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DIY: Sprouting seeds

I can’t get enough of seeds at the moment. I know, I know, it’s the spring. Now I tried sprouting different seeds I found from our home: mustard seeds, lettuce seeds, peas, anything! Different sprouts taste different, for example, little mustard seedlings are so strong flavoured, perfect add to salads, on top of bread or decorative elements for a fancy dinner dish. Here’s some instructions for you to enjoy sprouting, too.   Juuri nyt en saa tarpeekseni kaikenlaisista siemenistä. Tiiän, tiiän, se on tää kevät. Kokeilin myös pitkästä aikaa versotusta kaikenlaisilla siemenillä, joita kotoa löytyi: sinapinsiemeniä, salaatin siemeniä, herneitä, mitä vain! Erilaiset versot ja idut maistuvat erilaisilta, esimerkiksi pienet sinapinsiementen versot maistuvat todella voimakkailta, täydellisiä salaatteihin, leivän päälle tai koristeeksi hienoihin illallisannoksiin. Tässä muutamia neuvoja versotukseen.    

DIY: Sowing seeds

Last year I got super-excited when we moved to a new apartment with huge balcony in March. Maybe someone remembers this post where I sowed lots of seeds for the upcoming balcony garden. Well, something that I learned from last summer is that “sow less seeds this spring”. Although I’m so waiting for the spring and summer to come just because I want to start my balcony garden again, I decided that I forbid myself of buying any new seeds this year. I actually donated away most of the seeds from last year. Here are the ones that I learned that are not a good idea for small spaces (and impatient gardener like myself): Brussels sprout, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce, flower seeds…  (Lettuce is perfect for small spaces but I noticed that it needs a lot of attention with watering and everything. It’s like an infant child among the teenagers and you just cannot leave it alone for a few hours.) The good ones: herbs like coriander, basil, mint, small tomato, black kale (or Lacinato kale) and komatsuna. So this …

planting bean seedling

First ones out

As I told you earlier, the spring here has been slow and cold. But the seedlings have been growing and I noticed that the beans started to look unwell just because they had too small space. They needed to move into a bigger home so I decided it’s time for them to move out to the balcony. I was so excited to get the balcony into its summer look that I also bought some wonderful pelargoniums to give it a little colour. For growing the plants in the balcony we have some old wooden boxes and plastic ones that I use when moving. I covered the wooden boxes with a bit thicker plastic to keep the soil and moist contained. To the bottom I put a 5 cm layer of gravel, then a newspaper layer to keep the soil from the gravel and the added the soil. I then planted the seedlings of bean. I also wanted to give them company so I put some flower seeds like poppies and cornflowers into the soil. I also …

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How’s the seedlings?

It’s been now 10 days since I sow our seeds and lots of growth has been happening. The beans are just crazy, they grow so fast that I know I’m gonna be in trouble soon. Also the komatsuna seedlings are up and rising like there’s no tomorrow. Not in so hurry are the basil, mint, onion, violet and zucchini seedlings although they are all growing steadily. It’s so much fun and also quite amazing to see all that life pushing its way from the soil. Life is full of miracles! And maybe we’ll have a huge and luscious kitchen garden soon. P.S. I couldn’t resist to sow a few more seeds that I got: kale ‘Black Magic’ (Brassica oleracea) broccoli ‘Redhead (Brassica oleracea var. italica) brussels sprout ‘Trafalgar F1 Hybrid’ (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera)   Nyt on 10 päivää siitä kun kylvin meidän pikku siemenet ja paljon kasvua on tapahtunut sen jälkeen. Pavut ovat ihan hulluja, ne kasvavat niin nopeasti, että olen kohta pulassa niiden kanssa. Samoin komatsunan taimet kasvavat kuin huomista ei olisikaan. Ei-niin-kiireisiä ovat basilika, minttu, …

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Sowing seeds for the upcoming balcony garden

