Resprouting Vegetables: Part 1

Do you ever wish you had a magically inexhaustible supply of food? Well, for some crops, that’s _almost_ possible.

Celery and carrots are amazing vegetables: they’re delicious, high in nutrients, and staples in much of our cooking. As if that weren’t enough, these powerhouses have one more gift to give us: with just a little bit of help, they’ll regenerate, and grow a whole new crop from the parts we usually send to the compost heap! I experimented with interplanting carrot tops (connected to a small amount of carrot) in the middle of celery bases on 8” centers in our kitchen garden, and they’re doing beautifully! In this manner neither seeds or seedlings are needed—just the refuse from the veggies you eat! They produce full-sized carrots and celery! Next, I’m going to try onions and cabbage.

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A celery base and carrot tops, ready for planting.
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Interplanted celery and carrots, grown from the bases and tops I saved from the kitchen.

Indoor and Container Gardening Inspiration

Feeling the stir of spring in your veins? Wishing you could grow something but you don’t have the space? Then this post is for you!!

Indoor/container/balcony gardening is a great way to enjoy spring in an apartment, with very young children, if you experience mobility challenges, or if you just enjoy having a garden as a roommate! There are a lot of resources out there, but I have found the following books fun for their indoor/micro-scale gardening possibilities. They are both available on Amazon, but you can also probably find them on your favorite online bookstore, or you can order them from your favorite brick and mortar store! I hope you enjoy them, too.

  • The Apartment Farmer by Duane Newcomb — both editions. The first edition is out of print, but your local library’s Inter-Library Loan Service should be able to access it for you for a small charge. The first edition has lots of tips for balcony-type applications and even lists a variety of small sweet corn that can be grown well in just 8”-deep growing boxes. The second edition – which is available online in paperback – focuses on mainly indoor applications.
  • Growing Tasty Tropical Plants (olive lemons, limes, citrons, grapefruit, kumquats, sunquats, Tahitian oranges, Barbados cherries, figs, guavas, dragon fruit miracle berries, olives, passion fruit, coffee, chocolate, tea, black pepper, cinnamon, vanilla and more…) — in any home, anywhere by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin, owners of of Logee’s Tropical Plants (www.logees.com).  The size of your home will define how many of these delicious and exotic plants you can grow, but the possibilities are exciting. This book is available online, and comes with beautiful color photos and detailed instructions.

Good luck and happy gardening!

Soul of Soil

A couple of years ago, I wrote this piece to share my hope and enthusiasm for the simple, vital act of growing the Earth in harmony with the gentle and powerful forces at work in Nature. Beautifully illustrated by Judy Chance Hope, this is a letter from my heart to the world.

Here’s an excerpt:


The industrial revolution is based on “fire”—and we are “burning
up” the planet.

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
~Henry David Thoreau

In Silence, You can Hear More.
~Henry David Thoreau

It is Time to Listen.

We can choose to work with the most powerful energy source on
the Earth—photosynthesis.

Let’s take the Green Path. It provides a balanced reasonable
planetary temperature. In fact, properly applied, it can be the solution to
climate change.

Our greatness lies not
so much in being able
to remake the World,
as in being able to remake ourselves.
~Gandhi

We need to experience this life-giving Force. As we heal ourselves, so
will the planet consist of thriving resilient sustainable mini-ecosystems.

Be the first neighborhood in your area to have one.


You can download the whole piece by clicking here (~8MB PDF).