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    Pretty neat idea, but what about the toxins from the paint, and rubber from the tire getting into the food source?

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    use it for ornamentals .... not edibles
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    Gardening Know How website shares a list of what vegetables and herbs can be grown upside down in a 5 gallon bucket. I know that our readers have different levels of gardening skills so I am hoping many of you will comment on Facebook what experiences you have had with this project.

    Please share what types of vegetables and herbs you have grown and any additional tip or tricks that you use for a more productive high yielding crop.

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    Cucumbers : In a hanging vegetable garden, any vining vegetable can be grown and cucumbers are often a popular choice.

    You can grow slicing or pickling cucumbers as upside down vegetables, but pickling cucumbers will be the easier of the two choices. Avoid using bush cucumbers as they will have a hard time growing using this method.

    Peppers : Peppers and tomatoes are closely related so it is no surprise that, just like tomatoes, peppers are excellent upside down vegetables. Any variety of pepper, bell peppers, hot peppers, any variety of peppers, can be grown inverted.

    Top of your upside down garden
    The tops of your upside down gardening planters can also hold a few vegetables. Some good options for this area includes:

    •Lettuce
    •Radishes
    •Cress
    •Herbs
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    Who knew you could grow a luffa in your backyard? Meet 'The Luffa Lady'
    Friday, February 22, 2013 - 4:25pm

    BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — You've seen them in body shops, drug stores and especially in bath tubs or showers all across the country. Where do those coarse stringy sponges really come from?

    "They are so surprised though because they think all these sponges come out of the sea," says Celeste.

    That’s right, the loufa sponge, it’s a common misconception is that they come out of the ocean, well the truth is, you can grow them right in your backyard.

    "Once you get them planted and they take root you don't have to worry that's it they just grow and grow and grow," says Celeste.

    Celeste started growing loufas over ten years ago and now; it’s more than just a hobby. "When I grow them I give them to so many people. I don't give everyone a whole one. What I do is I cut it in half so I can give to two people and I'll cut the end off and you can use that as an exfoliate for there face."

    The loufa plant is classified as a fruit, but looks like a vegetable and actually and grows on a vine. “My fence it goes 3 yards long and this was only 2 plants and it covered the 3 fences and then was growing up my fig tree."

    And before this fruit is peeled and used as loufa sponge you can actually eat it.

    "You can eat this when it is very young, they say it's like zucchini and okra," says Celeste.

    To make the loufa sponge all you do is plant the seeds, wait, then peel and clean them.

    "I love to do it and it's fun and when they are really dry you can shake them and you can hear the seeds loose inside. You would just beat it and the seeds come out."

    And now loufa season has come to an end but Celeste still has a few hanging on before the last freeze.

    "I like to pick them when they are light yellow and you can see all the seeds that are in here, after its dry then you shake them out, says Celeste. “I have some that have dark spots and I ill put them in light soapy bleach and it takes the stains out and of course you can’t use those seeds."

    And Celeste says just dry them out after each use, and you'll never have to say good bye.

    "They last forever as long as you take care of them."

    Celeste will start planting here seeds now so she will have loufas to give away all summer.

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    Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps: http://amzn.to/TWz2tq

    Foods That Will Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps



    There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegetables, and there are heaps of different foods that will re-grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin.

    Just remember, the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. Make certain you buy local organic produce, so you know your re-grown plants are fresh, healthy and free of chemical and genetic meddling.

    Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel

    You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing.

    Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. I keep mine in the kitchen window. The green leafy part of the plant will continue to shoot. When it’s time to cook, just snip off what you need from the green growth and leave the white root end in water to keep growing. Freshen up the water each week or so, and you’ll never have to buy them again.

    Lemongrass

    Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. To propagate it, place the root end (after you’ve cut the rest off) in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position.

    Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Transplant your lemongrass into a pot and leave it in a sunny outdoor position. You can harvest your lemongrass when the stalks reach around a foot tall – just cut off what you need and leave the plant to keep growing.

    Celery, Bok Choi, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage

    Similar to leeks, these vegetables will re-grow from the white root end. Cut the stalks off as you normally would, and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water – enough to cover the roots but not the top of your cutting. Place it in a sunny window position, occasionally spraying your cutting with water to keep the top moist.

    After a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. After a week or so, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the level of the soil. The plant will continue to grow, and within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head.

    Alternatively you can plant your cutting directly into soil (without starting the process in water) but you will need to keep the soil very moist for the first week until the new shoots start to appear.

