Vegetable Gardening Experiment

Dear Liza,

The condominium where we live is very nice. It is bright and comfortable and is in a busy, lovely neighborhood. But what it lacks is a yard. Partly, this is a good thing.. I don’t have to mow or weed. But when I DO want to play in the dirt, I don’t have a spot.

So when we realized that our kitchen window gets full sun all day, that became our garden spot. We have used it to grow lettuce and chives from seed, and to keep some pretty orchids. But now we have an almost Frankenstein experiment going on.

Auntie Bridgett read that the bottom of a celery stalk would keep growing, even when you had eaten the rest. This was almost too weird to believe, but the window sill was free, so we gave it a shot.

We put a half inch of water in a plastic dish and set the root ends of the stalks in. Then, as with all experiments (and gardens), we waited. It didn’t take long,

Within a day, we had tiny green shoots coming up, as though the celery was saying “I’m not done yet!” As they got bigger, we made space in the planter box and moved them into the dirt. And they are still growing!

They probably won’t grow into a whole new stalk, I keep saying. But I didn’t think they would grow at all, so what do I know?

Love,

Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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