Our 2021 spring garden!
Herbs are another new thing we are trying. Last year, I attempted starting several different herbs from seeds. The only ones that made it were the parsley and sage. And they grew awesomely! I was even able to gather enough throughout the summer to dry and crush about a half cup of each. I use those dried herbs in my recipes instead of the store bought spices. So, this year my daughter and I are attempting several different herbs again. Herbs are not only good for cooking with, but most also exhibit some sort of medicinal use.
And their medicinal uses
On March 18, we planted 10 different varieties of herbs. We had to use smaller pots this time around, as we ran out of the 3.5 inch pots we used for all of the other seeds and I had to quick order some more pots. Well, the ones I had just ordered a few weeks ago were sold out and I couldn't find any more 3.5 inch ones. So, I got some that are 2.75 inches. Which worked out great anyway, because we planted two pots of each herb and wouldn't have had room in the plant tray for all of those if we had used the larger pots. God always knows what's best, doesn't He?
The instructions for all but one of the herbs was to surface sow. So, we scattered 3-4 seeds on top of the pre-moistened potting mix that was placed in each of the pots. And then put a very thin layer of dry potting mix on top. Once that was done, we sprayed the top of the potting mix in each of the pots with water. For the one that was not to be surface sown we poked a small hole and put 3-4 seeds inside it and then covered it back up with the potting mix; and sprayed that pot with water as well.
I thought it would be a good idea to list each of the herbs we planted, along with their medicinal uses. Every one of the herbs that we planted can also be used in recipes for cooking. I personally want to use them for both. So, here are the herbs and their medicinal uses:
(Considered both a flower and an herb)
If you want to fight off a cold or flu, it is good to grow echinacea. A cup or two of echinacea tea per day can help you combat illnesses to get over them at a faster pace.
(Considered both a flower and an herb)
Known to help with anxiety, improve sleep quality, and help you achieve healthier, glowing skin.
Known to relieve pain associated with migraines, and give you a natural energy boost.
Can be used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches, and heart conditions.
Can be used for bladder infections (UTIs), kidney stones (nephrolithiasis), gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, constipation, diabetes, cough, asthma, and high blood pressure.
Has the potential to lower your blood sugar and keep your eyes healthy. It is full of antioxidants that are naturally good for the body.
Contains anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, it is a great ingredient to use to prepare homemade tea. It may even leave you feeling good while strengthening your heart.
Use stevia leaves to create a sweet tea that is irresistibly good. It is a good tea to drink when you want to control your blood sugar levels. You can also dry and powder stevia leaves to use as a sugar replacement.
Thyme tea is beneficial. It supports gut health and respiratory health. It is also a good beverage to have when you want to naturally lower your blood pressure.
(Thai Holy “Kaprao”)
Not only is this herb good for naturally relieving stress, but it is also ideal for those struggling with anxiety and fibromyalgia. From WebMD: "Holy basil, also called tulsi, is a bit different from the sweet basil you use in your favorite recipes. Still, its phytochemicals can help to protect against different types of cancer, including lung cancer, liver cancer, oral cancer, and skin cancer.".
Most of the medicinal uses listed for the herbs would be administered in the form of a tea. However, I will need to research each one, individually, and find out how to prepare the teas, and however else the herbs can be used; other than to flavor meals.
Other seedlings updates
Onion and strawberry seedlings
I did not want to have to share this with you. But, the onion seedlings still aren't doing well. In fact, they look down right sickly. I have to admit that I was in Walmart the other day and I picked up a pack of onion sets. That does not mean that I've given up on these little baby onion seedlings. But, it does mean that the reality of it is that if I want actual onions in my garden this year I will need to plant some onion sets. Although, I've never planted those before either; so it's a live and learn garden we're having this year, lol.
If you look really close, each of the strawberry pots do have seedlings started. But, it's like those "share it when you see it" memes that people post on social media, lol. They are much easier to spot in person than in the picture. Still, the seedlings are so tiny! I'm just glad they finally made an appearance.
Tomato, cherry tomato, and bell pepper seedlings
Both our tomatoes and cherry tomatoes have seedlings! Yay! It's always so nice and such a relief when your seeds start to sprout and then you have actual seedlings! There are still some pots that haven't shown any sprouts yet, but I have high hopes that they will be poking through very soon!
You don't have to strain your eyes trying to find the pepper sprouts. There aren't any. Because they haven't started sprouting yet. But, that is okay. They usually take longer than the days specified on the seed packets. At least that's what I've heard. Hopefully, it won't be long until we see some sprouts coming up!
Lettuce, spinach, and kale seedlings
No searching for these seedlings like you had to do with the strawberries, lol. As you can see, they've come up rather quickly! These were the last seeds planted and they've already surpassed all of the others.
I was a little concerned about the lettuce possibly being a bit "leggy", but I did research and found that they look just like they should for their age.
That's all the seeds we need to plant indoors for a while. I'm thinking we will start the marigold flowers indoors. But, those don't need to be started until 3-4 weeks before planting the tomatoes. The marigolds will be used as a border around the tomatoes and peppers. Then, early to mid-April we will plant our potatoes in their bags outside; as well as planting carrot seeds and the onion sets I bought in the ground. Then, around May 15th we will plant the sweet corn, cucumbers, beans, and our seedlings in the ground! Well, except for the herb seedlings. They will go in container pots that will be scattered throughout the yard and patio.
If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, head on over to the CPG (Christian Prepper Gal) Forum! It's a place where you can interact with fellow preppers and Christians. It is an exclusive, members only forum, so the public cannot participate. I've added some downloadable files; things such as a Morse Code chart, emergency supply checklists, emergency first aid supplies checklist, etc. in the "Files and Resources" category. I will be adding more files and resources on a continual basis.
Thank you for following along on our indoor seed starting journey! I hope it has been entertaining, if not helpful, so far. I hope to check back with you in a few days to keep you updated on the progress of our seedlings.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
2 Corinthians 9:6, But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (KJV)