Let’s face it…
There is not much to do in the garden in January – even in my Arizona garden where this morning it was a chilly 21 degrees.
So during the winter, I like to do some indoor gardening projects. I am very excited about my latest project – growing plants from vegetable scraps. I wrote about my inspiration and what I will planting last week “An Unorthodox Winter Gardening Project”.
One of the things that I like about this project is that I already had everything I needed:
- planting mix (or potting soil)
- vegetable scraps
Before planting anything, I filled my pots with planting mix and then watered the soil in each pot until it was thoroughly moistened. This will make the seeds easier to germinate.
First, I decided to plant seeds from an uncooked green bean.
I carefully split the bean along the seam. Don’t use a knife and cut it in half because you will split the seeds.
Next, plant each seed 1-inch apart and a 1/2-inch deep in a container filled with moist planting mix.
Then add soil over the top and tamp down lightly. I will use a spray bottle filled with water to keep the soil moist.
So, you might wonder if I am growing these green beans hoping to get some new beans to develop. The answer is no. What I am looking forward to seeing is the pretty leaves and flowers form on my plant.
Now for the next container…
If you are anything like me, you enjoy a hot bowl of delicious soup on a cold winter’s day. Lentils are great in soup and also make an attractive plant. So, I pulled out some uncooked lentils for this next pot.
I scattered them over the surface of the soil and covered them with 1/4-inch of soil. Like the beans, I watered them using a spray bottle filled with water so that I wouldn’t disturb the soil.
For the next pot, I had to head out into the cold and grab a radish from my vegetable garden…
I cut off the top and then planted the entire radish into the soil, leaving to top exposed.
I know that it looks a little funny right now. But radishes are supposed to grow a bunch of leaves quickly and if I’m lucky, it will even flower.
All I have to do now is to keep the soil moist and place them in a sunny windowsill.
You might be wondering where my inspiration for this project comes from. Well, I grew carrot tops last year. They were attractive and even produced attractive flowers. It was easy to do and my kids loved it. I liked that I had a pretty green plant growing in the middle of winter. So, I found the book “Don’t Throw It, Grow It” 68 Windowsill Plants From Kitchen Scraps” by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam. The book is filled with tons of ideas of plants you can grow indoors from kitchen scraps.
I’ve got three pots planted and have two left to go. Come back and visit on Friday, when I will show you the last two plants that I planted.
**I will keep you updated on how my indoor gardening project is doing. Better yet, why don’t you join me?