In the previous post we had some diy ideas for seed pots and now we will sow seeds in them! The spring and the new balcony madness has been so much fun and (as you noticed in our balcony plans) we got a bit excited when ordering the seeds (the herbs and vegetables we ordered from Hyötykasviyhdistys and the chilis from Fatalii). I divided the seeds into two groups: the ones I should sow now to get the party started and the ones that I can put right into the ground in May. You can find clear instructions from the bag to find out when is the right time to do the job for each seeds. Most of the seeds were quite small so they don’t need to be soaked but bigger ones like zucchini and bean I soaked for about 6 hours. The group that was now ready for a head start includes these: lesser catmint/basil thyme (Clinopodium nepeta) mammoth basil (Ocimum basilicum) zucchini ‘Tondo Chiaro di Nizza’ (Cucurbita pepo) komatsuna/Japanese mustard spinach (Brassica rapa var. …

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Balcony planning

A while ago I hinted in Facebook about something that’s happening. Because we have moved! To another city, to another apartment, I started a new job, a whole new beginning in life. And guess what?! We have the largest balcony ever! I mean I have never seen a balcony so big. Before we even moved to our new home we started to make plans for our balcony. We knew we want a large kitchen garden type of balcony. Now there’s so much space that the balcony fits a place for chairs and a little table, too. The only problem now is that I think we have to get HUGE pots and boxes for the plants and vegetables to grow. All our previous look so small there. Maybe we will build boxes… I have to think about this more. But we have already done the plans for what are we going to grow and we have even ordered them. The Chef wanted edible flowers, chili and Asian lettuce so that’s what he got. I wanted basic herbs, …

Bios urns

In the next life I’ll be a tree

I have a favorite spot at the cemetary in my home town. There’s a grave that has a Japanese style tree growing on top of it. The tree has been growing there for 50 years and someone has taken care of it. Cutting it nicely every year to keep it lovely and little. It’s beautiful. That’s why I was so glad that I bumped into this wonderful invention. Bios urn converts you into a tree after your life. The packaging is biodegradable made of coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. Its two capsules keep the seed and soil separate from the high acidity ashes until the package starts to biodegrade. But then the roots of the plant are strong enough to meet the ashes, transforming the only parts left of former life into  a new life. I think this is a wonderful and ecological way to go. And you can choose a tree of your liking: oak, maple, pine, gingko, beech, ash or your own seed. I hope that someday the cemetaries would be full of trees. Cemetary …

Seed cataloging

Oh my! This time of year. Well actually I am so late with seed catalogs. The hardcore gardeners order them at autumn but I don’t count myself to that group yet. Just because I actually don’t have a garden of my own or even a balcony at the moment! But one can dream and spring is the perfect time for that. That’s why I ordered a few seed catalogs and started dreaming. Did you know that the catalogs are usually free to order or you can read them online? Check for example here. If I had a garden (probably a little balcony or terrace garden) these would be my choices. I would want some vegetables and some flowers. Some strange newbies and some old good stuff. I notice that I get interested in freakish kind of plants like ‘Tigerella’ tomato. Or weird-colored blue poppy. But for me garden is also a test lab where you can try weird stuff and then try something else the next year. Why not?! Gardening isn’t a serious thing if you …

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Hyötykasviyhdistys

  Hyötykasviyhdistys is Finland’s biggest garden association. And I just found out that they have a brand new website which I’ve waited for a long time. It looks amazing and there’s some awesome stuff there (the only negative is that it’s only in Finnish but then again, this is association about Finnish plants and gardening). But I’m sure that in every country there is an association like this. That encourages organic farming, versatile use of plants (and especially native plants), rents communal garden spaces, sells  their own seeds and gives advices to any kind of gardening enthusiast. I first got to know this association and its lovely gardening and seed shop called Alku & Juuri when I lived in Helsinki above it. I visited that shop a lot because the atmosphere there was so amazing. I could spend hours just picking up some weird sounding plant seeds. So if you visit Helsinki and want to visit a wonderful little garden shop, be sure to go there. — Löysin juuri Hyötykasviyhdistyksen uudet nettisivut, joiden uudistumista oonkin odottanut …