Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Grow, seedlings, grow

Thyme and basil are growing nicely. I've got all of the seedlings transplanted into Perlite.  Apparently Perlite is some kind of volcanic rock that's heated up, then expands, making a really lightweight little pebble like thing.  It's got lots of surface area and lots of empty space, so roots can move easily through it, and water drains well.  And its sterile, so fungus shouldn't be a problem.  (Though there are some little fuzzy things growing on a few of my peat pots.

The seedlings, overall, seem pretty healthy.  But since I've transplanted them all, I'm bored.  So I'll try fertilizing them.  Perlite has a little bit of plant food in it.  Maybe more is better.  I got some Miracle-Gro Liquid Quick Start  plant food and mixed a little up at half strength and gave them all a little feeding.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Radish Seedlings Outside

 Last week I stuck some radish and carrot seeds in the garden; the radish seedlings just started to poke through.  Supposedly you can put radish and carrot in the same space because the radish will grow faster and be done and gone by the time the carrots come in. 

I'm wondering what will happen when I pull out the radishes - will it disrupt the carrot?

Last year I found a new favorite grilling snack.  Get some nice small radishes, chop the tops off, then cut them in half.  Put them on a skewer.  Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt andn pepper.  When the charcoal is really hot, too hot to start grilling meat on, put the skewers of radish on.  Flip after 2-3 minutes.  The're done in about 6 or 7 minutes total.  Then you've got a great snack to eat while you grill the rest of the meal.
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