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Lately I’ve been having gardening conversations with my Granny - she is quite an expert! When I was little, she had a garden the size of most large yards in Broomfield and everything was delicious. The tips she’s passed along are practical, simple and I haven’t seen any of them on the gardening websites I typically look at. I thought you might enjoy them too:
Carrots are notoriously hard to germinate and when I mentioned this to Granny, she said there is an easy fix that will get all your carrots growing fast. Instead of just planting them in a shallow row, she says it’s best to first mix up some gelatin. Just mix up some plain gelatin according to the directions, then add an extra 1/4 cup of water to make it runny. Stir in your carrot seeds and then put the whole concoction into a squeezable bottle, bag or something that will give you an even stream. Take it out to your garden and squirt a line down the row and lightly cover with soil. This encases the seed in protein (so it germinates fast) and protects it! Genius.
Sprouting Seeds (the cheap way!)
I love sprouts on my sandwiches and salads and now I know a way to do it on my own without purchasing any equipment. What you need: a mason jar and old nylons. All you do is choose what you want to sprout (beans, grains - really anything in the bulk bins!) and then put them in the jar with water to soak overnight (cover the top with the toe of your nylons and an elastic band). In the morning, drain the jar through the nylons, then rinse and drain again. Continue to rinse and drain 2-3 times a day for 4-7 days or until desired sprout length (keep jar in a dark spot for days 1-3 and then a sunny spot after that). When finished, drain and keep in the fridge for up to 7 days. Enjoy!
Removing Tomato Skins (without scalding)
This tip is the easiest of them all. Granny says that when you get a bumper crop of tomatoes (or just any tomatoes you don’t have time to use), just put them in a freezer bag and throw them in the freezer. When you’re ready to use them, just pull them out and let them start to thaw. As they warm up, the skins will naturally just fall off the rest of the frozen tomato - you can slip off the skin and throw the tomato in with your recipe. No extra work!
Hopefully you’ll enjoy these tips as much as I have. Enjoy the weekend!