Monthly Archives: December 2010

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Sarah’s Kitchen Gardens wants to help you grow your own local and organic food. Imagine a ripe, juicy tomato fresh from your very own garden, or snap beans that really snap, or any other fresh food that you love. Imagine the food traveling distance measured in feet, not miles.¬†Imagine this food grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, by you.

If you need help……

Starting seeds: we have seedlings for sale in the spring.

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On December 20, Sarah’s Kitchen Gardens will be at the Bailey’s Local Foods pickup, selling some gifty-type items for the holiday season. Here’s the list:

– bag of organic composted cow manure, for that special someone

– Grow Your Own Sprouts Kit

– handmade stained-glass beehive with dangling bee – for your window

– veggie earrings, because we all love our veggies

– pretty but tough garden aprons

– gift certificates

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Hope to see you there!

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Sarah’s Kitchen Gardens

Grow food. Eat fresh. Share the garden love.

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watercress progress


7 days ago
, I snipped some watercress and put it in soil to see if I could grow new plants from cuttings. So far it looks like it’s working! The roots are definitely growing well.

I looked up watercress in my Encyclopedia of Gardening, and it had some interesting things to say.

It is a perennial plant, so you should be able to plant it once and have it come back every year thereafter. If it’s anything like mint, which so far seems to be the case in terms of rooting very easily, then it will be something you will hardly be able to get rid of within a few years.

Normally watercress is found by running streams, as I remember from my childhood, but the encyclopedia gives further detail about this: “Its natural habitat is fresh running streams, with slightly alkaline water at about 50 degrees F (10 C).” So a nice cool stream. Got it.

The next question is, how do I recreate that in my sandy backyard? Or will it grow fine in soil as long as I keep it watered? Well, they do answer that question too – “may be grown in moist garden soil”. Oh good.

But – keep reading – “it is easier to grow in 6-8 in pots”. The pot can recreate the stream, if you keep a saucer of water under it. You need to change the water daily, though, so it does require some daily thought to keep it going. Like any pot or planter on a summer patio or balcony.

Hmm. I think I want to create a stream in my yard. Do you think that would be less work?

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