Last fall I planted my first cover crop. Like most urban gardeners, I thought cover crops were only for large scale farms. Farms like my granddaddy tended that were acres and acres wide. So I was surprised to learn that cover crops are perfect for urban gardens like yours and mine.
I bet you’ve heard the term ‘true leaves’ tossed around in the gardening community like common every day jargon. But if you’re new to gardening, the term may not be as obvious as experienced gardeners may think. Recognizing true leaves on your tiny seedlings and understanding what to do when they appear is critical to the success of your seed starting efforts.
I gain a lot of inspiration from my fellow gardeners on Instagram and Facebook. Over the summer, I saw so many fellow gardeners on Instagram re-growing veggies like celery, onions and leafy greens from kitchen scraps. Yep, the base of the stalk that normally gets tossed into the compost bin can be regrown into another plant. It looked so simple, yet such a fun experiment!
Recently, I picked up a bunch of komatsuna greens from the farmer’s market. I had never even heard of komatsuna before, but their deep green color and sturdy looking leaves caught my eye as I walked by. A large bunch was only $3, so I couldn’t resist giving this newbie a try.
Typically, I sauté my leafy greens in a little extra virgin olive oil, with sea salt, garlic and few spices. So naturally I did the same for the komatsuna. OMG! These were the most delicious greens I had ever prepared. Sadly I only bought one bunch. But, I knew I could try to grow more using the steps I had seen others follow to regrow veggies from scraps.
How to regrow kitchen scraps
- Save the base of the stalk from celery, green onions, or leafy greens.
- Sit the base in a shallow container filled with clean water.
- Place the container in a windowsill or an area that gets plenty of sunlight.
- Change the water every other day.
- Watch leaves emerge from the center of the stalk.
- Watch roots grow from the base of the stalk.
- Once roots are long and healthy looking, transplant to organic soil.
This was experiment was really amazing to watch unfold. Save your kitchen veggie scraps and give it a try!
Peace and zen,
If you love fresh garlic in soups, stews and stir-fry dishes, but have never experienced growing your own, you are missing out. Garlic is one of the easiest and most rewarding veggies an urban gardener can grow. Here are the key tips you need to know to before planting your very first garlic crop!