February 21, 2019 – Planting Cilantro

We just keep getting hammered by snow! Yesterday, we got a few more inches of snow, so DD and I played outside and shoveled some more. I love winter, but I would really love to open up the windows and air the house out right about now.

We walk around our garden, playing and tossing garbage on the compost pile, and I notice things sticking out of the thick snow. We have 2-3 raspberry plants, fence and posts, and old, dead cilantro plants we let go to seed. The plants are full of seeds, also known as coriander. Two days ago, we were outside playing in the snow (I was scraping ice off of the driveway so everyone would be a bit safer) when an idea hit me. I wonder if I plant the coriander, would it grow? I know the seeds survive the winter, but are they protected by the soil?  There’s only one way to find out. (Yes, I could look it up on the internet or in one of my gardening books, but that is WAY too easy!)

We journeyed over to the garden and plucked off a few stems of stiff cilantro. We took them in the house, picked the coriander, and gathered them into a bowl. In the garage, I shoveled some old potting soil into a clay flower pot. Both the pot with soil and the coriander seeds were left to sit overnight to come to room temperature. This morning, I wet the soil and planted four of the seeds in the pot. Now we wait.

Cilantro Plant – Day 1

Time to get back to work.

Have a great day!

Missie S.


Happy Spring 2017

Happy Spring, Everyone! Yesterday was the first day of spring and things are really starting to thaw out around here. Over the weekend I started planting some vegetable plants for my garden, including a new endeavor: BROCCOLI. Last year I planted potatoes for the first time, and they were pretty easy. I planted just two 12-inch pots and they will be my experiment for this year.

Broccoli Experiment

I have been working on a few things for the shop, but life keeps getting in the way. I hope to have a few items in my shop soon.

I hope you are thawing out and enjoying this spring!

Have a lovely day!

Missie S.

giggleFritz Garden 2015

Garden Seeds and Upcycled Plant Markers
Garden Seeds and Upcycled Plant Markers

Hello, All!  We are slowly thawing out here in Wisconsin.  It will be a number of weeks until we can get outside and plant our gardens, but this is the time for starting seeds.  That is just what I did on Monday.  I dug out my soil-less soil and seed starting flats and planted 12 each of bell peppers, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes while the little one was taking her nap.  When she woke up, I still had not finished my project, so she got all excited and started pointing and yelling at the weird “stuff” on the kitchen floor.  I really wanted to be done before she woke up, but starting seeds is one of those jobs that I always thinks takes less time than it really does.  I had considered letting my Helper help with this project, but I opted to wait another year.

I am hosting Easter brunch for my family this year.  I am dead set on making a peep-themed Easter cake.  I am perfectly fine with making a cake, frosting it and slapping on gobs of Peeps.  But I thought maybe I would head over to Pinterest and see what other ideas are out there.  Once again, Pinterest did not disappoint.  Once again, I was overwhelmed with tons of colorful, beautiful (and some not so beautiful) photos of inspiration.  I started a “Peep Cake” board and hope I will add my own cake soon.  So, heads up for an out-of-this-world Easter Peep cake picture sometime after April 5!

Good luck with all of your own Easter/Garden/Spring plans! 😀