Re-growing things for the garden

Recently, I saw a tip on Pinterest that said you could grow your own celery at home, not with seeds, but by planting the root end in some soil. So just for fun, I threw some dirt in a pot, and stuck the end in about an inch or so down. Note I did not soak the end in water overnight as is directed in a lot of posts. Within 3 days I had little green leaves. Above is what my plant looks like after 17 days. I think that is pretty impressive growth, and even if you have no interest in growing your own celery, it would make a great science project for little ones based up how quickly it grows.

Here is a great website that lists a total of 5 foods that you can re-grow, I bet there are others too. Green onions are next on my list to try.  5 Foods

Gardening Tip- Large Planters

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Photo courtesy of Darren Hester’s photostream on Flickr

My friend Janel shared a great tip with me this morning that I would like to pass along.

In her large planters outside her front porch, instead of filling them completely with soil (which is expensive, and makes them SO HEAVY and hard to move) she re-uses packing peanuts!

She loosely fills a kitchen size  trash bag with the packing peanuts and places it in the bottom of her pots, and then fills the rest with soil.

NOTE:  If your peanuts are the environmentally friendly kind, you must double bag them before putting them in the pot, as any moisture will cause them to melt, 🙂

For you gardeners

Stephanie from Keeper of the Home is getting excited about gardening, its time to order seeds!

Buying seeds for your garden

It’s that time already! (Does that excite you or scare you?)

 If you’re planning a garden for the spring, now is definitely the time to start deciding which seeds you will buy, and go ahead and order them. Many warm weather seedlings, like peppers and tomatoes, need a really good jump on the growing season (6-8 weeks minimum) unless you live somewhere very warm. That means being prepared to plant some of your seedlings by the end of February or beginning of March.

Ordering online or from a seed catalogue will usually require a 2-4 week wait for your seeds to arrive (always double check when ordering). Considering it’s the middle of January, I’d say it’s time to get moving, wouldn’t you? 🙂

Click on the link above for some things to consider as you decide on your garden this year.