Planting sprouts and herbs

Last week we started a little garden for our balcony.

Kid is delicately preparing the roots for transplant.

planting basil

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Next he is planting broccoli seeds to grow micro greens.

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This is only a few days after planting the broccoli. They grew so fast! We should have a salad of micro greens within a few days. We will update with pictures when they grow a little more.

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This next picture is harvesting sunflower sprouts. This bowl is the 5th one we have harvested from this tray!

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The citrus tree from the compost

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About a year ago, Kid rescued a sprout from the compost. He put it in soil and decided he would take care of it. When he forgot to water it, it withered and dried, and when he forgot to put it in the sun, it turned yellow.

Luckily it has lived through Kid’s lessons in responsibility. These days he diligently makes sure it’s needs are met. Recently he has discovered another sprout in the compost. Now we have two citrus trees.

Homeschooling lesson for me: Gardening is easy and shockingly abundant.

The boys took an interest in gardening last summer and I forgot I had these pictures until now.

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They grew potatoes, spinach, lettuce, calendula, carrots, pumpkins, watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, hot peppers, and popping corn.

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Combined with some afternoon fishing, our food bill became almost obsolete. The boys then took an interest in cooking gourmet meals and ate their dinners slowly, savouring every bite.

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It felt so good to know exactly where our food came from, and that it was truly organic. The taste was the best I have ever had. Was it the quality or the intention put into it? In the past, I was too intimidated to grow a garden myself, but when I saw how the boys harvested such a beautiful bounty, so easily, I will never go without a garden again. It was fun, educational, and paid back their efforts in a priceless way. We had so much food that we were giving it away in baskets. We canned over 50 big jars of tomato sauce, collected more than 300 lbs of potatoes.. not to mention drying, freezing and processing all of the other abundant vegetables that we are still eating now in the middle of winter.

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Home grown popcorn

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Last summer, Kid put a popcorn plant in Boy’s garden. He got 6 cobs from one plant! Recently, he finally got around to taking the kernels off, and made popcorn and it worked! It made him so happy. He put on a movie and enjoyed every bite. I was surprised with how much popcorn he got from one plant. Three little cobs made a big bowl of popped kernels, and we still have three left.

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