Greens in the Window (and helpful cats)

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I sure love greens, especially in the winter time with all the rich, heavy foods around.  I never liked greens much growing up because I only had the frozen or canned, therefore soggy, variety.  Fresh greens crisped in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees with a little olive oil and garlic is my idea of amazing food.  Added to soup, or on top of toast with barely a sauté is amazing too.  Oh, then there is folded into omelets, frittatas, and sprinkled on top of pizza.  Well, you get the point.  I still have some kale, chard, and collard greens in the garden, but they are looking a little rough this time of year.  I may cover them with straw and see if I can extend their season.  However, insurance is in the window.

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Pick up some seeds from your garden center and grow your own!  I so carefully planted a packet of spinach and one of kale in a pot and placed it on the shelf in the window covered with a zip lock bag so it could germinate greenhouse style.  (I put a five foot folding table in front of the south window then place a tiered shelf on the table to add space for more pots.)  Ichabod Crane (who loves trouble) knocked the whole pot over in his failed attempt to jump onto the shelf.  Fresh potting soil, and sadly, seeds were everywhere!  I was pretty mad, the cats hid from my yelling for awhile.  After I vacuumed the soil up, I replanted the pot with chard and lettuce and moved it to the west window away from furry monsters.

Frankie (the orange tabby) and Ichabod enjoy a lively game of chess.
Frankie (the orange tabby) and Ichabod enjoy a lively game of chess.

I loosely cover the pot with plastic of some sort, saran wrap or even a freezer bag, until the seeds germinate.  Keep the pots moist but don’t wash away the seeds!  In no time at all you will be harvesting baby greens for your meals.  That burst of chlorophyll enlivening your body.  After you get the greens going, they like water every third day or so in the house.

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To my surprise there are seedlings coming up everywhere in the south window!  In the Rosemary pot, in the tomatoes…seems greens really want to grow.  It’s easy to get your own indoor garden growing!   Just don’t let the cats help.

6 thoughts on “Greens in the Window (and helpful cats)

    1. That is Clara. She would like to be a jungle cat. She is disabled and cannot jump onto tables or chairs. She is also cross eyed! So, when I backed the couch up to the table and therefore the window sill, well, she is feeling like a “real” kitty now!

  1. Great idea! I would do that too, if I lived where it was cold enough to need too. We love our garden-fresh greens all winter, and eat them nearly daily!

      1. For as little care as we give it, it is! With the climate here they are almost self-growing. And that’s good news for knees and back!

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