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Here a Seed…There a Seed

We are starting our seeds…or some of them today.  The ones that need to be transplants before we put them outside, are slowly being planted in small containers.  We use fruit cups or tiny yogurt containers and punch holes in the bottom.  We use starter mix as this form of medium as it is not as dense as potting soil.  If the seeds sit for a long time in wet soil they will rot.                                                                                   This size is ideal for the wee seeds.                                                           The three type of seeds we are concerned with today are Chervil, Hamburg Parsley and Poached Egg Plants.  These seeds were sent to us from the Flowery Prose blog.  Cheryl lives in Alberta so our climates are similar.

Sunflower…does not take long to start sprouting and grows huge quickly so we will leave it till the last.

Chervil or Anthriscus cerefolium is similar to parsley. The leaves have a mild aniseed taste. Chervil has medicinal and culinary uses.  In French cuisine, it is one of the four herbs, along with chives, tarragon, and parsley, which make up the delicate bouquet “fines herbes”.                                                                Hamburg Parsley or Petroselinum crispum.  Germination may take up to three weeks.  Hamburg parsley is grown for its parsnip like root but the leaves can be used as well because they taste like parsley.  It takes 3 to 4 months for Hamburg Parsley to mature.                                                                 

Poached Egg Plant:  or Limnanthes douglasii   The poached egg plant is an annual that is  easy to grow and is recommended for children to grow as they are getting used to the thrill of gardening.. The plant usually bears white flowers with yellow centers, hence the name “poached egg plant”,                                                                        

We have started the transplants for this summer….at least some of them.  We plant the transplants outside in the first or second week of June when any chance of night frost has passed.                                                                     You know I could jump in the tray and play scatter the dirt. MOL  Oh My…did I say that out loud?  I don’t know what came over me.  I even look guilty.

Have  a spring like day.  May the clouds pee all over you! MOL.  Good grief, what makes me say these things?                                                                    

 

 

 

Getting Ready For The Growing Season

My stars…mom says its time to plant some transplants already.  It’s not even the 24th of May yet.  We usually plant on our Canadian national  holiday of the Queen’s birthday,  Not this queen, but Queen Victoria.  I don’t really know why we celebrate her cause this queen has a birthday too and she’s still going strong at 90.  I digress…the weather has been very warm here.  Mom’s thoughts have turned to planting time.  So everybody in the household has padded out to the garden and done some work.                                                                         avegygardenDad rototilled the soon to be planted veggie garden.  Mom will soon sit in the soil and plant the seeds.  I will help her by digging out the rows.  Kali will lie on the air mattress mom uses.

abeewater1The water in the saucer is for the kitties that wander over here and are thirsty after partaking of the Nip.  The stones in the saucer are places for the bees to have a drink.  I try not to grab any flies taking the water…I usually am busy with my watering chores and don’t see them.

akalideckKali is supervising the work dad and mom are doing but she doesn’t want to get her paws dirty.

Mom decided we needed a break so we took a walk in the Lane.

ashowalkI looked both ways before I stepped into the Lane.  There could be some weird kitty or, heaven forbid, a dog in the Lane.  All was clear.

Cow Kitty is that you here at the cwappy house?

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It is you!  What a great place to lay, in the cool long grass.                                                      ackcloseup

Cow Kitty looks like we woke him.  MOL                                                                        ashcloseLet’s take Cow Kitty and go home Shoks…there is more to do in the backyard.  Ok, mom let’s go.  C’mon Cow Kitty, the dirt is calling us!

Have a messy but fun day my friends.                                                                  Kali and Shoks