Johann Paetsch

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8 years ago
There are many foods you can grow from kitchen scraps:

* Lettuce, cabbage, and bok choy are straightforward to grow and have a short, four-day growing period. They are more space intensive than herbs so a large deck or small garden is recommended for these leafy greens. Collect unattractive or tough outer leaves that would normally be discarded and place them in a bowl containing enough water that the bottom ends are submerged. Set the bowl aside in an area that receives ample sunlight, replacing water and misting leaves every other day. After three to four days small roots and new leaves should be visible. Transplant the sprouted leaves in soil and allow to your greens to grow to full size.

* Celery is one of the easiest vegetables to regrow, and the same growing techniques can be applied to romaine lettuce. Cut off the base of a head of celery and place it in a bowl of warm water with the cut ends facing upwards. Place the bowl in a sunny area, making sure to change water every other day. After five to seven days, new leaves will have appeared and the sprouted base will be ready to be planted in soil. Make sure the new leaves are uncovered and water generously. Harvest once the plant has reached full size.

* Lemongrass and Scallions: One of the most frustrating parts of making Asian food is tracking down the often-elusive lemongrass. Well here’s a secret: re-growing this hearty, aromatic herb is so simple that a child could master it. Within days you could be adding it to all of your stir-fries, marinades, and broths. To grow from scraps, cut the root end off of the stalk and place it in a container filled with water so that that the roots are fully submerged. Place the container in ample sunlight and refill water regularly. In about a week, new growth will have emerged and the plant can be transplanted into soil. It can be harvested once it has reached one foot in height (make sure to cut off just the amount you need and not the whole plant.) Due to its sensitivity to cold, lemongrass will need to be moved inside during the winter so make sure to choose a planting container that allows for this. Scallions can be regrown using these same steps.

* Basil and Cilantro:
Cilantro and Basil can both be regrown once their stems grow new roots. Place whole stems in a water-filled glass, keeping the leaves out of the water and making sure there is ample but indirect sunlight. Replace water every other day or as needed, and transplant stems once the roots are two inches long. New shoots should emerge within a few weeks and leaves can be harvested as needed.

* Ginger has been praised for its flavor and medicinal powers for so long and by so many cultures, that it’s incredible that more people aren’t growing it at home. A surprisingly small amount of energy and space is needed to grow this unique root. All you need is a pot, some soil, and a small piece of leftover ginger. Plant a thumb-sized piece in moist soil, ensuring the buds face upwards. Within a week there should be enough new growth to harvest the entire plant (including the roots). Remember to save a small piece of the rhizome so that you can replant it and continue growing ginger free of cost for as long as you want.

* Root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, and parsnips all grow well from just their tops. Simply remove the tops and place them in a container of water, cut side down, in ample sunlight. Change the water every few days and observe for new growth and roots. Once roots are visible, transplant the tops in soil, taking care to not cover the green shoots. Carrot greens are edible and can be harvested for use in salads or pesto, otherwise wait until carrots reach full size and uproot.
8 years ago
Comfrey flowers are good sized and they quickly turn into a beetle sized seed but then the flower quickly turn upside down, open up and dump the seed down and out. Since you are not out there every moment to find out when these plants are ready to drop their seeds. Bags are there to collect the seeds

Here is another guy that uses nylon washing bags that are really fine mesh.
These let the air in, let the moisture in and out, and let the sun in but they don't let the seeds out.
You can find these reusable bags at the grocery store or the drug store to collect his comfrey seeds.

In his video he even shows what the seeds look like. Quite large and black.

Perhaps this will also help you catch those seeds?
9 years ago
I suppose it would be also possible to tie a small paper bag or the TOE cut from PANTY HOSE over the seed heads to prevent dispersal before you can harvest the seeds?

Necessity is the mother of invention.
9 years ago
Ah, yes I see what you mean.

So I did another search and came up with this man who made small bags with his sewing machine using a material called tulle which is like a very fine nylon netting. The holes allow the plant to grow and dry as it normally would, allowing the seeds to mature, but catches the seed heads before they fall to the soil. Perhaps this could help in your endeavour?

Here's the video
9 years ago
I just looked on Youtube and found this about Comfrey:

Then I also found this on how to make new plants from the ones you have, using bits of the roots in the free cardboard toilet tubes:
part 1

and part 2

Wouldn't this be easier then by the seeds?

9 years ago
Trees, Local History and Sustainable Farming
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Date(s) – April 12, 2015
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Goose Creek Friends Meeting in Lincoln, Virginia, presents “J. Russell Smith Day” on Sunday, April 12 at 4 p.m. at the Goose Creek Friends Meeting House in Lincoln.

Smith toured the world in the early years of the 20th century as a geographer for the University of Pennsylvania, and returned home with a mission to popularize tree crops as a means to retain rich native soils. At his nursery outside Round Hill, he collected and developed new varieties of native trees. His work is being rediscovered today by three local residents who plan to carry on his work. Join Alex Darr, Pete Walton, and Eliza Greenman for a discussion of this project.

Goose Greek Friends Meeting House is located at 18204 Lincoln Road, 20160.
9 years ago
I don't know if this was posted before but here is the Japanese version of making the seed balls.

9 years ago