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Cherry Tomato Update!

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Remember the cherry tomatoes I planted in February (Feb 9th to be exact!)? They have grown so much over the past month!

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Seriously, I took these pictures a couple days ago, I feel like they're so much bigger already. It's getting really fun! The leaves really smell like tomato leaves! I need to figure out how I'm going to plant them, I'm trying to keep them in these plastic cups for as long as possible, since I can't put them outside yet (it's still so cold!) and I don't want to take up too much room.

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It may sound stupid, but these little plants give me so much comfort. Even on days when I feel like I didn't get anything done (and sometimes I really don't get anything done, at all), or when I feel like I'm not getting anywhere, it makes me so happy to see these little cherry tomatoes that I planted! And haven't killed (yet...)! To know that they'll keep growing even though my process is stop-and-go feels really good.

Posted on March 25, 2013 and filed under gardening.

My Plants - Cherry Tomatoes & Strawberries

One of my new years resolutions (well, I set my goals at the beginning of february, but you know...) was to start growing plants! When I was about twelve years old, I got an orchid and it totally died, because I didn't know how to care for it properly (didn't know they just needed a bath once a week!). But back then, I didn't know that, I just thought I was really bad with plants.

Well, last summer I bought a Begonia plant with beautiful pink flowers, and it didn't die! The flowers are gone, yeah, but the plant itself kept growing and growing, I had to repot and prune (=basically trim the plant) it! I'm hoping the flowers will come back this summer. So I also got a basil plant (it had a cameo in my DIY bunny cardholder post!). That one did almost die once when I was barely at home for a week and forgot to tell someone to water it. But I cut it back all the way (it looked really sad!) and it came back again!

So I felt ready to try growing some food this year! I bought a ton of seeds at the grocery store, and planted the cherry tomatoes (two different kinds) and strawberries. It was so much fun watching them grow, every day I'd think "whaat, they're still alive? And they're bigger than yesterday!". The strawberries took a little longer to sprout than the cherry tomatos.

 I used eggshells filled with soil to sprout the cherry tomatos! I got the idea from the blog  17apart  (they have so much information on sprouting things, it's ridiculous, go check it out if you're interested!).

I used eggshells filled with soil to sprout the cherry tomatos! I got the idea from the blog 17apart (they have so much information on sprouting things, it's ridiculous, go check it out if you're interested!).

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 after about a month I separated them into plastic cups (I planted 3-4 seeds in every eggshell, I didn't expect all of them to sprout! I guess it's because the seeds are storebought and "guaranteed to sprout", but I didn't trust them!). This is what they look like now!

after about a month I separated them into plastic cups (I planted 3-4 seeds in every eggshell, I didn't expect all of them to sprout! I guess it's because the seeds are storebought and "guaranteed to sprout", but I didn't trust them!). This is what they look like now!

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The strawberries are definitely slower, they're only just starting to sprout actual leaves (what they have now are the two leaves from sprouting, don't know if those have a specific name, their shape is different from the actual leaves the plant will grow, it's the same with the cherry tomatoes):

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I'm excited for the strawberries! They're the small but sweet kind, like the ones whe had in the garden where we used to live.

PS: I went to the craft & hobby store today and stocked up on felt, glue, glitter, fimo, modpoge-ey stuff, branches, wood and some other stuff, and it has lightened my mood  and inspired me so much! I'm going to start working on some DIY projects :)

Posted on March 6, 2013 and filed under gardening.

Cress and Cream Cheese

I posted about my Old Kitchen Scales "Cress Garden" on Monday, here's what I made from the cress:

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Some people put cress in salads, but we didn't have any salad. Others butter a piece of toast and sprinkle the cress on that. But we had cream cheese, so I thought I'd make myself a fancy cress cream cheese!

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First I cut the cress (naturally...), then I emptied about half a pack of cream cheese into a bow. I used scissors to cut up the cress a little more and added it to the cream cheese Then I used our electronic mixer thingy to whip the cress into the cream cheese and make it nice and fluffy!

VoilΓ ! Spread and eat :)

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Posted on February 22, 2013 and filed under gardening, in the kitchen.

Old Kitchen Scales as Herb Garden

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In my thrifting adventures I've come across a few old fashioned kitchen scales. I always liked them, I'm not quite sure why even. Maybe because they're mechanical? Or just because they're old? Anyway, I never bought one because (1) we already have digital kitchen scales at home and (2) they might not be exact anymore and (3) they take up a lot of space!

But a few weeks ago I was thrifting with my aunt and when we got to the pile of old kitchen scales, she gave me the idea to use them for plants! So I chose the one with the deepest dish, bought some garden cress seeds and planted away:

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They grow so fast! Took about 4 days and they were ready to eat. In a way I didn't want to cut them, I really like how the scales look filled with green.

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