Pardon our long hiatus, we are finally back and we have a line up of really cool and exciting new vegan products, food haunts and our trip to NYC, Penang and India to share with you guys! First post back, we have to share is this really unique non-GMO and heirloom seeds of cherry tomatoes, mini bell peppers, greens and herbs that are easy to grow and would be ideal for small gardens by Lynseed Organics created by Lynsey, a 100% non-GMO and heirloom seeds online store. We got to know her virtually on Instagram as @freakyfreaky. If you ever wanted to grow your own herbs and plants just like we do you have to try this brand!
Having moved to our new place last December, we have been experimenting on planting our own flowers and herbs but to no avail they always end up not growing or dry up really quickly. Hence, we were initially sceptical about growing anything ourselves. Guess what, we were proven wrong that having green fingers does come easy and the rewards can be really amazing! (Scroll down to see our harvest). Lynsey made a special trip to our home and did a live demonstration on steps to start planting. She also gave us tips on what seeds grow best in our climate.
Easy to grow:
Greens – Rockets, Extra Dwarf Pak Choy and Tang Ho
Greens are very easy to grow, just evenly space and sow the seeds into a pot or soil. They require a full sun with regular watering. Other than that, greens require very little attention and care.
Herbs – Basil, Chinese Chives, Cilantro, Parsley
Like greens, herbs are easy to grow. They require even less attention and care than greens. I have found that they even grow better when I pay less attention to them! Over watering is one of the top causes for killing the herb plants.
Among the herbs, Chinese Chives are the easiest to grow. You can snip them bald and they grow back even stronger! (plus they taste great in homemade Char Kuey Teow!)
Kale is easy to grow as well. However, it needs more space and would need a larger pot or garden space. If space is an issue, an alternative to gardening is sprouting. Both Kale and Rockets can be grown for its sprouts, as salad or sandwich toppings (like alfalfas or tau guey).
Moderately Easy to Grow:
Mini Red Bell Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes
Both the mini bell peppers and cherry tomatoes grow well in small container pots, but have an additional step. Germinate the seeds in a small pot and let it grow until it has 3-4 true leaves. Then transfer each plant into a pot of its own under full sun. (They both love heat and sun)
Cherry Tomatoes are a little trickier to plant as the flowers may need help with pollination if there are no bees or birds to do so. To pollinate the flowers, just gently shake the flowers daily or so. If you have any used coffee grounds, you can also fertilise the plants with them.
1. Pick a herb or plant you like from Lynseed range of heirloom seeds! They range from S$4.90 to S$5.90 a packet and comes in bundle sets of S$10.90 with 3 different types of seeds. Each packet comes in an assorted of about 20 or more seeds depending on the size of the seed.
2. Pick a deep clean pot
Step 3: Peel tea bag sachets (you can get them at Daiso) open and layer them on the bottom of your pot to contain your soil and retain moisture after watering.
Step 4: Use only organic soil (they can be found in most nursery in Singapore) and fill it about 1/2 to 3/4 full in each pot.
This was the brand we used! It was odourless and was really fine and smooth. We bought the biggest packet and it could cover 4-5 pots of varying sizes.
Step 5: We used pre-soaked seeds (soaked a day before, and they looked like chia seeds!) and started to evenly distribute it all around the pot. Once that is done, slightly cover the seeds with some soil around it and pour a cup of water in each pot making sure the soil is damp. We watered our plants daily in the mornings and in less than a week….
Our seeds started sprouting and looking really cute!
And in less than 1 month time, look at our harvest!!! It was so green, so lush and we cooked it right away and they tasted so fresh! We cannot exclaim how easy and cool this whole process was like and we urge everyone to plant their own organic heirloom garden and harvest in the goodness in these heirloom seeds.
Follow Lynseed Organics on Instagram (@lynseedorganics) to get the latest updates or visit her website to find out more.We want to thank Lynsey for this great opportunity to learn so much and for giving us a chance to build our own garden:)