Growing Onions at home is one of the best ways to save a ton of money. It is perfect for fresh scallions for your salad. Within just a few days, your onions should sprout and green leaves will start to poke out of the holes.
Any size soda bottle. Two or three liter bottles are the best.
A pair of sharp scissors or a sharp knife.
Onions. The don’t have to be fresh.
Time and patience.
It might be easier to spout the onion in a cup of water first.
You don’t need to cut the onion to do this.
The water only needs to cover the root which should be on the bottom side.
You can even just leave it on a shelve at room temperature.
Once onion is sprouted then cut or leave whole for planting.
Clean and wash the plastic bottle.
After it dries, cut alternating holes about one inch wide.
Be careful not to cut yourself.
Space the holes evenly around the bottle.
Be sure to cut off the top of the bottle.
Add some drainage holes at the bottom.
Fill with dirt up to the first hole.
Place your onion with the ROOT side facing in.
Fill with more dirt.
Place your second set of onions.
Repeat until entire bottle is full.
Place in sunny window sill.
The onion can be planted whole.
Smaller onions are easier to plant.
You can cut the onion about half an inch from the root.
Get creative! Try a five gallon water jug.
You can tape the neck of the bottle back on or leave it as it is.
Coriander, also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. Growing Cilantro or Coriander from seeds is fairly easy and cheap. Seeds should cost no more then .50 cents to $1.99 per packet. You only need one packet per planter pot.
Cilantro or Coriander seeds.
Large 10 to 12 inch deep potter. I am just using vegetable cans.
Potting Soil. The cheap stuff is fine. I bought a huge bag for $2.99.
Bottled water. I don’t trust tap water.
Time and patience.
Light: Growing Cilantro likes bright light, but dislikes intense, direct sunlight. The best option is morning sun in an east-facing window or a very bright sill that doesn’t get too much direct sun.
Water: Keep the soil regularly moist, but not soaked. Good drainage is essential as cilantro has deep roots.
Temperature: On the cool side. Cilantro tends to bolt easily, especially in warmer weather. Keep your plants around 70˚F and you’ll extend the harvest time. Once cilantro bolts, the flavor changes. Keeping the plant over 75˚ will greatly hasten flowering.
Soil: Airy, light, fast-draining soil with plenty of perlite or sharp sand mixed in to increase drainage.
Cilantro is an annual that grows with a deep taproot. As a result, it dislikes repotting and will often bolt at the slightest provocation.
Bright light but not direct sunlight.
Water daily until soil is moist.
The whole plant is edible.
Can be grown with other herbs.
If you are just beginning gardening you can buy seedling that just need to be watered with almost no work and start using right away. Follow me on Face Book! How To Grow Garlic.
Starting with a clove break the bulb out into individual cloves.
Peel the light skin away from each bulb.
You should have a sharp point at one end. That is the top.
The flat bottom is the root. Cut the very edge off with a sharp knife.
chop peel garlic
Prepare The Planting Pot
Fill your planting pot with about two to four inches of planting soil.
Garlic does not grow very deep.
Fill Pot With 2 Inches Of Dirt
Time To Plant
In southern areas, February or March is a better time to plant.
Place the garlic pointy side up with the flat side, root, down in the dirt.
Leave a few inches between bulbs.
Pour more top soil over the bulbs so they are covered about two inches in dirt.
Water your easy garlic about once every day.
It’s o.k. the skip a day.
I am using moisture retention top soil which is common at most gardening centers.
DO NOT BUY expensive top soil or planting soil. This is garlic we are talking about. Not some rare plant.
Once the garlic leaves start to yellow and the plump garlic bulbs start to push their way above the soil level, it’s time to harvest.
Proper handling of easy garlic after it’s been picked is almost as important as looking after it whilst it’s growing. It’s essential that garlic is dried properly, otherwise it will rot. The bulbs are often hung up in a cool, dry place. After a week or so, take them down and brush the dirt off gently – don’t wash the bulbs at this stage.