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GROW A SALAD IN YOUR KITCHEN   Leave a comment

I don’t remember the first time I ever grew a sweet potato vine but I seem to recall it as an experiment in the early years of public school. I have done it many times since as they grow beautiful vines and all you have to do is stick three toothpicks on the top part and put it in a glass of water.

About 10 years ago I took an avocado pit, basically did the same thing and just awhile later I planted it in the ground here at Gateway (see photo above).

About a little over a year ago someone—sorry, I don’t remember who–mentioned about growing celery just by putting the base of store bought celery in a saucer of water. Before I knew it I was growing celery, Romaine and Iceberg lettuce, onions and any other produce I brought home from the supermarket, not only having fun doing it but saving money.

It is really very easy to do and it takes about 5 minutes to ‘grow a garden’ in your kitchen and doesn’t take very long to get results.

I found, in the case of the lettuce, the outside leaves of the original base turn brown but inside they are all green and fresh tasting.

All in all it is as simple as growing herbs and spices on your window sill! Enjoy!

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Posted October 27, 2014 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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As I said last week usually in mid February The Dollar Tree store gets packets of various flower and vegetable seeds, bags of various soil, all kinds of saucers–and I go crazy!!! Heck, the packets are 4 for a dollar or big $2.99 boxes for a dollar so I bought an assortment but—stupid me—the first batch I planted I threw out the covers so I have no idea what will pop up. The seeds I planted last Sunday consisted of marigolds, beets and turnips and within 2 days they were sprouting amazing .

Here are the pictures including those I took today–the ‘nameless’ plants are in the rear boxes. I suppose I should ‘thin’ out the turnips–the middle front pot–but then I am planning a turnip and beet party!!


I love watching plants growing and I will keep you up to date!

Posted March 31, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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TIME TO PLANT, REAP, SOW, HARVEST   Leave a comment

#1  For over 9 years I have kept plants on the walkway outside my door which is out of every one’s way–if we have high wind or hurricane warnings I bring them all into my apartment (which ain’t easy for an old man LOL)—we got  notice in the beginning of February that HUD was going to make an inspection so all of a sudden there was a mad rush to ‘follow the rules’ which meant nothing, not plants, chairs, gnomes, NOTHING on walkways under the threat of being kicked out–we are talking about 70, 80 and 90 year old people here folks–OMG! You would think we were living in a condo!  As you can see in the top left picture–the ‘today’ scene–I cleared my part of the walkway but little pots are appearing again!

#2 I discovered “aqua beads’ in the Dollar Tree store and bought enough for all my plants–they are beads that are re-hydrated with water. Over weeks they slowly lose water through evaporation and as plants drink the water. This re-hydrated process can be repeated many times. You can also get them in color adding a little pizazz.

#3 Usually mid February The Dollar Tree store gets packets of various flower and vegetable, bags of various soil, all kinds of saucers–and I go crazy!!! Heck, the packets are 4 for a dollar or big $2.99 boxes for a dollar so I bought an assortment but—stupid me—the first batch I planted I threw out the covers so I have no idea what will pop up.

#6 The first planting on March 10

#4  The same on March 20

#5  The seeds I planted today consisting of marigolds, beets and radishes

#7 Put them on the walkway with the others.

Right now—forgot to post them–I have a pot on my sill of marigolds that have buds showing–will wait until they flower and post them.

This whole seed to bloom really amazes me–can’t wait for my first radish!!!

Posted March 24, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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