(Indoor) Garden Update

I've brought the

I’ve brought the “Junk Garden” indoors in hopes of having fresh veggies this winter. | AChatOverCoffee.com

Now that my daughter’s cross country season is over I hope to have a little time to get to some home and garden projects that have been set aside so that I could attend her meets. One thing that I’ve wanted to do for a couple of weeks is plant an indoor “Junk Garden” so I’ll have a few fresh veggies this winter.

Confession: I’ve never had an indoor Junk Garden before. I don’t know if it will work.

So I’m starting small. I cleared the summer annuals from the two large pots I had outside my front door and brought the pots inside, placing them near my sliding glass door. Besides being huge, the sliding glass door gets tons of afternoon sun. It’s been a great place to start my seeds these past few years and I’m hoping it’ll be a great place to grow some celery and onions.

Junk Celery

Remember the picture I shared a few weeks ago? The one of the celery in the canning jar? Here it is again.

I'm bringing the

I’m bringing the “junk garden” indoors for the winter!

Well, I took another picture today before I planted the celery in one of the big pots I brought in. I told you to look for the roots before, but I don’t think you’ll have any trouble seeing the roots this time!

The celery is well rooted and ready to be planted in a pot indoors.

The celery is well rooted and ready to be planted in a pot indoors.

The celery is now comfortably snuggled into a large pot and has had a nice drink of water. I’m hoping it’ll soon give me more celery to use in my recipes and lots of celery leaves so I can make Junk Stock.

I hope to enjoy fresh celery over the winter.

I hope to enjoy fresh celery over the winter.

Junk Onions

I planted the cut ends of onions, the parts one usually throws away, in my vegetable beds over the summer. I didn’t get big onions but I did get some that I want to try as sets. In both cases each root divided into multiple bulbs. I cut the bulbs apart with a knife, leaving some roots on each piece. Then I planted the sets in my second pot.

These little onions grew from the cut ends of onions that I used in cooking. Now I'm planting them in hopes of getting more free onions.

These little onions grew from the cut ends of onions that I used in cooking. Now I’m planting them in hopes of getting more free onions.

Who knows if this will work, but it cost me nothing but the time and it has the potential to produce fresh onions. I’m willing to give it a shot and I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m hoping for some free food.

Junk Stock

An even though Junk Stock doesn’t grow in my Junk Garden it is made from the celery leaves that grow there. I pulled more turkey bones and veggie trimmings from my freezer during a recent clean-out and made Junk Stock. Then I pulled out my pressure canner and canned (bottled) 7 pints of stock for my pantry. I consider Junk Stock and anything from the Junk Garden to be free food since it all comes from things I would otherwise throw away, so it was a decent week in my kitchen and garden.

Making

Making “Junk Stock” from turkey bones and vegetable trimmings is a great way to fill the pantry with free food.

As a side note, the cilantro I’ve been growing on my kitchen window sill keeps trying to bolt, so I see a batch of black bean salsa in my near future. And I’d love to have you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Sometimes I’ll post things there that don’t warrant a full blog post but might be of interest to you. While I try to be prompt to reply to comments here on the blog, social media is another way I like to keep in touch with you.

Do you grow food indoors? What do you grow and how do you do it?

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