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Seeds and Seedlings

seedlingsblog copySince the plants in my raised garden bed are coming up nicely, I am turning my attention to the seedlings I planted a couple of days after I made the raised garden bed.

Most of the seeds I planted take about a week to 10 tens days to sprout up. The ones in the photo are Marigolds in the back and a Cherry Tomato plant in the front.  The Marigolds took about 3 days to show up, the Tomato 7 days. They are not ready to be transferred into the garden just yet. The leaves showing are called the first leaves, and it is best to wait until you have the true leaves, that will be fuller and come on soon.

Starting the seedlings indoors weeks ahead before the last frost up North is a great way to get a head start on your garden. In Florida however, I think we had two cold nights in February, well probably cold for Floridians, and one of those nights that took the digits down to a whopping 35 degrees… If you are from any biting cold, wind chill dropping, snowy part of the country, go ahead and laugh, I understand, its ok.

The spring already here by the first week of March, I started my seedlings on the back porch. They have an adaption already to the temperature and some sunshine in the morning, versus bringing them outside from an indoor climate. See Secrets To Transplanting Seedlings: 3 Tips To Success for more information.

My son told me what plants will help the soil and grow well together.  I happened to be on Facebook, and saw that a company I am following bbbseed.com was having a sale and offering free shipping. Heirloom, Organic seeds were just what I was looking for and this was perfect timing. The site offers great information and companion planting advice for each type of seed. (The links below are not affiliate or a paid endorsement)

Here is the what I have so far:

Green Beans in the garden bed
Sugar Pod Peas in the garden bed
Organic Rainbow Blend Carrots – looking forward to these! More on how I planted them later.
Cherry Tomato’s Seedling
Basil Seedling
Cilantro Seedling
Sage Seedling
Four O’clock Flowers Seedling
Sunflower Giant – Next to my Tropical Guild Garden. Grew one of these before, they are amazing!
Marigold Flowers Seedling and in the garden bed.

My son also recommended LocalHarvest.org  which is a great site for finding local plants, seeds and more from farmers in your area. He planted very tasty Everglade Tomato’s in his food forest and they did well being a local plant, so I am going to do the same. In the search bar I choose seeds, added my zip code and then choose vegetables and tomatoes. Pages and pages were available for all kinds of tomatoes for my area. If you are interested in purchasing these seeds, they are from Southern J Ranch.

While I was researching seedlings, I came across an article by DIY With Kathy for Garden Planning Online. She provides links with great information for making a Raised Garden Bed and what to plant in it. Thank you Kathy.

More on Transplanting the Seedlings when they are ready.

Happy Gardening :}

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Crostini Tomato Basil and Pepperoni Appetizer Recipe

ID-100274289Crostini – An hors d’oeuvre (appetizer) made with various toppings.

This appetizer is easy to make and delicious. The toasted bread adds crunch and works well with the  pepperoni and cream cheese with chives at the bottom. The toppings bring a fresh, delicious blend with the Basil complimenting the spring greens. Top that with a bit of Parmesean and you have an appetizer nobody can resist.

You could substitute the Pepperoni for a thin salami, prosciutto or other deli style meat you prefer.

1 Loaf French Beget or Italian Bread
1/4 lb Sandwich Pepperoni or 1 Package small Pepperoni
1 – 8 oz Cream Cheese with Chives
1 Bag Salad Greens (Spring Mix is great for this recipe)
1 Tomato
3 TBS Fresh Basil Chopped
Fresh Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Slice bread into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on Baking Sheet and drizzle each with Olive Oil.
Place in 350 degree oven until golden – 10 to 15 minutes.
Slice tomato thin and cut each slice in 1/2 moons or dice into small bites.
Chop Basil into slices (Juliane).

To assemble Crostini:

Spread cream cheese over slice of toasted bread.
Add sliced Pepperoni.
Add salad greens and push down gently.
Add a a spoonful of Basil over the greens.
Add 2 slices or a couple of spoonfuls of tomato.
Salt and Pepper tomato to taste.
Grate Fresh Parmesan over top.
Add to a pretty platter.

Makes Approximately 14 appetizers

Photo Courtesy of  tiramisustudioFreeDigitalPhotos.net