Today there are 14 days to countdown until my book is available (today). i am happy to be able to offer The Diet Rebel's Cookbook online from my own website: www.getrealwithfood.com (it will be up March 30th) i will send everyone that orders from my website a signed copy of the book :)
One of the things i look forward to the most about Spring is the beginning of a new growing season for real food. i LOVE organic gardening; however where i live the growing season is far to short for me. So i extend my growing season by starting my own seeds- indoors... and oh, my word, it is so fun and EASY! if you are used to buying your plants to plant in your garden, please consider the satisfaction and power of knowing how to start your own. Being self-reliant is amazing and rewarding! Not to mention how incredible it is to watch these seeds start growing into plants after 1-2 weeks! i LOVE it!!
Here's how i do it:
i have a couple small-ish green houses that i use, i put them in my large south-facing kitchen window.
2) Next is my tomato varieties, which i start in early February every year. By March the tomato and pepper plants need to be transplanted into bigger individual 4 inch pots. i just took these pictures of my tiny plants before transplanting to 4 inchers. It is a beautiful display to see all these little plants growing- makes me smile.3) The spinach, kale, chard, onions, and potatoes...i directly plant those seeds out in my garden outside as early as i can...in early March, ideally.
4) The green beans i directly plant outside in early April.
5) i start my zucchini and yellow squash seeds indoors in April...they grow big fast. I transplant my tomato plants outside in mid April WITH coverings on them. The coverings i use are green tee-pee things that i fill with water and it keeps them warm and happy until i take them off around Memorial Day.
6) i also transplant the pepper plants and squash plants outside around the end of May- the same time i uncover the tomato plants.