The Kitchen Table is Out of Commission for a While

March 10th, 2011

The dining room has been converted into a greenhouse.

I started some seeds for the garden.

This year I purchased some organic seeds.

I still plan to buy some of my favorite seeds and a few plants at the garden center where I work, but thought it would be fun to experiment with a few interesting varieties as well as helping to preserve some heirloom plants.

I am all about the helping.

In my two years of gardening, I have both purchased young plants for my garden and I have grown my own plants from seed.  In my very limited experience, the plants I have grown from seed fare much better than the plants I have transplanted from greenhouse stock.  Maybe it’s because the seeds that I grow myself get used to neglect at a very early age.

The seeds are all potted up now.

All they have to do is grow.




  • Jennifer:

    The teaser photo looked like pans of brownies!

  • Grow dammit!!!

  • Jaime:

    Why are you buying those “Abundant Life” Christian seeds?

  • Rechelle:

    I know, I know – Strangely – many of the organic seed companies tend to have strange religious overtones. I think it is a marketing ploy to appeal to the apocalypse ready crowd.

  • Kait:

    My first thought was the CD was up to some project or other for his basment re-do. Then I thought, “ah muffins”. LOL.

  • Mo:

    I am looking forward to your garden updates and pictures!

  • Paula:

    Your home is beautiful! May your seeds pop out and your veggies be plentiful!

  • I started mine yesterday. Although I think I would have a panic attack if I started that many flats at once. I’m doing 2 at a time until they germinate then I put them down in the basement under the grow lights until I can move them all to our outdoor greenhouse. Pretty much, this time of year I take better care of my plants than I do my children. Heck, they’re big enough to feed themselves. :)

  • Melinda:


  • GA in GA:

    I also thought you’d found an incredible brownie recipe at first glance!

    I have used Seeds of Change, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and my favorite source for oriental veggies and greens: Kitazawa Seed Company.

    We have light frost predicted for tonight, but it will be 80 next week. Have to love the roller coaster ride from Mother Nature.

  • Lgirl:

    Wait What where’s your massive greenhouse!? Oh the pioneer woman is so much better than this makeshift site I’m otta Here…

    Really it’s refreshing to see something more my speed!

    • km:

      My first thought was ” I like seeing someone “living” in their house.”

  • theresa:

    That is a familiar scene. We are trying to grow heirloom tomatoes as well as a few other vegetables this year. Mike also planted 15 black raspberry bushes. Right now they look like sticks poking out of the dirt (well, clay…damn Oklahoma). Of all the things he is growing this year, my strongest hopes are for the berries and some tomatoes. I am sick to death of hot house tomatoes, and black raspberries are the absolute best thing I have ever put in my mouth. Anyway, now I have “Feed Me, Seymour” going through my head!!!

    • Rechelle:

      I want to plant some berries so badly, but somehow the whole trellis thing terrifies me. It’s hard enough to dig a hole in this cement clay soil of ours without having to build some kind of support system too. But dang it! I want some berries!

      • theresa:

        Try them! (berries) You may not have to do a trellis…We are just going to let them sprawl a bit, just like they do along railroad tracks, you know? Yes, the soil here is the worst thing ever! We both grew up in black dirt Illinois, so this red clay stuff is frustrating!

  • JJ:

    Did someone say 80 – as in degrees!!!!
    OK, I am going to go cry for a little bit!

    Cold and plant less here in Northwest Indiana :(

  • i thought Weeds (tv show) and Mary jane brownies. Question: how do u water them? i’m going to plant a green greeting card.( seeds in a paper circle) tomorrow. the starter soil stuff i got just wont absorb water very fast.. i’m not sure if i really does? and how do u avoid the dampening off death. thanks. ps. the postcrossing project is cool. learning a whole lot.

  • Trudy:

    I was also on the brownie train…they look delicious….oh well, I’m sure the veggies will be delicious too

  • OK, confession time – I’ve started seed hundreds of times and never once have they grown. They sprout and climb with their little green stalks until they’re about 5″ tall and then they just drop and die. I’ve always admired people who can start their own plants from seeds.

    • JJ:

      Same here Loopy. I can never get a good start from seeds. They are always spindly (?) and weak. I have even tried moving them outside for short periods when it is warm enough to get them acclimated, I pinch them back to get more leaves, etc. I always end up hitting the nursery for sturdier plants… I would gladly take any suggestions. My husband laughs every spring when I pull out my little pots, dirt and seeds!
      I started some sweet peas and I thought I had killed them – dumped them in a dirt pile by my fence and the NEXT year they came up and took off. Now they reseed each year and I get a monster mass of sweet peas – I don’t know how that happened…

  • tony:

    my mom’s dining room table still has the giant water stain from when i did this.

  • poppy:

    Hi, Rechelle! When we lived in RURAL Iowa, I made a few trips to this incredible place: I think you’d be in a similar zone for their seeds.