Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Growing Spring Veggies

Our local nursery and colorful inspiration

A warm hello from Kansas! Spring has brought a new adventure into my life this year. One involving many hours in the sunshine and dirt. Yes, gardening! There's just something wonderful about watching tiny plants grow -- and serving up delicious veggies straight from the garden. Alan was very ambitious this spring and tilled over 2,000 square ft of garden space in our backyard. Thus far, we have it about half planted and are daily cheering for the tiny plants to grow!

Our smaller, salad garden. This picture was taken 2 weeks ago
and its amazing how much everything has grown since then!
As I mentioned, this is a fairly new project for both of us, so I feel as if we have bushel-loads of ambition and energy...but still have lots to learn. Thankfully, both our moms are available for expert advice! I'm sure I'll be uploading more garden-related posts in the future, but for now, I thought I'd share with you a brilliant tip I learned from my family: growing fresh plants from waste! Here's the scoop: 

When cutting store-bought romaine lettuce (or celery)
leave the bottom 2-3 inches intact.

Submerge the stubs in (approx.) half inch of water
 and set in the sunshine for a few weeks.

Eventually, new foliage will emerge and you're ready to plant it in the soil.

Water the plant generously, and within a couple weeks 
you should be ready for a garden-fresh salad!

The best part?! Having a lush, green garden growing in your windowsill as you wait for the coming of spring. Oh, the joys of new growth and life! What's growing in your garden these days?!

"...grow in the grace and knowledge 
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
To Him be the glory both now and forever. 
2 Peter 3:18


Anonymous said...

I have heard of doing this with green onions too,. Happy gardening.

Anonymous said...

Well, my Spring growing just consists of a trip to the library, research, plans, and hopes! My dad and I are hoping on some home-grown herbs, but due to Indiana's hot-then-cold (to the point of frost overnight some nights) weather, we're still waiting it out! :) Hopefully we'll get 'em planted soon. I don't have any garden experience, so I'm startin' small. Your garden looks wonderful!

Caravan Sonnet said...

Rachel! I love seeing posts about growing spring veggies- it looks so yummy. :) I hadn't heard that about the celery or the lettuce and I definitely will have to try this in the future!
:) Thanks for sharing!
:) Rebecca

Kelly said...

Wow! I am going to try this! :)

Amanda said...

I had no idea you could do that with romaine lettuce. All this time and I've been composting the stalks when I could have been growing new yummy lettuce!!

Dart Family said...

My mom just did the lettuce trick too! It's so fun!
So far the gardening has been in a greenhouse filled with about 1000 flats of mostly tomatoes, some marigolds, and cole crops. We grow them for a nursery down the road who sells retail and wholesale. It's fun to get a jump on spring by being in the dirt and sun when it's still cold out!
Glad to see an update from you, Rachel!! =) Happy Spring!

Amanda S. said...

Nice to hear from you, Rachel!

Sarah said...

I really enjoyed the update! I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying such a wonderful life with Alan. We are in the thick of spring gardening here in Michigan as well! Its fun to hear of others who are working hard on garden plants as well. :)

9Browns said...

wow! I had never heard of growing the bottoms of romaine again! that is great; We go through a lot of lettuce and the chickens usually get the leftovers. : )
Thanks for the tip...

Joan Brown

Anonymous said...

That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing that. I will defenitely be trying it. Speaking of gardening, have any of you seen or heard about Back to Eden? It's about a Christian man who explains how God taught him to garden, and how much he has learned about the character of God in his gardening. It is very, very inspiring and has changed my whole outlook and methods of gardening. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have. I love your family, keep up the great work!!
God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks, I am going to try this!:-) Margriet

Anonymous said...

Wow, neat idea!
Can I ask what the rubber bands are for? Do the leaves need to be held together when they get bigger?