Yesterday my mom and I went to Lowe’s Hardware Store to stock up on our plant food and I was amazed and pleased to see this wall of soil. It seems a lot of folks are planting and the demand for plants and planting items have drastically increased.
I have been seeking some onion plants so I keep checking, none so far.
As avid planters, we have never seen this much soil being stocked or sold. The gardening section is currently one of the busiest at the stores.
Apparently many of us are returning our roots and in the process finding joy in the work of our hands, watching them grow and eating healthier in the process.
Plus our kids get to help while learning how to doing new things, which will serve them well in the future.
Planting is also great for our mental health.
Yellow Squash flowering.
Isn’t this just lovely to watching things grow?
So WP folks, please show us some pictures of your gardens…
My mother is the 3rd child and the first girl in her family of nine (9) children. She comes from a line of farmers.
Her father was a rice-farmer that primarily mass-produced rice for selling, but supplemented his income by farming other vegetables for everyday use.
He also raised cattle, sheep, pigs, a pond with fish while my grandmother raised chickens as meat birds, layers for eggs and yard chickens or free-range fowl.
The rice farm was located about six (6) miles from the home and during crop season my grandpa would often stay at his farm.
My mother’s 2 older brothers would wake early before school and go to the farm to bring up the days cow’s milk for home use and for sale.
My grandpa also planted hearty root vegetables like yuca (cassava), eddoes, yams, etc. So my uncles would also bring to the house whatever he had reaped along with any fishes he had caught.
Back then life was hard work, so my mum learned how to grow plants from her father.
We currently live in Texas and since the weather is generally warm for about 4-5 months per year it is really conducive to planting. So she plants vegetables each year and she has become quite proficient at it.
So here she is planting celery leftover from cooking.
Place the base of the root in a small cup or container with a third of water. The root base will remain in the water for up to two weeks.
Add more water as is necessary as some will be used by the plant and some will be evaporated.
Soon the leaves will begin to sprout from the center if the heart and begin to thrive. It is a beautiful process, watching things grow.
The celery begin growing and sprouting roots. It will remain soaked in water for up to two weeks.
Here are the roots growing
Purchase soil for flowering plants indoor and outdoors and please ensure the roots are approximately two inches before planting in soil. we usually purchase our soil from Lowes or Walmart.
With moderate sunshine they should be available for eating very soon.
Still soaked in a cup
Approx. 3 weeks old, planted in soil.
Celery takes a about 4 months to be ready but you can cut a few stalks here and there throughout the growing process.
When the plant grows to about 6 inches high is a reasonable time to start harvesting.