Are you thinking about, or have you already made gardening part of your 2015 goal list? Don’t wait until summer to get started, harness your resolution enthusiasm and plant a few seeds. A month or two from now, when you’re feeling a little less optimistic from all the snow and cold, you’ll be happy you did. On that dull, dreary, bone-chilling day you’ll find solace in a pinch of green and a taste of spring all your own.
It doesn’t need to be complicated; anyone with a spare windowsill can grow a few herbs. Herbs, and even lettuce, are the best for beginners, since they are easy to grow and have a shallow root, which means you can grow them in small containers.
If you’re looking for a good place to get some seeds, I enjoy Cubit’s ethical seeds for edible gardens. They’re a husband and wife duo, who split their time between an urban garden in Toronto and a farm in Prince Edward County. I love their seed selection, I like their packaging, they deliver directly to your door (by mail), and their seeds make a really nice gift too!
Or perhaps you should try your hand at some sprouts. All you’ll need are some sprouting seeds, I get mine at Rainbow Foods or online from Mumm’s, and a mason jar. Alfalfa, broccoli, garlic chives, there are so many options. They are excellent additions to sandwiches or salads and are packed full ofantioxidants and other good things. My favourite is the sandwich booster, it’s a mix of clover, alfalfa, radish, and mustard. Basically all you have to do is soak a few tablespoons in water for a few hours and then rinse twice a day for a couple days. Boom. That’s it.