11/19/14: Sorry. Haven’t had chance to bring you anything new. Busy with writing groups. Something has pulled my attention away from my self-appointed rounds. It is a method that a writer friend spoke about recently. Seems it has been around for a while. It is called proprioceptive writing. Please use your search engine for that one. Hard for me to explain. It is something beyond stream of consciousness writing. If you let yourself go, there are little spaces in the brain that speak up. You just keep writing everything down quickly without thinking about grammar or the sense of it. The thoughts come quickly. My first attempt filled a page as I waited in a dentist’s office for a friend to have her teeth cleaned. Afterwards, I went to the next step and circled key words. A felt like a therapist asking myself who was he and why was she important. There is a book out on this , or course, and classes, currently in he USA. Another friend was heading for China and said there was one coming up there. Don’t think I will take a course. As a matter of fact, I had been examining my past, going way back, and have come up with plenty to write about, semiautobiographical style. This new-to-me method should help the creative process. To learn more, Google proprioceptive writing. One teacher/coach named Nancy Nicolazzo explains it in a concise manner. Proprioceptive Writing – Explore Your Mind Through Writing. Try it.
11/15/14: Latest on microgreens: See Getting It All – Nutrition. After checking out Getting It All, see Household Tips for latest blurb on a terrific use for white vinegar. The tip is a little personal, yet I put it under household stuff.
10/22/14: Update. Things are coming along. Tomorrow I will use the greens produced from wheat berries. They must be ground in a juicer or, as I had done months ago, placed in the Bullet Juicer and processed, then with added frozen fruit, diced celery, almond milk, processed again. These are just a few things that can be added to the nutritious greens. I was telling a friend that after cutting the “grass,” within hours they shoot up and I will have more for juicing in days. I have done this harvesting three times from one planting in the past.
Buckwheat is coming along nicely. Will add the greens to salad. Tonight, I planted kale for the same purpose. I had put peas on the growing media, but so far only have a few leaves showing. Lots of root, though.
A possible failure is the thinner white medium. It was either this or the fact that I planted clover that has been sitting in jars in my kitchen cabinet for too long. Keeping the growing medium moist brought on mold. Will try again with seed I acquired last week. I washed everything with liquid dish soap and added water and vinegar (about half and half) to soak for several hours, rinsed and laid them out to dry.
Another planting a few days ago was fenugreek. Great aroma. Will add to salads. I usually just sprout these seeds and they are a delicious addition to lettuce and such.
Off to the kitchen tomorrow. Sweet dreams.
10/08/14: Spicy foliage can be seen along the roads. Beautiful coloring on deciduous trees lend to one of the best times of the year, before the organs of photosynthesis and transpiration complete their life’s work and descend to the ground. Before the leaves pile up on lawns and walks and drive us nuts.
It is time for fall planting. Planting, you say? Yes, I am a little late. Should have done this weeks ago. Are you still confused? In the cold weather, I grow several edibles indoors here in Massachusetts. With the help of a grow light, I am able to pick kale and lettuce and a few herbs in fall and winter. I try to eat all the organic and unfooled-with food I can. My backyard and the indoor crops have kept me on a straight path. Well, almost. Lunching out at least three times a week is a must. I save enough on wholesome food to be able-walleted.
Several years ago, I tried micro greens. At the time, I used potting soil. Messy. I tried clay pellets. I had so-so success with these. The seeds for micro greens are small and tend to lodge between the pellets.
I will attempt something new this season. I searched around the web and found what looked like a good deal. Of course, I could gather some of the items at a local branch of a gardening supply company. In the spring, they throw out things like 10 x 20 plastic trays, large sturdy pots, you name it. Now, I have little choice.
I have already planted seed for items I will be needing for salads and some cooking, kale, romaine lettuce, parsley and basil. I am trying Swiss chard. Some nutritious and tasty additions will be the micro greens. I ordered trays to hold smaller perforated trays and will follow instructions shown on You Tube, Growing Microgreens – Hydroponic Method – Parts 1 and 2. The mini gardens can be grown with the light from a window. Once they sprout, the plants need only about ten days of upgrowth.
The word hydroponic may be misleading. A complicated irrigation system is not needed. Small mats about one eighth inch thick hold the seed as they sit in the inner tray. Adding a squeeze of lemon to about two cups of water in the 10 x 20” tray wets the mat and creates the pH greens like. These mats are made of tree bark and come in easily cut pieces and several textures. I ordered two types and trays to start about four or five varieties. I ordered liquid kelp fertilizer and a few seeds. I have some on hand, as I have done sprouting in jars in the past.
The assortment of materials with free shipping for a $60 purchase was from Sproutpeople.com. I expect delivery by the end of this week. I will let you know how things turn out. Wish me luck and don’t slip on the wet leaves.