Growing from the kitchen leftovers..

After watching a video on how to grow from grocery vegetables, I thought I should give it a try. Being the earth-loving person I am, I knew one could grow potatoes in the ground and apple seeds from apples 😉 🙂 – I knew it was time to further my knowledge of what veggies one would grow again, within having a ‘second life.’ 🙂

To my delight, I chopped up some scallions (which are just baby onions; and leave so many inches above the developing roots) and planted them into soil. By July, I should have some decent sized onions. And it’s okay to plant scallions into shallow pots like the one shown in my photos below. If you where to look out into a garden- many raised beds are just as shallow and the onions really don’t care. 🙂

Video I watched can be found here “Grow from your Groceries”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-mM9e9Z9NQ

Growing Mint cuttings

I‘ve quite-successfully grew roots in water with Coleus (Hybrid Coleus) cuttings I earned by accident as a gardening/landscaping seasonal job. 🙂 It expanded happily afterwards in rich organic soil.

Using the cuttings from an organic store, the thought of seeing if one could propagate mint into a ‘mini-army’ came to mind. 😛 hehe To my joyous delight- one can grow them in water! 😀

1.) Cut the tips with a sterile knife or pair of scissors.
2.) Pinch off any leaves from the ends. This is so then no leaves can touch the water and produce leaf rot.
3.) Place the containers (jars, bottles, champagne glasses) in bright light; but not direct sunlight. Change the container’s water every other day.
4.) Transplant the mint into small pots when they have grown a reasonable amount of rooting (one half inch to one inch of rooting). Pinch the stem-tip off roughly a half an inch to trigger the mint herb to branch out in further growth after transplanted.
5.) Plant outdoors after the last frost in spring. Mint loves full warm sunshine! ❤

Update: 8:54 p.m.

I just learned how to grow a rosemary cutting in water, just a few minutes ago! 😀

The difference with soft stems verses more woody stems, like rosemary – is that you need to scrape with your nail most of the thin layer of bark at the end of the clipping, to help promote the roots better. Also, it takes a couple of weeks in comparison to spearmint, etc to grow root.  Another tip, is when you transplant the newly rooted clippings into soil, use the water it was growing in – so it can integrate better inside of the pot. 🙂

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a common known kitchen herb. This is the first time I have grown Rosemary in my Medical Herbalism studies. As aromatic this evergreen shrub is: The main reason why it’s taken me so long to add Rosemary to my expertise of plant care – is due of how pretty much anyone knows about it [Medicinal Herbalist or not]. 😉 I am not one who is drawn to non-exotic things.

I.e. New awe inspiring thoughts/ideas or causing myself to become curious in great fascination of something I have not encountered before. 😀 That childhood part of yourself that finds the sheer glee of discovery-adventure! ❤

The long term plans at the Butterfly Forests Homestead, is to sell and grow uncommon, rare and obscure herbs; including New Zealand Maori Medicinal Herbs. 🙂

As for my first hand experience with Rosemary this year, I have found myself accidentally killing one by over-watering it. 😛 “Oh, dear.” – I thought. As apart of learning it is expected to make some mistakes so to speak. To me, making mistakes can be a very good thing.. Due of the endless possibility of unleashing a new point of view or *eureka!* moment. 😀
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Some lovely holistic healing benefits of Rosemary:

  • Rosemary infusion oil can be used externally for skin irritations like eczema and joint problems like arthritis
  • Speeding the healing recovery of wounds and bruises externally.
  • Internally, Rosemary Leaf mild tea can help fight illness when sipped until signs of the illnesses symptoms have gone.
  • Rosemary infused oil is an intensive treatment for bad dandruff of hair loss, and can be rubbed in hair, left for at least an hour and washed out. This overtime improves scalp condition.
  • Rosemary Oil can be used externally for illnesses to speed recovery, by rubbing on the feet or any sore areas.
  • Externally, Rosemary Oil can help sooth an unhappy stomach and relieve pain from indigestion and menstrual cramps.