21 Sep 2020
Starting a kitchen garden is a great way to reduce food waste, beat the quarantine blues and experience digging up fresh harvest right from your balcony/ backyard. If you have little ones at home, have them pitch in too! They’ll love watching a garden come to life before them. Here are a few quick, easy and low-maintenance ways to get started using just the leftover odds and ends from your last farmtheory box.
An all-round favourite and a staple in most Indian cooking, tomatoes are as fun to grow as they are to eat. Here’s the rundown :
What you need :
thick tomato slice of any variety
a gardening pot with holes for drainage
vegetable-friendly potting soil
Place your tomato slices into the soil and cover them lightly making sure not to bury them too deep.
Put your pot where it’s moderately sunny and sprinkle them with water (be careful not to drench them or leave them out in the rain).
Be patient. In around a week you should see the beginning of shoots peeking out of the soil and before the fortnight is out you should have strong saplings that can be transferred to a bigger pot where they can grow into healthy plants.
A dash of lemongrass in your tea is enough to liven up any morning and coriander is the go-to favourite to add to Naans or to garnish off the Kadai Paneer in the Indian kitchen.
For both these delectable greens simply leave the leftover stalks in water for 3-4 days, changing the water every day until you begin to see the beginning of shoots and roots. Once the roots are around 4-5 cm long, replant them in a bigger pot with a bed of healthy soil where they’ll have more room to grow.
These plants are exceptionally low maintenance as they are self-propagating and new plants will start growing by the side of existing stalks. You should have a blooming bed of scented lemongrass in about 4-5 months and then you can head out to your windowsill at your fancy and grab up a few leaves to spruce up your cooking.
This one is a classic that we’ve all experimented with in Junior Science Lab. Instead of beelining for the trash, place your leftover carrot tops in a shallow dish containing water with their bottoms halfway submerged. Place your dish by a sunny window and change the water every other day. In a week or two, you should see sprouted shoots, at which point its ready for your carrot top to head for a roomier abode in a pot with vegetable growing soil.
On Side: Did you know: Your farmtheory boxes come with packets of seeds that would make great additions to your vegetable gardens.
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