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I have been rather wrapped up in life lately. Torn between having too much to write about and not knowing where to begin. So where should I begin?

Last week we went out into the garden and pulled some really great crops. This is our first time gardening and we are all enjoying it. We purposefully planted crops that we wouldn’t normally eat alongside the veggies we do enjoy, just to expand our pallets. I was a die hard picky eater as a child and I am determined not to have picky kids. Just try everything! It’s my new motto and has always been theirs.

My son who is eight has embraced all kinds of food from a very early age. He’s the kid, who at three tried- and LIKED- calamari. He liked it even after we joked he was eating Squidward. He loves shrimp and every fruit that has ever been introduced. At the first sign of veggies in the garden he asked if he could pick them and eat them! I even caught him stealing pea pods and munching.

My daughter is a different story. It could be her age- she’s five now- but she isn’t as adventurous with her food. She likes the typical kid things. She is her mother’s daughter, it seems.

Healthy home grown veggies after cleaning and awaiting our taste test

So together we all made a pact. Whatever we grew we would all try. And that’s exactly what we did this weekend. We brought in three cucumbers, three yellow squash, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, a gypsy pepper and one jalapeno. We had a smaller harvest on the fourth of July with two gypsy peppers and two jalapenos, but those went to my dad instead. So this is our big haul and it was experimentation time.

We all like cucumbers, so that one was a no-brainer. None of us had ever tried squash before and I am not a pepper person. I don’t even like the smell of peppers. Here we were, in the kitchen chopping everything into bite size pieces to enjoy our home grown bounty.

Everything was a big hit. We all learned something that day, I think. My daughter learned that you don’t have to like things, but you have to try them to know for sure. She ended up snacking on the squash and cucumber for some time. My son, well, he liked everything, even the jalapeno which is a big deal since he isn’t a fan of spicy things at all. I learned that I still don’t love cherry tomatoes, that peppers aren’t terrible and that squash is kinda delicious. My husband, he learned that we grow a mean jalapeno! We could feel the heat on our tongues almost an hour after our taste test and that was AFTER we removed the ribs and seeds from the little guy.

We are all slowly coming around and learning to appreciate the foods we eat. Since then, we have given a squash and cucumber to our neighbors who were thrilled with how gigantic the crops were! There was a real pride in sharing our food with their family, too.

As I write this the sky is threatening to rain, which is great considering how hot and dry it has been around here. We are just a few days our from having another even larger haul from the garden.

We really couldn’t be more excited!

Lauryn

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If, like myself, you are obsessed with Pinterest then you have probably seen this picture:

Or this one

 

 

 

The picture of the celery on the left and the green onions on the right have both been regrown by replanting part of the existing plant.  And this is way cool. Why? It’s called permaculture and it is all the rage with the crunchy people and organi-freaks like me. It was such a nifty idea my daughter and I planted a left over stalk of celery in a pot on the deck and within a week we saw growth. That’s a two for one right there. Regrowing something for absolutely free and teaching my daughter how to care for her very own plant (since we had been using the majority of that celery to feed her bunny, Ninja). Sustainability. C’est ce bon!

Doing this project and the easy at which it all came together got me to thinking; what else can be regrown from discarded plant parts?

And so the research began! There are just so many veggies and fruits that can be regrown. Where was this information all of my life? Don’t you find this life changing? No, well fine. I admit to getting excited over the little things.

Here is what I have found so far.

Master list of plants that can be propagated from planting parts of the plants:

  • Parsnips
  • Parsley
  • Carrots
  • Shallots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Pineapple
  • Horseradish
  • Bok choy
  • Strawberries
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Artichokes

I am certain there are more plants out there that have this same, seemingly magical, ability. So before you run to the compost pile or bin, run to the dirt. Get a little messy and let me know how it goes. I know I am dying to try all of these out myself and find more. I will update this list as I come across ideas, too!

Happy permaculturing,

Lauryn

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