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Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 23:03

 

Six years ago we bought a basil plant at the farmer's market and we hung it in our window - and for 5 years it ebbed and flowed. In the summer we would have a ton of basil, and in the winter we left the little plant alone. It was our "old reliable." Sadly, this winter it died. *pouring out a 40 of marinara sauce* RIP Basil Plant.

 

And then I bought a pack of basil about six weeks ago, and I decided to try something...different. Instead of using the whole package with pasta like I had originally planned - I set aside half of the basil and put it in a shot glass of water. I was curious to see if it would root. And if it didn't, I could just use the basil in another pasta dish. To my delight, I didn't need a "Plan B" because the basil started growing roots within the next couple of days. Jedd planted the basil plants last week and they're hanging in there. We don't have the best light, but the three little plants are getting lots of TLC and we have our fingers crossed that they will thrive.

 

Around the same time that I started to root the basil, I found some herb starting jars that my mother gave us a few years ago. They were too small for the basil, but they looked just right for scallions. Why not give those a try too?

 

 

With the scallions we decided not to plant them in soil, but to keep them in the water, because the green keeps growing! Now we have green scallion tops whenever we want for salads or potatoes. The trick is to dump out the old water once a week and to refill them with fresh water. These two scallions have been champs for the last couple of months - and we've gotten a lot of mileage from their new growth. We still have to buy scallions for stir-frys or anything where we need the bulb, but these two scallions are pretty delightful to have around.

 

I've never had the patience to be a "real" gardener, but I'm kind of ridiculously in love with our little kitchen garden.

 

(Photos by Launie Kettler)

 
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+2 #1 Eileen Gross 2012-05-02 06:28
Kitchen Gardens are the BEST! I really hate getting dirty, so potted plants & rooting in water are more my thing. You've inspired me to get my summer kitchen herb garden going NOW!
Cheers! :-)
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+3 #2 Renee 2012-05-02 07:20
So great to have herbs growing in your own home. I love the little glass vases you have hanging on the window for the green onions. Where did you get them? I would love to get some for my window.
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+2 #3 Lyn @LovelyPantry 2012-05-02 11:57
This is so cool. I tried last fall to grow chives and thyme. They didn't last for some reason. about 2 weeks ago I tried mint and so far so good. Scallions seem really cool to try. Just to get my hands on some little darling herb starting jars like what you've got here and I'm good to go!
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+1 #4 Launie K. 2012-05-02 12:06
Eileen,
Exactly. I'm not much of a dirt person either. But, I love having fresh herbs - so this is kind of a win/win. Have fun with your garden!
~L.
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0 #5 Launie K. 2012-05-02 12:08
Renee,
I just asked my mother to come here and answer your question, because I have no idea where she got them. But they are really cool.
~L.
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+1 #6 Launie K. 2012-05-02 12:09
Lyn,
Oooh, mint. That's a great idea! Jedd loves Mint Juleps in the summer and if I start trying to grow it now maybe we can have some by June. :)
~L.
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+2 #7 Mom to Launie 2012-05-02 12:29
Renee,
I found the little rooting jars at a spring home & garden show. I don't remember who I bought them from. I did a quick web search for rooting jars though and there are several vendors selling pretty ones. Good luck. Hope you find what you want.
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+1 #8 Amandagottafolder 2012-05-02 13:39
That's great news! I recently tried the Chia Herb Garden and they were just starting to sprout until I left town for 2 days and they died. I like your idea of letting the herb root and transplant, I'll try that out. Thanks for the tip!
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+1 #9 Oakway Packs 2013-03-27 09:25
This is a really cool idea. I struggle to find bright green herbs to add to my salads because not many of my home grown herbs have the same colour as supermarket bought herbs. I think it is something to do with the acidity of the soil.

I may have to look into this and I am sure I was given a rooting jar in my student pack years ago.
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