Summer Garden [Quarantine Day 60]

I grow plants for many reasons: to please may eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow ~David Hobean

The flowers are blooming and the two days of relentless rain have transformed the dreary grass into a lush green carpet. The Michigan weather is still a bit cool so I no outdoor vegetable garden yet, but I’ve gotten a head-start on my mini-vegetable-garden.

These are the lettuce bottoms from store-bought romaine lettuce. I simply cut the bottoms and stuck them in net cups, and placed them in dollar-store beer glasses filled with water.

Three weeks later, this is how they look today. Aren’t they simply inviting you to take a bite out of them?

Here’s a closer look at one.

I did the same with store-bought green onions – took the bottoms off and stuck them in water. They’ve been growing steadily for the past few weeks and I’ve been using them to top my salads and soups.  The brown round things you see in them are clay pebbles that absorb moisture and help drain water from the roots of the plant.

They were growing so well so I also planted one set of the green onions in soil. Let’s see how they do longterm.

For garlic, I just stuck an entire bulb of garlic in water and it just grew ravenously.

Here’s a closer look.

I also saved the tops of some carrots and stuck them in water too. I wanted to see how these microgreens grow but they too look pretty good and I think I should harvest them soon.

So that’s that. I’ll share more about my gardening adventures once the danger of frost has passed.

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