But, I Didn't Order an Iced Coffee...

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It has taken me all day to write this post.  I got distracted by a walk to check out the new café in the neighborhood and grabbed a coffee while I was out.  By the time I had walked two blocks with said coffee, it had gone cold!   Today ushered in the grand high temperature of 7º Fahrenheit.  Yes 7.   The sun is shining very brightly and while it looks glorious, I think today will be an inside day...

It's definitely a day for a soundtrack and a DIY.  Normally, I head to church on Sunday mornings, but I had to have some work done on my house today. I settled in with my cuppa cappuccino, an earful of soul, and planting some herbs.  This DIY's a work in progress, so enjoy the tunes and check back with me to see how it goes.  

Aren't these tins cute?  I'm gonna butcher this one.

Aren't these tins cute?  I'm gonna butcher this one.

I get Zoe olive oil in these cute little tins - two to a pack.  I order them from Amazon once every other month using Subscribe and Save and it's worth it to not ever run out of olive oil.  It's great olive oil—after I empty the tin, I cut the lids off and reuse the tins for utensil holders, vases, or in this case, planters.

Gather your materials...

Gather your materials...

Any old container will do: butter dishes, takeout containers, extra coffee mugs— whatever you can get your hands on to upcycle as long as it is at least 4 inches deep.   You could always use flower pots too, but what fun is there in that? You'll need a few things:  containers, charcoal or pebbles for drainage, potting mix, plastic baggies, the seeds of your choice, and a sunny window or grow light.  My window situation in the kitchen is pretty dim (ha!), so I've jerry-rigged a regular old fluorescent light with a grow light bulb to mimic daylight.  If you wanna get fancy, set the light on a timer to have it turn on and off at appropriate times; right now I just wing it. 

Ultimately, starting to germinate your seeds in damp paper towel is probably the best way to ensure success with seedlings, but we're gonna live on the edge!  Fill your container about 1/3 full with charcoal or pebbles— this is very important as you want to have adequate drainage.  Fill the remainder with potting mix and depending on the size of your container, you want to poke index-finger sized holes in the soil to drop your seeds in— check your seed packet for details  A coffee mug really only has room for one planting, but a takeout container might have space for two.  I poked two holes in my container, at least an inch apart, around 1 inch deep.  

Waste Management gave out seeds for Earth Day at my work, so I'm using those and planting Genovese basil.  Drop 5-7 seeds in each hole and cover them up with soil, water very lightly, and cover the containers with plastic baggies to create a humid environment to encourage germination.  Put your planters closely under the grow light or in the window to get started. It takes about 5-8 days or so for basil to germinate, but check every other day or so for soil dryness. If the dirt's a bit dry, water lightly and recover.  You want to keep the basil humid and around 70ºF to make sure it gets going.

We'll check in a few days to see if the seeds were duds or if we're going to be on our way to making tons of pesto!