I love gardening. I love that I can eat what I grow and that my little boy knows where food comes from. I also love that I can loose myself in my veggie patch. Digging, weeding, planting…simple and repetitive movements all help to calm my worried mind.
Part of my new mission is to really focus on what I’m eating so I’ve planted a whole patch up in leafy greens – spinach, rocket/arugula, kale, watercress and various varieties of lettuce. All super easy to throw into a blender as a base for a smoothie or combine into a salad.
The great thing about greens is that you can grow them all year round. And while veggies like spinach and kale are pretty expensive to buy in stores they’re really cheap to plant – especially if you grow them from seed.
Seed raising is so easy. All you need is a little seed raising mix (or some potting mix and some sand), a shallow tray (about 2 inches deep) and some seed. Once you’ve chosen the seed you’re sowing, sprinkle it over the dirt and cover with a layer of seed raising mix. The layer should be the thickness of the seed, so pretty thin. Keep in a warm and sheltered spot (the laundry is good) and keep moist but not wet. Using a water spray bottle is ideal. Be aware that one packet of seed will contain way too many plants to keep at home so either stagger your sowing or give away to friends.
Once your little seedling has some height (about 10-14 days, depending on the plant) it’ll be ready to transplant into your garden. Do this carefully and don’t forget to water your plants in with some good plant food (blood and bone is a good, all round fertiliser).