Seeds & Sprouts

A family-friendly blog about gardening, cooking & more.

Five Fun Meals Using Seasonal, Winter Veggies

Written by: Larissa Holland   "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." – William Blake   Let’s face it… no matter how adaptable you are, the winter months test us all. The shorter days paired with extended periods of darkness, the absurdly...

April Gardening Calendar

April showers bring May flowers. That's what they say, and sure enough, spring rains are important for our gardens. If you didn't get to start seeds in March, then April is the time to begin, and no, you're not behind! My motto with seed starting is "Always better...

Growing to Learn

This last year has been tough for every human both young and old. As winter comes to a close, and we hope life moves closer to normal once again, planning a garden experience for you and your children might be the perfect pandemic remedy. You’ve probably heard that...

It’s March, and It’s Seed Starting Time!

It's best to start seeds that need lots of time to get going, like parsley, celery, onions, and leeks; or seeds that love the cold weather, like broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce. Vegetables that love the hot weather can wait a little to be started. You...

Maple Syrup

It's March! And it's mud season. The temperatures are warming, the sun is stronger, and spring officially starts this month. The first harvest of the year is maple sap! In Late February or early March, when the night temperatures are below freezing, and the day time...

All about those Microgreens!

Winter in Downeast Maine can be cold, grey, and usually, not a time to be sowing seeds; however, you can still have a winter garden experience with microgreens. They are seeds of many commonly grown plants that are harvested as soon as they develop their first real...

How To Make Bean Sprouts

Grow bean sprouts to get some good vitamins in the winter. You can sprout alfalfa seeds, mung beans, wheat berries, and lentils. Add sprouts to salads or soups or munch on them for a snack. John Edwards Market in Ellsworth carries these beans.  Here's what you do: put...

Terrariums

This is a great time of year to plant an ‘indoor garden’ or terrarium. For older children, it’s a perfect opportunity to learn about the water cycle, condensation, respiration. A closed terrarium is its own biosphere: some terrariums have stayed closed and alive for a...

Encourage Feathered Friends

Winter is a great time to encourage feathered friends to the garden! One easy way to do this is to install bird feeders around your garden and property. Looking for some simple bird feeder ideas? Why not a pine cone feeder? If you know where there are some pine trees,...

Winter Gardening Tasks

Winter Gardening Tasks   Grow a bulb in a pot inside-- like an amaryllis or white narcissus--it brings color into the winter months! Grow bean sprouts to get some good vitamins in the winter. You can sprout alfalfa seeds, mung beans, wheat berries, and lentils....

About

Seeds & Sprouts is gardening and cooking blog for families learning how to grow, cook, and eat nutritious, healthy food. This blog is collaboratively run by WHRL and the Community Caring Collaborative, and blog posts are written by volunteers!

Larissa Holland

Contributor

Larissa loves hiking the Maine coast, hosting dinner parties, and centering her work on the intersection of community health, affordable housing and climate justice. Having grown up in Washington County and raised by generations of seasonal laborers, Larissa is very proud to volunteer with WHRL. Her favorite vegetable is a yam!

Elin MacKinnon

Contributor

Elin is a consultant for the Community Caring Collaborative and is a driving force behind Seeds & Sprouts and the Downeast Family Gardens project. She has over 30 years of experience as a clinical social worker working with Maine children and families, is a horticultural therapist and an avid gardener!