Blue Spice Basil Memorial Day Harvest Monday – 05-28-2012

May 28, 2012  |  7 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening

One of the best parts of gardening in a community is sharing harvests with everyone. Since we can’t really hand each other butternut squashes or cuttings of a giant bush of rosemary, we take pictures, measure weights, and post them over at Daphne’s Dandelions. Because she’s AWESOME.

This week, I only have one herb to report. My attempts to start some spring spinach didn’t quite go… well. Regardless, my Aerogarden produced some absolutely delicious Blue Spice Basil, seeds that I received for free from Wintersown.org.

Blue Spice Basil Harvest

Blue Spice Basil Harvest

Harvested: 1/4 oz of delicious

My basil plant was beginning to grow a bit too aggressively, outpacing the other plants in the Aeorgarden. So, I cut half of the stem off to harvest this quarter ounce, after doing some quick research to make sure I wasn’t going to end the plant’s life. I layered it on fresh Italian bread with thinly sliced baby Swiss cheese, pepperoni, salami, and turkey. I cracked some pepper on there, as well, onto a thin layer of Mayonnaise.

What a great sandwich. I meant to snap a picture, but the sandwich didn’t last long enough.

So far, the basil has been some of the weirdest seeds that I’ve seen sprout. The sequence is below:

The Blue Spice Basil seeds are tiny

The Blue Spice Basil seeds are tiny

Those black specs form translucent sacs

Those black specs form translucent sacs

The blue spice basil's radicles begin to show

The blue spice basil's radicles begin to show

And the blue spice basil emerges

And the blue spice basil emerges

Growing quickly

Growing quickly

Sticking above the growing medium

Sticking above the growing medium

Taking over their world

Taking over their world

The final, delicious blue spice basil product

The final, delicious blue spice basil product

Pictures of Dill and Tomato Seedlings – Round One

March 20, 2012  |  3 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening

One of the most exciting parts about the Spring planting season: seedlings!

Here’s a progression of shots, Dill and various Tomatoes:

Dill on Sunday

Dill on Sunday

Dill on Sunday

Dill on Sunday

Dill on Monday

Dill on Monday

Dill on Tuesday

Dill on Tuesday

Tomatoes on Sunday

Tomatoes on Monday

Tomatoes on Tuesday

Tomatoes on Tuesday

Tomatoes on Tuesday

Tomatoes on Tuesday

First Sprouts of 2012

March 12, 2012  |  Comments Off  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening
Firsts Sprouts of 2012 - Dill and Spinach

Firsts Sprouts of 2012 - Dill and Spinach

Pre-Sprouting Spinach

March 8, 2012  |  1 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening

On Monday, I picked up my third packet of spinach in four years. I have never had any luck with the little yummy bastards. I thought by getting Burpee seeds, fresh off the shelves in March that I could beat my track record of sprouting absolutely none of them!

Over at Granny’s Blog, I ran into a link about pre-sprouting spinach before planting the seeds. It appears to be a simple enough process… From Ed:

On Wednesday night I soaked the seeds in water and a few drops of liquid fertilizer. Thursday morning the cups were drained and the seeds were placed on a damp coffee filter soaked with the same solution. They were placed in a plastic bag and placed on top of the refrigerator.

It took him two days to sprout those spinach plants.

Right now, I am trying to sprout spinach in my Aerogarden, but so far, the only thing I’ve ended up with is fuzzy seeds. At this point, I’m not sure if it’s normal or if it’s mold. Based on my track record, I’m leaning toward mold.

Gearing Up For Seedling Starting In Aerogardens

March 5, 2012  |  5 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening

While some people are off planting their spring gardens, I’m beginning to plan for my summer crops.

Black and White Aerogardens

Black and White Aerogardens

Last year, I decided to start my seeds in my Aerogardens. I picked up some extra sponges and a new pump, for the black one. Previously, I’ve started seeds in eggshells, pop bottles yogurt containers, and the those expandable Jiffy pods. This year, I’m trying something new and fun to justify picking up the massive seed starting tray; I’ll be starting with twelve pods to gauge my results.

Still narrowing down what I want to grow and trying to set goals for myself, for the growing season.

Adjusting to the Inclement Weather of the Fall [Gardening]

October 25, 2010  |  1 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening

On my way home from work today, NPR informed me that tomorrow was going to bring strong storms and crazy winds (upwards of 50MPH). I’ve already lost three pots this season, and I’m done playing games.

Peppers, Mint, and Others

Peppers, Mint, and Others

This gave me the incentive to move the plants inside. After some convincing, the wife helped me move some furniture. I even managed to commandeer some space on the table in the kitchen for some of the smaller, potted plants.

Inside now are the catnip (above), the three cherry tomato plants (above), the spearmint, oregano, the three peppers (cherry bombs, ring of fire, early jalapenos), and the baby apple trees.

I still have to decide what to do with my Tokyo White Onion plants, which are no longer plants; they’re tentacle monsters.