Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It's About Thyme

Sprouted thyme, February 2, 2002
The Race to Sprout winner is......

Just 4 days after planting, this is what the terra-cotta pot looked like.

I opened the plastic bag  to let air circulate and prevent "damping off" and put it back on top of the refrigerator with it's herbal sisters (Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary) so that it could bask in warmth for a bit longer.

Yesterday, Jim advised that if sprouts are kept too warm they grow too fast and become weak and leggy. The plants had already more than doubled in height, so I moved their home from its cozy environment to a cooler, yet sunnier, spot on the kitchen table. It has the huge picture window with a view of the Gibson Outback to look at as a goal to move to come warmer weather.

For now, it simply warms my spirit to have helped bring the seeds to life, and to imagine the yummy food that this humble pot of thyme will enhance.

Yesterday, one sprig of Rosemary made an appearance. I followed the same procedure as I did with the thyme...opened the plastic bag that covered the pot to let air circulate, yet put it back in hibernation on top of the fridge to let it incubate for a bit longer until it gets a good foothold in the soil.

Have you started any seeds yet, 'just for fun'? Are they growing?

Marcheta * Y:)M

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