But for now I am satisfied with bringing a little of the outside into my kitchen. I read about never ending celery and onions, so I thought I would try it. Basically the idea is that you cut the roots off of spring onions and celery and place them in water until they start to grow roots. I haven't bought any green onions yet, so I have been trying it with bulb onions, leeks, and celery. And it seems to be going pretty well. Check it out.
|The first day after I cut the stalk off.|
|Same leek, same day, different view.|
|Here it is about 10 days later.|
|Here is it now, after 3 weeks.|
|Here it is with a second leek.|
The onions are not working as well. To be fair, I haven't read anything that said it would work with bulb onions. But I tried anyway. One onion was already growing in the pantry and too squishy to use so I put it in water. Then I have put the root end of the bulb onions that I am cooking with in water probably eight times. Two of them have grown roots. One of those two got moldy before I put it in dirt
|Onion with roots and green growth|
|Squishy onion in water|
|Here they are planted. I'm still wondering if they will survive.|
I also planted a pot of herbs to put on my windowsill.
|Seed growth after 1 week, two green sprouts. They are hard to see here.|
|Seed growth now, after 3 weeks.|
I am on a very limited budget, so I am trying to get as much food to plant for spring and summer harvest without a lot of up front cost. I purchased some seeds from Seeds of Change at Walmart. I also had some lettuce seeds from Baker Heirloom Seeds. So I started some lettuce, broccoli, spinach, and spring onions in egg cartons. I really don't know much about starting seeds, so I am a little worried that the lettuce might be leggy.
Now we have 4 inches of snow on the ground and the kids are all out of school, but I am itching for spring so I can get these plants in the ground and start some direct sown seeds. I also really like Smart Gardener because it gives me a plan for planting and tells me what to do when as far as planting, fertilizing, and watering. And I am going to need as much help as I can get.