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Regrowing Spring Onions from Scraps - The Experiment

So I read somewhere that you could regrow certain vegetables from your kitchen scraps and I thought... I wonder if that's really true and if it is, does it affect the taste?
I've been eating Spring Onions almost daily with my lunch and so I thought I'd give this idea a go.

Create my own experiment.

OK so here's what I was told; If you cut the bottom inch off of your Spring Onion and submerge the root end in a tiny amount of water, they re-sprout from the centre. If you keep refreshing the water then your onion will continue to grow until it is ready to harvest.

As I tried the experiment I made a few changes to benefit the plants. Here's my method;

Regrowing Spring Onions from Scraps - The Method Pick organic spring onions with visible roots when shopping. Organic veggies are the most nutritionally beneficial to your body.
Cut 1-2 inches off from the root end.Pop root end into a glass where each Spring Onion will be able to stand up straight over the next few days.Add…

The Problem with Buying Vegetables When You Are Vegan

My biggest bug-bear lately has been that my local super market rarely has the fresh vegetables it claims. I spend a lot of time looking through the vegetable trugs trying to find something that will last at least a few days. What’s worse is that I can’t replace that weekly shop down at my local veg shop (although I’d love too from an environmental point of view), because they don’t cover the breadth of vegetables I need to sustain my body with a wide nutritional base. So like many vegans I take a weekly vitamin and mineral supplement.
Here in lies my problem… Taking vitamins and supplements is not a long term answer. Just as returning to meat is not an answer for me. For those of you who think that foolish watch this interview with Jamie Oliver. Jamie tells us that, ‘Mindful Vegan diets are looking good right now’, because general food nutrition is at an all-time low… that’s meat and veg! So we need to start learning how to eat for the long term health of our bodies and addressing that…

My Mini Greenhouses

Hi Guys! How are your gardens growing?
I had a few questions about my mini greenhouses and so I thought I'd share where I got them from and what I think so far, about 3 weeks into use.
I opted for the Vonhaus 4 tier mini greenhouse from Domu, which you can also find on Amazon*.

The product description says; Perfect for raising seeds and seedlings, cultivating plants, protecting against frost, cold and pests and for displayCompact 4 tier design - ideal for small gardens, allotments, patios, balconies & deckingFour strong wire shelves with 8kg/18lbs max. weight capacity each and weather resistant transparent PVC cover with roll up zip panel doorPowder coated steel frame for extra strength and durability. Easy to assemble - no tools required. Size: 158 x 69 x 49cmManufacturer 2 Year Warranty Included
They arrived very quickly indeed and are super easy to put together.

So far they have been up for about 3 weeks and there are a few things I have noticed;

Firstly they get warm quickl…

My Wormcity Wormery Arrived!

I'm so excited for worms... who knew! Seriously though these guys are going to be my new veggie garden BFFs and help me to create some worm castings for my soil each year.
The wormery is from www.wormcity.co.uk whose service so far has been fantastic.

Why did I choose to buy a Wormery and do you need one?My veggie plot is a concrete back yard, with no access to the ground soil. I plant in containers, which will require fresh compost for every new crop I plant. I need compost to rejuvenate my pot soil, so that I can grow new rotations for crops for my kitchen with a higher level of nutrition. This is something I don't feel I currently get from shopping in my local supermarket.
My main aim with this garden is to become more eco-friendly and sustainable, whilst on a budget and so recycling my waste and using that to create compost, which will save me money is a win-win.
If I bought a composter to degrade my kitchen food and container garden waste, they'd sit there in a pile proba…

The Reason Why I Grow Spinach Year Around & Mint Chip Nice Cream Recipe!

Spinach is really rich in iron, calcium, vitamins A and D and if grown well it can be harvested all year round. 
I choose an intensive ‘cut and come again’ system and my preferred variety is  Matador by Suffolk Herbs (Organic)*
To grow intensively grab your seed tray and fill with potting compost (organic certified preferably) to about 1 ½ inches from the top. Sprinkle with seeds, not too densely but enough to grow a fairly dense crop once the leaves fill out. Then cover with 1 inch of compost and water liberally.
The seeds will germinate within the first 14 days.
I grow mine in my mini greenhouse to help avid winter chills and spring pests.
I trim of the leaves I wish to use about 4-6 weeks after sowing, making sure the main stem of the plan is intact ready to produce more leaves for the season.
I enjoy my spinach leaves with most of my meals, either as a salad element to sandwiches, or a throw in texture to curries, pasta dishes, or stir-fries.


Spinach is also great in smoothies, juice b…

Garden Vlog 6th August 2017

This week the vlog has taken me a while to get uploaded on YouTube, sorry about that!
But it is here... this is what has been happening in the garden this week.

Sara x