I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.
Beginning Again

The seeds never sprouted and I've learned some lessons. First, a mist of water from a spray bottle isn't enough to get seeds to germinate despite what the books say. Second, central air in a house keeps the air very dry despite having a built in humidifier. Third, our dogs must be interested in the plants because when I went down today a couple of the pots were tipped over and most likely were attacked by a wagging tail.

I got the potting mix nice and moist with hot water, and my husband put some great trays on top of the heating mat that are very shallow and hold just about half an inch of water which should hopefully help solve the drying out problem. I've got cling wrap over the top of each little pot to make a greenhouse effect. Let's hope something happens this time around! This has not been a good start to my industrious plans for a veggie garden this year. Glad I am able to correct on some trial plants before the tomatoes have to be started in a week.




Rach said...

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Jess-- Agway in New England (and probably your local garden type store)carries a small adapter that fastens to an old soda bottle and works to soak the early sprouts without being quite so harsh as the squirt bottle. That way you can be more generous with the water but not worry about hammering down the tender little plants. They come in packages of 4 or 5 here and are very inexpensive. I have found I need more water than I think, and sometimes add a little in the tray as well. Good luck!

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