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Day 6! They are growing so fast, and I feel like they look ready for harvest even though I’ve read they take 10 days…what to do, what to do!?

Day 6 sprouties

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Omg, they grew so much last night! I’m shocked!

Day 5

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Over a year ago now, Benji & I ordered both the Easy Green Sprouter and the Green Star 2000 Juicer to start a new healthier lifestyle (remember this and this?). We used the juicer quite a few times initially, juicing mangoes, apples, mulberries and carrots to name a few, but after a number of weeks, the excitement wore off, and the juicer went into hibernation on the kitchen counter…

The sprouter suffered a similar fate. I unsuccessfully attempted to sprout some old broccoli seeds we had kickin’ around and subsequently gave up, and the sprouter has lived since, caked in dust, on top of the laundry cabinets.

I can’t remember exactly what spurred my latest round of enthusiasm, but I finally went ahead and ordered 10lbs of organic wheatgrass seeds online, and when they arrived I was excited to get going!

So I started them on Wednesday (I think) and here’s what they looked like on Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

The Easy Green Sprouter comes with a timer that you can set to mist the sprouts automatically on whatever schedule is appropriate for the crop you’re growing. It really makes it super simple! I think I read that wheatgrass takes about 10 days before the sprouts are ready for juicing. It’s so amazing to watch the sprouts change and grow every day! I can’t wait to try some new varieties for juicing & salads once I get the hang of it!

Will keep you posted!

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So yesterday I showed you my basil cutting growing roots, as well as the pot I decorated here, but here they are together!

pot o' basil

Also, the pomegranate tree that I planted back in September 2009, finally has its first fruit!

Update: Benji is disgruntled that I did not give the others involved any credit for this pomegranate. My bad. Benji & I bought the pomegranate tree (really more like a bush) together, and subsequently had my dad arrange digging a hole and actually putting it in the ground.

perfect pomegranate

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In less depressing news…I have stuffs to show you!

First of all, I read up on how to prune basil, and learned two things:

  1. aggressive pruning leads to greater leaf production,
  2. you can propagate basil by cutting off a branch and suspending it in water. in just a few short days, it will have sprouted its own roots! ready for planting!

my propagation set up

look at all ze roots!

So now you may be wondering what I’m going to plant my new basil plant in…Well. I have an answer for that too! Ta Daaaa!

shell pot! a pot with shells!

And yes. I glued all those shells on myself. Crafty, aren’t I? :-)

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sheree wanted to see what i was up to

Sheree wanted to see what I was up to

There’s my high-tech Avocado sprouting set-up, in the kitchen window. Shera is so sweet. As I walk around the house, she follows me from window to window to door to door, always wanting to keep an eye on me :) She lurvs me!

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got 'em?

got 'em?

So I already feel like I’m running out of things to write about on my poor little blog, and that it’s already as dull as dishwater. Maybe you people in cyberspace have some suggestions of things I could try out (preferably along the lines of my interests…) My interests are pretty simple:

Environment/Conservation, climate change, invasive species

Animals; pets & wildlife

Health/Diet, vegetarianism, cooking, organic, gardening, composting

Fitness: gym, weights, tennis, swimming, water-sports

Some other interests of mine which I haven’t written about yet are things like: boating, reading, spirituality, decorating, crafts (oo that reminds me, I could show you guys some of the (pretty?) things I’ve made)

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Avocado Update!

Check out all the new roots! WOOOOO!!!


so many roots!!

I can feel it – any day now the shoot is gonna come bursting through the top! I can’t wait!

I also just started sprouting another Avocado pit:


new baby avocado pit

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You may have guessed by now that all that growing and sprouting was leading to something…JUICING! :) (well…eating too)

not sure why it's so frothy...
not sure why it’s so frothy…

The last penultimate piece of gadgetry (is that a word…I say yes) is our fancy Juicer, the Green Star 2000. Awesome.

Ultimately, we’re hoping to be able to sprout, grow and juice all our own fruit…but in the interim, we just juice whatever decent produce the store has.

Here she is in action with some Granny Smith Apples!

nom nom nom

nom nom nom

The advantage of this type of juicer  (“twin gear”) which crushes the produce much as your own teeth would, as opposed many of the others on the market which basically pulverise the produce and then send it through a centrifuge to remove the juice, is that it retains much more of the nutrition (supposedly). Another great synergistic benefit of this juicer is all the great pulp it churns out! It’s super dry-so you really know you’re getting all the juice out of the produce, and well…that pulps all ends up in Step 4! Read on folks (the suspense is killing you, I know…)

precious pulp!!

precious pulp!!

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Avocado Sprouting

This sprouting is done a little differently than the sprouting I discussed in Step 2… :) The seed’s a leeeedle big, even for my fancy contraption.

So, we have a full-grown Avocado tree in my front yard, that’s about as old as I am, and we got a few pears off it this year, and I ate it up, and kept one of the seeds (pits?) to try and sprout.

There she is!

There she is!

Those are actually corn-cob holders…I didn’t have any toothpicks. Meh, oh well! But it don’t make no diff, cuz look! Progress!

awesome sproutage!!

awesome sproutage!!

And, call me crazy, but I actually think this pic looks kinda cool and artsy, haha…seriously though.

But anyway, the sprouted Avocado will be ready for planting once a shoot comes out of the top of the seed. What you’re seeing in that pic are roots (I know you knew that, but just to be sure…) I only know these things cause I googled how to sprout an Avocado pit. The internet is a beautiful thing. More specifically. Google. Love it.

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