December 31, 2012
Sprouts are amazing super foods that are easy, nutritious and inexpensive food. Seeds have phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins.
Containers for sprouting:
Buy special containers specifically for sprouting or use a mason glass jar, clay pot or towel. Demulcent seeds like chia and flax seeds are better suited to a flat towel or sprouting tray.
Seeds ~ like Mung beans are easy to sprout
Optional: hydrogen peroxide food grade for cleaning and to speed up sprouting with less mold. Spray on towels for towel sprouting method.
Soak seeds in water – 4-12 hours or overnight depending on seed type. Sometimes I put in 1/4 cup to a cup of hydrogen peroxide in 3% dilution to speed up sprouting and to reduce mold, or 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon full strength H202 (hydrogen peroxide) to a pint (2 cups) of water for soaking. I also wash and sterilize everything in food grade 3% hydrogen peroxide which is water and oxygen.
Drain and prop jars in a bowl tilted on its side to drain the water. Use room temperature water with 3% hydrogen peroxide sprayed in to daily rinse, and place in a dark place, or put a paper bag or tea towel over the jars. Rinse seeds twice a day and spray some hydrogen peroxide in the water to cut down on mold or rotting, and to increase sprouting. You don’t have to use hydrogen peroxide but it is a good idea in hot weather. Sprouts are ready to eat in about 2-4 days. Enjoy!
September 29, 2012
Wildflower Power Movement: Making wildflower mud seeds ‘bombs’
As a response to cities ripping out wild gardens that people have planted for growing food and a sense of community, make some wildflower mud bombs to seed cities and other areas with wild flowers and plants. Looking down on the earth from a plane in the sky, square green boxes are all the eye can sometimes see and one wonders where have all the wildflowers gone? Turf the square green turf and return the wildflowers!!! Make sure you plant native flowers for your area.
here are some other strange alternatives :D
Making Wildflower Mud Seed Bombs:
Packets of wildflower seeds or any seeds you want to grow
Mud or plant soil, compost
Mix seeds in soil in 5:1:1 ratio. Wet soil and form into mud balls
Throw mud seed bombs wherever you want them grow.
Best time to mud seed bomb is right before rainy days. Even if the flowers don’t grow, birds will eat the seeds. Their food supply has dwindled due to monoculture in society and lack of wildflowers.
May 16, 2012
The Wisteria vine has started to bloom!
Wisteria is the Latin Genus name and then a variety of different species fall under the Genus name.
They are woody vine climbers from the pea family (Fabaceae).
Wisteria perfumes the air with its delicious smell and some varieties are edible and made into wine.
I have grown vines from seed but they take over 7 years or more to bloom so propagation by cutting is faster. The long hairy seed pod has 2-3 or more seeds. When it dries it curls and pops the seeds out the pod with a loud bang which woke me out of a sleep one time.
Wisteria grows fast and needs strong support to climb on.
Wisteria needs a bit of pruning into shape by cutting the curly spiral ends off, but it is well worth the effort!
I wish you could smell this right now, it is intoxicating!
I have to replace the wooden arch because it is getting crushed. I’m going to use something stonger, like wrought iron for endurance.