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April Guerilla Gardener

 The Kitchen Scrap Garden Project 

In Celebration of Earth Day April 22th

 Share the cycle of produce from the soil to market,
to the dinner table, back to the Earth and back on the dinner table!

Step 1

Collect your “Kitchen Scraps” for planting. If possible, try to use local /organic produce to ensure the re-grown vegetables will be healthy and free from chemical and genetic modifications. The following photos show some of the produce to seek out in the grocery store for re-growing vegetables this time of year.

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Step 2

Stick the saved pieces in a pot of dirt.

Guerilla Garden Scrap Garden pot

Green Onions
Cut off the root(s) leaving about 3-4 inches of the stalk and plant them 2 inches deep directly into your garden or a pot (this literally takes 30 seconds) you will be assured a continuous harvest. Water as required for the first week.

Leeks, Bok Choi, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage
All these vegetables will also re-grow from the white root end. Cut off the bottom root end leaving about 3-4 inches of the stalk, and press the root directly into soil about 2 inches. Keep the soil moist for the first week until the new shoots start to appear.

Celery and Fennel
Cut off the bottom root end leaving about 2-3 inches of the stalk. Place the root end in a bowl, fill with water to1/2 way up the stalk and place near a sunlit window. Remove the outer ribs after about 5 days to encourage more root growth. Once the roots are established, plant the celery in soil, covering the roots and base with about 2 inches of soil. It can then can be transferred to the garden after the May long weekend.
Note:You must keep any dill or cilantro/coriander plants as far from your fennel as possible if you plan on harvesting the fennel seeds or you will end up with very odd-tasting seeds.

Regular Onions
Cut off the root end and leave about 1/2 inch of the onion flesh. Place the roots directly into well-drained soil. Leave most of the onion flesh exposed above the soil, sprouts will appear from the center of he onion. Do not over water or the onion will rot. Onions are ready to harvest in about 60-70 days. They are ready is when the tops start to fall over and die, similar to the garlic. You can use the green tops in cooking.

Lemongrass
To re-grow it place the root end (after you’ve cut the rest off) in a vase with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. The top of the stem must be sticking out or the water. When new growth and roots start to appear transplant the lemongrass into a pot and leave it in a sunny outdoor location. Harvest your lemongrass when the stalks reach around a foot tall – just cut off what you need and leave the plant to keep growing.

 Step 3

Water regularly and watch it grow!

 Guerilla Garden Scrap Garden growing

For more “Kitchen Scrap” garden ideas,
check out the following books:

Don’t Throw It, Grow It!:
68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps
By Deborah Peterson, and Millicent Selsam

“The After-Dinner Gardening Book”
By Richard W. Langer

Brenda Dyck
A Guerilla Gardener on an Adventure

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