Make it your New Year’s Resolution to transform yourself from a brown thumb to a green thumb. Grow food in 2012! Here’s how to get started on the cheap:
- Save a gallon milk jug, water jug or nursery pot.
- Cut the milk jug in half and toss the spout end. Poke some holes in the bottom and bottom edges with an ice pick or drill.
- Buy a small bag of good quality potting soil (with perlite or vermiculite to prevent soil compaction).
- Buy a bundle of green bunching onions at the grocery store. Make sure they have a quarter inch of white roots (this is critical). Use the green tops in your salad but save the white onion bulb with roots.
- Fill the milk jug mostly full with soil and plant your green onions bulbs. Do not plant too deep. Plant the bottom half of the white bulb just deep enough that the onion can stand on its own.
- Water with a garden sprayer attached to your hose to get the soil evenly moist.
- Set outside where the onions can get sun and rain.
- Check on your onions daily. Sink your finger one-half inch into the soil and, if dry, water. You want to maintain a moist, but not soggy, water level.
- Fertilize monthly with used tea bags. Remove the tea from the bag and sprinkle it on top of the soil.
In very short order, your grocery store onions will grow new green tops. Cut the tops off when you need them for salads or cooking but leave the root in the pot to grow new tops. You will have a continuous supply of fresh green tops for the rest of the year.
At the beginning of the second year, replace them with a new crop from the grocery store because your original crop will go to seed.
Last updated September 4, 2016