Tuesday, May 22, 2012

sustainable scraps: vegetable gardening with *17 apart* {GREEN ONIONS}


Hey there! We are Tim and Mary from 17 Apart — our little corner of the blog world where we love to share the things that make us tick, diy projects, recipes, the antics of our 2 year old weimaraner puppy, and a few surprises from time to time. We hope you’ll stop by and join our adventure.

tim & mary of 17 apart


about the sustainable scraps series: In our constant quest to live and eat in a more sustainable fashion, we have become big fans of learning to grow many different types of foods organically. After moving from a home with a big yard and lots of ground space for our garden, we then moved into a house in the heart of the city (Hey there, fellow Richmonders!) with no yard. Since then, we’ve been forced to think creatively to find vertical solutions in order to grow the same vegetables we once grew in the ground — and now find ourselves with a thriving container garden.

Through this creative gardening challenge, we’ve come across several other ways to grow vegetables both indoors and out right from the scraps of their previous counterparts. We’ve learned how resilient plants can be and we’re really amazed at how all they want to do is thrive to grow. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing examples of the vegetables we’ve been able to successfully re-grow into new food and beautiful houseplants.
{part 2} : regrowing green onions 

Regrowing Green Onions
The growing project we’re excited to share with you today is actually what sparked our entire journey into exploring how to regrow vegetables from their scraps — and it couldn’t be simpler.

It all started with green onions — if you simply snip what you need from the tops of bunch you bought at the store and place the rest root side down in a small jar of water near a sunny window, the chopped onions will begin to regenerate themselves almost immediately. No joke, it’s like a magic trick.

Here's a shot of some of the green onions with 2 that we chopped down to the roots. See the two nubs off to the side there in the left shot:

This is what they looked like not even 2 days (left) and 4 days (right) later as they literally regrew themselves:

And not even a week later, this is what we had going on; you can barely tell the difference between the ones we originally cut and the ones we let be (which also doubled in size after sitting in the sunny jar of water):

You’ll notice the roots regenerating themselves as well:

By refreshing the water every few days, we found over time we were able to use and regenerate the same bunch of onions at least 3 times over before they began to weaken in taste. Another solution for taking this little trick to the next level is in simply planting the bunch in a small container of soil. Continue to chop and regenerate while the onions continue to get the needed nourishment they need from soil, sun and water — grow, chop, use & repeat indefinitely!

Re-growing green onions is a great little experiment to get your feet wet in the gardening department — it’s also a quick time and money saver along with a great project to try out with your kids.

thanks ever-so-much, tim & mary! 
thrilled at how very much all of you nicies ADORED their 1st fabulous post on regrowing celery!
so delighted to have you nicies on the blog (we're all such fans of your fabulous DIY & handcrafted lives.) peek at tim & mary's  beautiful new home, their gorgeous doggie Basil, & an abundance of mouth-watering recipes as a wee little intro to these inspiring handmaking superstars.
& be sure to tune in soon for the next installment of the 17 apart series: 
sustainable scraps!
what are you growing these days, nicies? 
we'd love to hear!

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