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  1. Liana
    January 7, 2012

    I am really loving your site Jen! A picture even…wowza! I am very intrigued by the leftover growing article. Can I do all of that indoors too? I just was reading up on how to propagate your plants and ordered some rooting hormone….any suggestions for that business?

    • Farmer Jenn
      January 8, 2012

      Oh cool, thanks — I’m so glad you like it! I know it’s still pretty new but I think it’s coming together pretty well. Plus, I’m learning a ton! I cannot wait to start my gardens this year! I may have to rent a few extra plots!

      Yes, you can absolutely start them indoors. In fact, right now I have 3 ginger roots, 2 garlic cloves and 2 green onion bulbs rerooting indoors. So far I’ve been watching how they do without any supplemental light (which, here in Wisconsin means pretty low-light conditions) and, while they’re not rocking the house, they’re actually hanging in there pretty well. In another week or two I’m going to put them under a grow light and see what happens. I’ll let you know!

      As for rooting hormones, you know, I’ve never used one so I can’t recommend one. I do know that Territorial Seed Company has mycorrhizal fungi (for feeder root development), but I’ve never used it. It’s definitely a good post topic though … I’ll have to do some research!

  2. Stephanie
    January 29, 2012

    I can't get the celery to grow past a few inches before it dies overnight.  It's weird.  I can get it started fine and it grows like gangbusters then bam it's brown and dead overnight.  Any advice here? 
    I've had good luck with green onions, garlic, and potatoes though.  

    • Farmer Jenn
      January 29, 2012

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      As for your celery, may I ask what growing conditions you have? Celery’s a pretty nutrient-needy vegetable, plus it likes full sun, so it could just be that it’s not getting everything it needs to establish itself. Plus, it needs a lot of water. Are you watering it well, and soaking it before you plant it?

  3. Stephanie
    January 29, 2012

    I'm in the deep south.  I started them in a dish of water until they were growing well then transplanted them into containers using Miracle grow garden soil.  I really want to get it growing but can't get past a few weeks.  

    • Farmer Jenn
      January 30, 2012

      Hrm. How long is it surviving after transplant before it takes a turn for the worse? Are night temperatures adequate? Hrm….

  4. Anna@GreenTalk
    February 26, 2012

    I have failed  to get sweet potatoes to grow sips using your method..  I have tried four times.  However, I noticed that old ones are growing their own right now so I am just being patience to see if I can grow the sips from an old sweet potatoes.  I also heard you can grow sweet potatoes from their leaves!   I tried this year but left them in the water too long.  
    Also, you can grow horseradish from a piece and potatoes with eyes.   It comes back every years and can get a little wild.   I even heard that you can grow carrots too from their bottom.  I haven't tried this yet.  

  5. Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry
    March 7, 2012

    I really enjoyed this article!  Thanks for sharing.  I think I'll give the garlic a try in my garden this year (although I'm still not exactly sure how to identify the scabe… I might need to google that because I don't want to chop off the wrong part.)

    • Farmer Jenn
      March 10, 2012

      Hi Carissa. Thanks for the kind comments!

      Garlic scape is really just the stalk that grows up and out from the bulb. So, if you thought of garlic as a flower, the scape would be the green stem sticking out of the ground. :)

  6. Bob Young
    March 13, 2012

    Great article. I would like to like it to our blog, Boise Foodie Blog at http://boisefoodieguild.blogspot.com. Cheers!

  7. Beth
    March 14, 2012

    Hi Jenn, I found your article through a friend who posted on Facebook. I look forward to trying to regrow some of these yummy plants. We love garlic, ginger and sweet potatoes. I got a planter box for my birthday and have been trying to decide what to grow, the garlic should be a perfect first choice as several of the bulbs we have have sprouted just sitting on the kitchen counter! Thank you for sharing this article and good luck with the site and your upcoming growing season. :)

    • jenn
      March 15, 2012

      Thanks, Beth. Good luck to you too. I’m surprised you didn’t mention celery!

  8. laurachristine
    March 17, 2012

    You forgot Pineapple!!
    just take the top of the fruit and plant it in the ground!!
    but thanks for the article!

  9. Annie-Rae Marques
    April 26, 2012

    Don't forget Apples!!! We started seeds from some organic apples we bought at the grocery store. We currently have 12 trees!

    • jenn
      April 27, 2012

      Mmmm, apples! Do apple trees grow pretty quickly? I’ve never owned one!

  10. Jonell Harrison
    April 26, 2012

    Please tell me what I can have permission to share from this site..Can I send it to other bloggers or post it or link to it on my own blog??

    • jenn
      April 27, 2012

      Please feel free to link and send it as you like. Please don’t repost it though — I’d prefer to keep it here!

  11. Ria B
    May 4, 2012

    I did this with Romaine Lettuce at one time. Neat list of easier than seed plants! I have containers on a porch at the moment but when I get more space I'm going to do this!!! =) Thanks for the tips! =)

  12. RockheadedMama
    May 5, 2012

    My earlier attempt to reply wouldn't allow me to type or to cancel — sorry.
    In the deep south, celery is a fall/winter crop. Planted in the late fall and harvested in winter.  Celery is also very dependent on water – you must keep it moist, moist, moist. Also, I did best when I planted in humus enriched soil. If it gets too warm – celery goes and it goes quickly. Of course, it also freezes, so, it is a little tricky in the south.

    • jenn
      May 5, 2012

      Great tips — thanks for sharing!

  13. Kayleen Emley
    May 20, 2012

    After cutting the scape from the garlic- what's the time frame of growth before harvesting the garlic bulb? My Grandfather says you harvest garlic during the full moon in September, lol.

    • jenn
      May 23, 2012

      I’m with your grandfather: moonlit gardening sounds divine … especially if you throw in some midnight margaritas! :) As for garlic harvest times, to be honest, I usually just keep checking my allium until I’m happy with the bulb size before harvesting them.

  14. Julia
    April 20, 2015

    Jenn, I thought I had seen you could grow lettuce from scrap ends. Have you any insight or info on this?

    • jenn
      April 20, 2015

      Hi Julia,

      Hrm, nope, that wasn’t me. I’ve never tried growing lettuce from scraps. And, honestly, lettuce grows so easily from seed I don’t know if I would bother! If you do try it, however, please pop back and let me know how it goes. I’d be curious to know!

      Good luck!

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