Tuesday, May 01, 2007

starts and sprouts

The world outside is crazy, but in our backyard things are just right. The veggies in our garden are growing wildly. We've had greens, lettuce and radishes from the garden at most of our meals lately, and tonight the deliveries from our CSA begin. Ah, nature. Even when she's unpredictable, she's so very predictable. The sun rises again, every morning.


I started some pumpkin and melon seeds over the weekend. I wanted to start them in those little compressed cardboard cups, but didn't have any and didn't feel like spending any money, so I made some biodegradeable seed starters out of newspaper instead. I just wrapped a sheet of newspaper around a yogurt cup, trimmed, pulled out the yogurt cup and folded down the top edge - voila! I think they're kind of cool looking. Once the seedlings are ready we'll plant them directly into the garden beds in their newspaper nurseries.

Here's another start from the weekend:


If you can guess what it's going to be, I'll give you some sort of prize. But I bet you can't guess, so it will be a surprise for a Free Pattern Friday some time in May. It's so much fun that I just had to make it a secret. Things are always more fun with an air of mystery around them, don't you think?

And now, at the end of another stressful, unpredictable, roller-coaster day in the salt mines, it's time to go home and pick little green caterpillars off the broccoli plants and say hello to the baby nasturtiums. Thank heavens for green things growing!

lettuce seedlings


  1. 80's style leg warmers!

  2. Our garden is rockin' along as well...gosh, I love this time of year.

  3. mmmm...pumpkin seeds. it's my dream to have a pumpkin patch one day! hope all is well with you.

  4. FANTASTIC idea on the newspaper planting pots! Brilliant! Way to be green - I'm going to follow your lead this very weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I'm guessing some sort of stuffed animal. A cat?

    You are very smart coming up with the newpaper pouches for your seedlings!

  6. so much comfort to be found in the garden. is there a more satisfying feeling than eating something you've just picked? i love it.
    and very impressed with your eco-friendly seed starters!
    the knitting... hmmm... something with a tentacle or 2, i think :)

  7. Your photos are really great to look at - and I'm glad that spring is gracing your garden!

    I'm goingt to guess a hat with tubular ties on each side. :)

  8. Oh, you are motivating me to get to this year's gardening- thanks for this post! It's been on my mind for a while, just haven't come around to taking action. I love you newspaper seedling cups! May need to borrow that idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. hee hee
    i love
    the imagery
    of you
    i hope
    i get to see
    garden this

  10. Love fresh picked veggies!

    A uterus?

  11. I want to guess and say it's a glove but the needles look a little big.

    I can't wait to see how the melons progress. I've always wondered how they grow.

  12. The newspaper pots - so smart and so.. obvious. For all the seed starting pots that don't work or don't recycle, these are easy and brilliant!


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