Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! And Happy Early Valentine’s Day to each of you. I have to be honest, I think we must show love and appreciation to those that we adore EVERY day, not on just Feb 14th. We don’t have to lavish our sweeties with large meals and expensive gifts to show love and appreciation. And many times, those random acts of thoughtfulness throughout the year can mean much more than the common, commercial holidays.
This year, I am happy to report that our South Dakota winter has been fairly mild on my side of the state. And with the warmer temps and melting snow I am intensely fighting off spring fever. It’s way to early, but I want nothing more than to be outside and in my garden. I’m even optimistically looking for the first robins, even though I still rationally tell myself it is just too soon. Although, I’m pretty sure that my folks saw their first robins in late February last year, so there is hope!
If you are like me and craving the first garden greens and yearning for the garden time, this might be a good opportunity to dabble in sprouts and microgreens. It’s certainly not full n gardening, but it is something that one can grow in a short amount of time and it will satisfy that urge to eat something from a garden, even if that garden is on your countertop.
Possibly you are curious if there is a difference between micro greens and sprouts. Yes, there are differences! Check out this web site for a great side by side comparison of their differences: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-health/mighty-microgreens-versus-super-sprouts/
When I grow sprouts, I use the jar method. Just make sure that you rinse the sprouts at least once and day and let them drain well. Check out the instructions here: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/grow-your-own-sprouts-jar.html And, growing them in large or quart mason jars are just too cute!
Interested in micro greens? I have been wanting to try this for years – maybe this year’s spring fever will be the catalyst for starting my new counter top garden. Check this out for instructions: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/microgreens-the-salad-you-can-grow-inside
And with that, my Thrifty Sisters, may you have a wonderful, loving and growing week. I realize today is a short newsletter, but I have a ton of things that need attention today. If all goes well, I’ll be sprouting stuff at some point this week. Keep caring for each other and keep on keepin it thrifty and fun!