So ---- today is the day for our launch of Kitchen: DIY! This is a FREE 30-page book with some of our favorite kitchen DIY projects. Brice (my husband) and I have written many articles on home projects and this is a compilation of some of our favorites we wrote together. We are always asked about our hydroponics system and we go through how to choose and setup a system that is right for you. Another favorite is how to roast your own coffee - in a roaster or even on your grill or over a campfire (plus...recipes). How to sprout and which seeds are the best to start with. How to get started growing mushrooms - what are the different types of starter setups from tabletop to logs - and what types of mushrooms can you grow (plus...recipes). Brice also has a great article about grilling with hardwood charcoal and not the little chemical bomb briquettes. Of course this is filled with photos and recipes and detailed information with resources! Happy DIY'ing.
>>If you are on a non-Apple device, you can download a PDF version here!
Be sure to keep an eye out here - I will be launching another ebook The Gluten and Dairy Free Pantry: Recipes and Fresh Ideas for Your Whole Foods Kitchen in the next few weeks!
The second tray we rotate for baby greens. Peashoots, arugula, cress, head lettuce, mesclun, etc. We harvest that tray every 15-30 days or so, depending on what we are growing. So from a small two tray system in our dining room we have had fresh greens all winter. With no soil. I like it so much we are considering expanding to a larger system in our basement next winter to grow more mature culinary herbs and vegetables - although the fast seed to harvest time of microgreens and baby greens really can't be beat.
This winter we have grown everything, it seems. Mixed microgreens with radish, broccoli, cabbage, fennel, dill, mustard, fenugreek, beet, onion, kale, chard, amaranth, and more! We have harvested multiple trays of peashoots. And the baby greens! Arugula. Wrinkly crinkly cress. Dwarf pak choy. Sorrel. Shungiku. Mizuna. YUM.
I have an excellent helper too, who loves choosing which seeds to start for microgreens, checking on our water levels and changing water, and especially cutting (his favorite part is cutting). I think both boys enjoy seeing how quickly everything grows and choosing what to grow next.
I love having fresh greens all winter. And now as hints of spring will slowly (every so slowly!) start to appear, I need the boost. I dream of salads and vegetables and herbs, but my garden won't be producing any of that for a long while still. So even though we are starting trays of seeds to plant outside, we have this more instant reward. We can see the green, we can watch the progress, we can pick and nibble whenever we like. It is so good.
I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, permaculturist, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two unschooled boys in south central Wisconsin.