Seeds in the Earth!

Maya preparing the soil for some more starts to take back to the dorms

Yesterday morning we put seeds in the earth. And baby plants too. What a thrill! There is actually not a better way to start a morning.  We quickly realized it’s a lot easier to plant seeds than it is to prep soil. For a while we just sat in the sun at the table in the middle of the garden organizing and planning what will go where.  Maya and Becca carefully re-shaped the bed one more time with a rake, a shovel, and careful palms. Eventually we settled on one half of the bed being devoted to lettuce and leafy things and the other half for a few tomatos, peppers and and eggplant or two. We’ll buy these as starts at the City Farm Plant Sale in a few weeks.

Do you see the water droplets on those leafy greens?

We planted a row of arugula, kale, spinach, and red lettuce. We also planted a little cluster of cilantro.  Of course, the mere mention of cilantro brought up the classic and age-old debate about the herb’s true name. Is it cilantro or coriander? Maya, who speaks the Queen’s English, is a strong proponent of the name coriander. Becca and I, of course know it as cilantro. I strongly encourage you to check out this brief explanation about the plant, whose scientific name is Coriandrum sativum.  It turns out that the same plant is used, either in seed form or leafy form in different cooking traditions around the world. The seed is used more often in Indian cooking while the leafy green is used more often in Mexican cooking. We lovingly placed our starts in the ground, trying to remember our Food Prof’s tips about not touching the stems, and flipping the whole start container upside down in our palm to gently set the seedling in the soil. Then we headed back to Becca’s apartment. We started a few more seeds and also discovered a wild mint patch right next to the house. (horray mojitos!) How could we have missed this before? We’re planning on growing peas along the house too. There’s a good fence where we should be able to stretch some string for the peas to grow up.

And okay, I’ll admit it, I was so excited about these seeds that I actually jumped back on my bike late in the afternoon just to go check on them. You know, to see if they were still there. They looked good. A few of the baby arugula had really perked up while a few other looked kinda wilted.



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by natalie on April 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    wow, I learned so much about coriander! I mean cilantro. what a a wonderful plant. sigh.


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