Archive for May 2nd, 2016

CC1It is May already and I just realized I have been remiss in reporting on my container garden for this season. Well, the good news is that I started a few weeks ago with some seeds and the great products of Jiffy, like their tomato starter greenhouse (right).

About Jiffy products:

“Founded in 1950, Jiffy is “the brand” trusted in seed starting. Jiffy products are used by most professional and experienced growers around the world. It is quite simply the best and most recognized seed starter name in the world.”

I expanded the seed pods and planted a bunch of seeds including tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, squash, and a variety of peppers – all things I have had success with in the past. I also started a few different varieties of sunflowers, heck, I live in Kansas, the Sunflower State.


A little later in the season I will purchase a few more mature plants from a local nursery to expand my final 2016 garden.

Watch for updates on my progress all season long.

rastroI have not been to Spain since my youth, but I am longing to go back only if to visit Madrid’s rambling Sundays-only market, El Rastro – which is now officially on my bucket list. Well, if I had a bucket list, but yeah, who would not want to visit the largest open-air street market in Europe?

About Madrid’s El Rastro Market: “A Sunday morning at El Rastro is a Madrid institution. You could easily spend an entire morning inching your way down the Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores and through the maze of streets that hosts El Rastro flea market every Sunday morning. Cheap clothes, luggage, old flamenco records, even older photos of Madrid, faux designer purses, grungy T-shirts, household goods and electronics are the main fare. For every 10 pieces of junk, there’s a real gem (a lost masterpiece, an Underwood typewriter) waiting to be found. Antiques are also a major drawcard for traders and treasure hunters alike with a concentration of stores at Nuevas Galerías and Galerías Piquer ; most of the shops open 10am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm Monday to Saturday and not all open during El Rastro.”

Find everything you need to know about El Rastro (in Spanish) here.

Learn more about Madrid’s El Rastro Market (in English) here.