Today we started by sowing our first seeds. Some to eat as sprouts and some for transplanting and harvesting later in the year.
We sprouted Sunflower seeds and Cress for use in salads in the weeks to come.
During the year we harvested seeds from a variety of tomatoes and peppers, dried the seeds and today we planted mini mini red and mini mini yellow tomatoes (bottom right) as well as the orange mini pear tomatoes. We are pre-germinating them to make sure the seeds are viable. Once they germinate, they will be transferred to soil. For now they will stay on a damp paper towel, in the little cream cheese container.
We planted the cress on paper too but the sunflower seeds were left soaking in a jar of water.
After the sowing we made some peanut butter to use for the peanut sauce that we were going to use with the brussles sprouts. Asako and Sayaka had never had Brussels Sprouts before, but Asako's children had encountered them at a play day. They were not impressed with this 'new' vegetable and begged her never to buy it. Well.... the plan has changed. After eating these fried brussels with cranberries and peanut sauce, the vegetables are on next week's shopping list. They went down very well with all of us.
We also made a tasty and hearty Butternut Thai soup perfect for this cold but lovely day which we shared with `Mark and Sorrel.