I have been trying to do that... the monkeys think it's monkey hotel... I pop it into the ground... and they pop it into their mouth.
Haven't done it myself, but I heard of a person who ate the same exact carrots for several years in a row by replanting the top every time they ate one!
One thing... the leaves are good eating too.
larry korn wrote:
It would seem that the next great permaculture frontier would be perennial vegetables. How about adding asparagus and garlic to the list? There is also the book, Perennial Vegetables, by Eric Toensmeier (Chelsea Green Press). He's got a lot of good ideas and spotlights many vegetables that are grown as perennials. I hadn't heard of many of them and I understand availability of some of these "oddballs" is limited. If someone is successful with some of these please let us know and save the seeds.
I agree that perennial vegetables are the way to go. I just thought that I'd let people know about the annuals that you can regrow from small parts of the often unedible/unpalatable parts of the plants.
I have Erics book but found that its species list was too geared towards warmer climates than mine. I already knew about most of the species that were aclimated to my region. That being said, I think its a good book and would recommend it to those further south than myself.
rose macaskie wrote:
whats the paper towel method
The paper towel method goes like this:
-Take a carrot top stub and place it on a wet paper towel until the carrot sprouts and the leaves grow to about 2 inches (Could be wrong on the two inches because I'm going from memory)
-Then plant it into the ground
But this is all apparently a waste of time as there are those who bypass the paper towel part of it and simply plant the stubs right into soil.
It's true that there are perennial vegetables and then there are many annuals that sort of act like perennials because they reseed themselves so readily.
I also keep herb pots indoors and cut all winter and then put out in spring but thats not anything new.
larry korn wrote:
It would seem that the next great permaculture frontier would be perennial vegetables... If someone is successful with some of these please let us know and save the seeds.
haven't tried enough of them out yet, but I've had good luck with groundnut (Apios americana), crosne (Stachys affinis), crambe (Crambe maritima), chufa (Cyperus esculentus), and a handful of others that I'm having trouble recalling just now. I bought some air potatoes (Dioscorea bulbifera) a couple of years ago, but managed to kill them all. when I tried to order some more, they had been made illegal to sell or ship. I really badly want some more air potatoes.
Definitely monkey proof. I must admit to having done that too... but kept forgetting to water them. They do look nice though .... when watered.
Jennifer Smith "listenstohorses" wrote:
I have carrot tops growing all over my house. Simply cut off top 1 inch or so and put in soil...it may take a bit to see anything but then she is off and growing. I mean I have them in glass jars with no drainage and they are still growing, but I try to not over water but they are very pretty and well behaived house plants. If I was home I could get photos
I think my roomie has romaine for her bunnies, I will check and see, if so I will plant it too, thanks.
If I knew what to do with fennel I would grow that too. I have seen it and it is pretty to me.
Leah Sattler wrote:
do things that will happily regrow after being cut back belong on this list? not only do you get to eat part of the plant but you don't even have to "replant" anything, it just stays put.
I dunno, the thread is kinda branching off a bit from the subject which might muddy the waters for people doing searches. My intention was to simply get a list of things you could eat and replant because I didn't think there was much awareness of this. For later search engine purposes I think it should stay that way with Perennial Vegetables and 'regrowers' aka cut-and-come-again crops having their own thread. I think I'll start a perennial vegetables thread (if there isn't one already)
I say all this and sound heavy with it but I'm grateful for all the contributions at the same time. So look out for the Perennial Vegetables and cut and come again thread
In southern California where I grew up we grew avocados the same way. I'm going to post this quickly before we get sent off to another forumland.
I have, I think, 3 perenniel beds of sweet potatoes in Alabama (zone 7) but will have to winter (roots and/or vine) indoors over the winter here in zone 5.
I have a sweet potato in soil in my front window now. It has not sprouted yet. We will see how it goes. It is from grocery. If it does not sprout I will get a start from down south.
We ordered some cuttings of Tree Collards from Bountiful Gardens in Oregon. The description from their website:
Tree Collards are much like regular collard greens except that they are 5-6 feet tall with purple-tinted leaves growing up a single tall stalk. They are perennial in zones 8-9. In other zones, cuttings may be taken as winter begins and rooted indoors for planting out the following spring. Their history and biological identity seem to be shrouded in mystery, but they are reputed to come from Africa and have been preserved and passed on within African-American communities in this country. They do not normally flower or make seed, and when they do, the seed does not breed true. Instead propagation is by cuttings, which are passed along from gardener to gardener. Tree collard greens are tender and delicious in cool weather, so they are a good choice for a low-maintenance winter vegetable in mild climates. (They're pretty good in warm weather also.)
Let you know how ours take, and will offer cuttings when and if they do.
Actually, after looking around, I found this: http://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-Onions-from-Discarded-Onion-Bottoms/ Which describes sprouting the bottom and then cutting the separate stalks away from the root section. I think I'm going to try both ways with the next batch of onions we cook with.
larry korn wrote:
I was just thinking about sweet potatoes when I saw your last posting. Remember when you were in the first grade and stuck half a sweet potatoes in a jar of water supported by toothpicks? Next thing the vines and leaves were all over the kitchen walls and ceiling.
When I see a Sweet Potato has sprouted in the bag I just chop off the sprout.... cook the rest... and plant the sprouted piece in my Food Forest. Takes off like crazy. I do that with Potatoes too... but want to do that in a Potato Tower now.
I have an avo tree from toothpick sprouting.
I do agree that there's an important difference between "replanting" and true perennials. That deserves its own thread.
I'd read about doing this with beets - planting the beet tops in damp sand or a pot of earth under the sink and then having beet greens to eat all winter.
I think the under the sink was both for protection from winter frost and for a fairly cool spot in a heated home, but wouldn't the leaves be pale or sickly without sun?
I love beet greens--maybe I'll have to try this in my window sill...
I plan to buy beets next time I am in town... I don't think I have ever had beet greens. I like pickled beets. I agree that is seems sun is needed for greens.