More Seedlings at the Center of the Universe


More and more lights are being switched on in the basement. In fact, we’re almost full up! We’ve got three shelves going now, the bottom one with heat mat, the top two for “growing up” and cold germinators. I also have  a couple of flats sitting on the shelf in the porch, behind a curtain: they’re medicinals, Aconitum carmichaeli and Giant Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorium), that like it dark and like to start in cool soils to warm up with the weather.

Today I added Good King Henry and Sea Kale, also, in medicinals, Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Echinacea purpurea, Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Hyssop and Motherwort. And as for fruits: Goji (Lycium barbarum). LOTS of Goji.


The Goji berry forest. The seeds came packaged in their fruits, which were eaten.

Amie planted her own seeds weeks ago and had her first bite: microgreens, kale and chard!


To prevent damping off  I added an oscillating fan to the setup, and brewed a big pot of chamomile tea. Some for them, some for me.


The other day when in the car she said she didn’t mind looking out the window on short trips, she didn’t get bored. I said, Well there is a whole world to see. She said, Yes, and I haven’t even seen all of it! I said, It’s not possible for one person to see all of it. I’m sure David Attenborough hasn’t seen all of the world.

Amie: “Really?”

Me: “I doubt he’s seen Wayland.” (where we live)

Amie: “What?! No way, Mama, of course he has seen Wayland!

Well, of course he has, silly me. It is the center of her universe.

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