Monday, July 25, 2011

Stowing the Seeds of Love

One surprise from our garden this year was how much my husband and I love arugula. It grew fast and easy and was a welcome complement to salads, sandwiches, and just about anything else we could think of. While pulling weeds, I often plucked an arugula leaf or two and munched on them right then and there.

We were sad to see the arugula run its course, but with its demise came the opportunity to learn something new: how to collect arugula seeds. After the leaves had flowered, we saved a bunch and dried it in the sun. Then, we were able to harvest the seeds for our next crop!

The kids helped shuck the tiny seed pods to collect the seeds. We'll store them in a dark, dry place and hopefully plant them again in the fall. It felt like a great way to help the kids understand where their food really comes from. And it whets my appetite for omelets, fritattas, pasta salads and more....

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