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Ultimate Composting – Week Two

It has been two weeks since I started my latest gardening experiment.  There’s no point in trying to hide the truth from you:  I’m growing groceries from what some would call garbage.  Yes, that’s right:  I’m growing celery from the trimmings that usually end up in the compost bin or garbage pile.

While that may sound crazy, here’s something even crazier:  it’s actually working.  The celery has sprouted several stalks since last week.  Small roots are taking hold on the underside and if this continues I hope to be planting the whole thing in a few weeks.

In fact, the celery is making such amazing progress that I decided to add another item to the growing tray.  This time, I added a piece from the end of a head of organic romaine lettuce.  In less than five days, the romaine has already started to grow new leaves and roots.

I can’t wait to see what kind of transformation these specimens will make during the next week.  Right now I’m off to scavenge in the refrigerator.  I know that there must be something else I could add to this edible experiment.

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  1. The Snail of Happiness

    Brilliant idea… I think I have a lettuce in the fridge that we will finish up tonight and the stalk will now not get as far as the compost bin…

    1. Jennifer Burcke

      I’d love to hear how it works for you. Good luck!

      1. The Snail of Happiness

        Well, it’s sprouting little leaves, no roots yet, but it looks like we might get some more leaves to eat from it… magic!

      2. The Snail of Happiness

        Well, leaves are growing, but no sign of roots yet!

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