Sunday, January 17, 2010

January 17, 2010

/Sigh it has been forever since I've been here.  Mostly I've been away spending time with the family and looking unsuccessfully for work.  The rest of the reason is that I haven't had much to say gardening wise.  I've been content reading my friend's blogs. 

Until tomorrow (hopefully), the only gardening thing I've done besides helping my eldest pick a carrot from the garden for dinner or a snack is to write an article for Patti's e-zine.   It was on indoor gardening under lights and should be coming out in February.  Tomorrow I hope to take some time to start some lettuce seeds to germinate and grow under lights.  It is time to do that finally.  I am not sure if I will use my self-watering window boxes or one of my soil blocks for these.  I wanted to use the window boxes for mint and other herbs this year to keep them from spreading, but I like the idea of being able to move the lettuce indoors if we get another cold front move in.  We've already had a week of 18 degree nights (never happens here).  It killed everything in the garden.  I would love to be able to bring in the lettuce on those nights if it happens again.

The real reason for my post tonight is that I'm excited to bake bread again.  Some may remember last year when I made a sourdough starter and tried my hand at no-kneed sourdough bread.  It worked ok, but I never really mastered it before my starter died.  I just wasn't consistent keeping it up. 

Well, my brother found a recipie for easy no-kneed bread in Mother Earth News.  It takes all of 5 minutes to make enough dough to last a week and make 5 rounds, pizza crust or other breads.  Do that once a week and know that the kids are eating healthy fresh bread.

Lastly, my brother and I are going in on our Territorial Seed order this year to save on shipping.  We did it last year and it worked great.  I don't really need much as I intend to just grow what we can consume, with any extra possibly put up.  I got more carrots, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, peas and some herbs.

I hope you are getting geared up for spring if it fits your climate, or at least planning for spring.  I expect to start posting again as often as makes sense.

Enjoy your garden!


  1. I am glad to see an update. I only know you through your blog, but I've been wondering how you are. Fresh bread sounds wonderful! Soon you will be tending to little seedlings that will in return will feed you and your family.

    Still wishing you luck in your job search. Take care!


  2. It's good that you're getting to start a few things pretty soon, because I know how you love gardening. When the article comes out, please be sure and email me the link.

  3. The bread sounds so good. Hope it comes out well for you. I have my spring seeds ordered and am doing some sprouts in the window sill again.

  4. Seed starting and breadbaking! All good things to do when winter keeps hanging around. Good choices on the seeds - if I remember correctly those are all items you and your family really enjoyed eating and growing.

    Keep us posted on the bread, seed starting, and what varieties of those veggies you chose this year.

  5. Good luck with your seed starting and bread making. Bread has been one thing I have never mastered. It usually is good but nothing like bread from a real baker. I have a recipe for a starter that is really good but it takes kneeding. I will tracking it down and e-mail it to you. I'll be seeding onions really soon and probably some indoor lettuce, outdoor planting is still to far off here!

  6. I'm so glad to hear this update. I was thinking about you the other day. Glad to hear you're still working on the garden!

  7. Hi Rich,

    I'm sorry to hear about the job. Hopefully the right thing will come along for you soon.

    Glad to hear you are making the no-need bread. I've been baking a giant loaf every weekend. Everyone in the family loves it.

    I look forward to hearing your gardening adventures as the weather starts perking up this spring.


  8. Awesome. Thanks for posting this. It is always great to see someone educate the world.