may destroy cancerous cells in the colon…” And that’s NOT hyperbole! Okay, back to my sprouting — the grains sprouting I’ve done in the past was very cool, but never this exciting! I guess because I never greened any of them. I would sprout them and dry them, or make rejuvelac (which i love and will make soon; it’s fabulous for digestion–and cheap! Will get a post about it…eventually). _Pox Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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2 Comments

  1. July 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    […] flax and chia, is in or on terra cotta/clay pots (like chia pets!) More on clay later.  Too bad the buckwheat sprouts I grew (SO incredibly delicious! Gotta have ‘em — Gotta.) in soil can’t be grown in a […]

  2. July 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    […] purslane (a.k.a. verdolaga and “a weed”!) is very nutritious; however, for some reason, it didn’t grow […]


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