Something Simple: Windowsill Gardening

Later this month we’ll talk to you about container gardening on a larger scale, but today we want to talk to you about the easiest possible way to grow your own fresh vegetables. You may have seen this on Pinterest or other sites, but if you haven’t, prepare to be amazed. Growing herbs on a windowsill or in backyard containers is fairly common—but did you know that you can grow a whole host of vegetables, like celery, green onions, and garlic, in your kitchen? Three Baykeepers have been growing their own vegetables, read on to see what they have to say about it!

Tammy: Celery

Several weeks ago I discovered through Pinterest that you can chop off the end of the celery right out of your refrigerator, and it will grow a brand new celery stalk.  I was excited to try this right away, as celery is a staple of many of the soups and casseroles we make.  So, with a pretty wilted piece that would otherwise have gone in the garbage, I chopped off the end and put it in a bowl of water in my kitchen.  Within days new growth started to emerge.  I’ve now planted that and one other stalk in a pot right outside my back door, and I am anxiously awaiting its full growth and fresh celery in my next pot of soup!

Tammy's celery

Psst! If you recall from Saturday’s post, celery is one of the vegetables that most experts advise you to buy organic. What’s more organic than in your own back yard? Buy a stalk of organic celery—or several!—and keep them in pots on your back porch or kitchen window sill.

Bethany: Green Onions

A few months ago, when I was just getting into Pinterest, I came across a site which claimed that you could grow your own green onions. I’ve never really done much cooking with green onions, but I was intrigued, so I bought a bunch from the grocery store, chopped the green away, and put the remaining white parts, roots-down, in a glass of water. I was amazed at what happened next! Over the next few days, bright, fresh, new greens began sprouting. These intrepid little onions will keep growing indefinitely* as you trim them. Needless to say, I have started adding them to all sorts of dishes, with wonderful results. The one caveat I need to share about their *indefinite growth is that each time you trim them, they grow back a tiny bit skinnier and a lighter shade of green, so I recommend rotating fresh onions in periodically. Click here to learn more and get started!

Elyse: Garlic Chives

Elyse has been growing garlic chives for years. She bought a small planted pot of them a few years ago and has been enjoying them for 5 years. The green shoots grow tall and flat; she trims a few inches at a time, depending on the recipe she is making. They are wonderful in salads or soups, and though they have a mild garlic taste, they are not as potent as garlic cloves. The best part is that they are always fresh! Click here to learn how to start your own garlic chives! In addition to growing garlic chives, did you know that you can also grow your own cloves of garlic? Check it out!

For more container and windowsill gardening ideas, explore our Make-A-Difference Month board on Pinterest!