#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Seeds and Sprouts

I actually have a yellow crookneck squash almost ready to harvest, and my Swiss chard is growing before my very eyes. There will soon be tomatoes aplenty, along with zuchinni and eggplant and green peppers. I have a regular herb garden growing right on the deck–it’s great fun to make tea or add dill to fresh fish and rosemary to chicken. (Now that I’m Not Smoking–okay, I can’t resist boring you with updates once in a while–food is much more appealing. I’m trying my best to eat fresh, whole foods and to experiment more.)

I bought some tea and coffee seeds online–no, I’m not starting a plantation on my deck. :) I just thought it would be interesting to raise a coffee or tea plant–it’s certainly different. The tea seeds are large, dark brown, and flat on one side. The instructions say to soak them in water for 24 hours and plant them with the flat side down. I have the pot ready and can hardly wait until late this afternoon, when I’ll pass the 24 hour mark.

The coffee seeds look like pale coffee beans, and they also had to soak. According to the instructions, germination takes 6 to 8 weeks, but, hey, I can wait. :)

It’s time to water the crops and get back to the book.

More tomorrow.

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