Saturday, March 14, 2015

Growing food in the Comfort of our Home And The Things I learned

One of my dreams is to grow edible plants that I can use for my everyday cooking. To be able to go outside our house and harvest a pesticide-free vegetables.The idea of harvesting instead of buying makes me want to try and try again even though I failed several times. To me, gardening is a waiting game because according to Liberty Hyde Bailey "A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them."
The reason that I prolong to start gardening is, I thought I need tons of supplies. I was wrong. You only need the basics: Soil-less potting mix, pots, water and sunshine and you're good to go.

The Things I learned

Grow Basil from stem cuttings. If you want a regular supply of fresh basil readily available for you to harvest, you need to learn the art of stem cutting. This technique saves you money and teaches you to be extra patient (which I failed to do) in waiting for a longer and thicker new roots before planting it in soil. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. This idiom can also be apply to gardening. As you can see below, my basil was very much happy and growing in its original container. I should have just left it alone. Maybe my basil would still be alive. 

Regrow foods from scraps. All along I thought that leftover or scrap vegetables have no used except making it into a fertilizer. I can actually regrow store bought spring onions, as long as they have a little bit of root left on each plant. I just put it into a container with a little bit of water leaving the stem out of the water. After a few days, it begins to grow. I Just wait for a longer and thicker new roots before I planted it in soil. 

Plants need space to grow. They outgrow their pots. Transferring to a larger container or replanting it in the ground outside gives it more space to grow. 
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.-Gertrude Jekyll


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