Don’t you love it when a piece of trash becomes a treasured item?
Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to realize that a plastic packaging box that formerly contained a cake brought along by a guest had potential greater than recycling. I found it again as I was looking for potting soil the other day, outside, in an makeshift cold frame we used last spring.
This piece was perfect as a miniature indoor “greenhouse ” for growing micro-greens.
Why is growing a winter garden so exciting to me? Well, you’d have to spend the winter on this part of Cape Breton to understand. Today was going to be a shopping day in Sydney, over an hour’s drive away. Certain supplies are getting low; particularly in the vegetable category we’re down to cabbage, carrots and onions. Right now we’re digging ourselves out from yesterday’s storm Nemo-turned-Nor’Eastern. No small feat. And it’s still snowing. We’re not going anywhere….so apart from sprouts that we grow, the idea of fresh salads made from our own mid-winter micro-greens certainly appeals.
So, this is what I did:
I used a micro-green mix. After sowing the seeds and moistening the soil, I placed the covered tray next to the wood stove for extra warmth–in the Great Room of Whiff’s Lodge, at Cabot Shores.
Within two days, some of the seeds began to sprouts – time to place the tray closer to the windows for daylight (though at night I move them back to the stove).
After 4 days, this is what they look like:
Nice and sturdy! The question is: Will they get enough light to grow beyond sprouts without becoming too spindly?
The experiment continues…check back for updates.
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