Based on our “adopted” son Pete’s most simplistic gardening theory (basically plant the seed of anything, or anything with a seed…also anything that starts to grow a root, like an old potato) which has been working beautifully for him, I went super cheap and super simple in starting this year’s garden. Between the new version of the white fly, which is wreaking havoc on our trees, I didn’t want to invest too much money or energy in what might be a total flop of a season. I bought some lettuce, tomato and herb seeds, and stuck em right in the ground. They seem to be growing, but what I really fell in love with watching grow this season is something everyone with a child should plant, whether you use them or not….scallions. But not from seed or plant, from the root of the scallion. Just cut and use your scallions from the store, and then when you get to the bottom part (I use the bottom inch or so) just plant it in the ground, roots down. Water regularly and within a few days, you’ll see scallions re-growing out of the soil What a great way to watch Mother Nature in action without spending any extra money.
EVERYTHING that grows out of the ground, or on trees, is chock full of vitamins and minerals…even the little scallion It a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese. And one thing I have learned about kids and adults alike, is that if you grow it yourself, you will almost always like it, even if you didn’t before! Vegetable gardening is a great way to get your family to eat theirs!
Make it a great Vegan Thursday. Eat kind, be kind!
I love your garden ideas. I have a very simple one to share, also. I love sweet potatoes and I enjoy “rooting” a sweet potato in a cup of water. Just insert toothpicks around the sweet potato and place it ihalf water into the water. The toothpicks will keep it from falling into the water. After several weeks, roots develop and then the leaves sprout. Once leaves have sprouted, transfer it into the ground. Before you know it, you will be harvesting your own sweet potatoes. This was a yearly project that I did with my students when I taught elementary school. It is fun….healthy and oh so good to eat!!!
Thanks, Rita…Pete did that and has been digging out his own sweets…I am going to get one in water, right now!
Judith Amberson says
our garden has already started to bloom. we even put a corn cob directly in the soil-now it’s begun to sprout.
Wow, Judy! That’s pretty cool. Who would think it? Thanks for sharing.