    Ginger

    Ginger is very easy to re-grow. Simply plant a spare piece of ginger rhizome (the thick knobbly bit you cook with) in potting soil with the newest (ie. smallest) buds facing upward. Ginger enjoys filtered, not direct, sunlight in a warm moist environment.

    Before long it will start to grow new shoots and roots. Once the plant is established and you’re ready to harvest, pull up the whole plant, roots and all. Remove a piece of the rhizome, and re-plant it to repeat the process.

    Ginger also makes a very attractive house-plant, so if you don’t use a lot of ginger in your cooking you can still enjoy the lovely plant between harvests.

    Potatoes

    Re-growing potatoes is a great way to avoid waste, as you can re-grow potatoes from any old potato that has ‘eyes’ growing on it. Pick a potato that has robust eyes, and cut it into pieces around 2 inches square, ensuring each piece has at least one or two eyes. Leave the cut pieces to sit at room temperature for a day or two, which allows the cut areas to dry and callous over. This prevents the potato piece from rotting after you plant it, ensuring that the new shoots get the maximum nutrition from each potato piece.

    Potato plants enjoy a high-nutrient environment, so it is best to turn compost through your soil before you plant them. Plant your potato pieces around 8 inches deep with the eye facing upward, and cover it with around 4 inches of soil, leaving the other 4 inches empty. As your plant begins to grow and more roots appear, add more soil. If your plant really takes off, mound more soil around the base of the plant to help support its growth.

    Garlic

    You can re-grow a plant from just a single clove – just plant it, root-end down, in a warm position with plenty of direct sunlight. The garlic will root itself and produce new shoots. Once established, cut back the shoots and the plant will put all its energy into producing a tasty big garlic bulb. And like ginger, you can repeat the process with your new bulb.

    [Onions

    Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to propagate. Just cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny position in your garden and cover the top with soil. Ensure the soil is kept moist. Onions prefer a warm sunny environment, so if you live in a colder climate, keep them in pots and move them indoors during frostier months.

    As you use your home-grown onions, keep re-planting the root ends you cut off, and you’ll never need to buy onions again.

    Sweet Potatoes

    When planted, sweet potato will produce eye-shoots much like a potato. Bury all or part of a sweet potato under a thin layer of soil in a moist sunny location. New shoots will start to appear through the soil in a week or so. Once the shoots reach around four inches in height, remove them and re-plant them, allowing about 12 inches space between each plant. It will take around 4 months for your sweet potatoes to be ready. In the meantime, keep an eye out for slugs… they love sweet potatoes.

    To propagate sweet potatoes, it is essential to use an organic source since most commercial growers spray their sweet potatoes to prevent them from shooting.

    Mushroom

    Mushrooms can be propagated from cuttings, but they’re one of the more difficult vegies to re-grow. They enjoy warm humidity and nutrient-rich soil, but have to compete with other fungus for survival in that environment. Although it is not their preferred climate, cooler environments give mushrooms a better chance of winning the race against other fungi.

    Prepare a mix of soil and compost in a pot (not in the ground) so your re-growth is portable and you can control the temperature of your mushroom. I have found most success with a warm filtered light during the day and a cool temperature at night. Just remove the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk in the soil, leaving just the top exposed. In the right conditions, the base will grow a whole new head. (In my experience, you’ll know fairly quickly if your mushroom has taken to the soil as it will either start to grow or start to rot in the first few days).

    Pineapple

    To re-grow pineapples, you need to remove the green leafy piece at the top and ensure that no fruit remains attached. Either hold the crown firmly by the leaves and twist the stalk out, or you can cut the top off the pineapple and remove the remaining fruit flesh with a knife (otherwise it will rot after planting and may kill your plant). Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk). Remove the bottom few layers of leaves leaving about an inch base at the bottom of the stalk.

    Plant your pineapple crown in a warm and well drained environment. Water your plant regularly at first, reducing to weekly watering once the plant is established. You will see growth in the first few months but it will take around 2-3 years before you are eating your own home-grown pineapples.

    And one for the kids….. ‘Pet’ Carrot Tops!!

    I call this a ‘pet’ because the plant that re-grows from planting a carrot top will NOT produce edible carrots, only a new carrot plant. The vegetable itself is a taproot which can’t re-grow once it has been removed from the plant. But it makes an attractive flowering plant for the kitchen, and they’re easy and lots of fun to grow…. for kids of all ages!

    Cut the top off your carrot, leaving about an inch of vegetable at the root. Stick toothpicks into the sides of the carrot stump and balance it in a glass or jar. Fill the glass with water so that the level reaches the bottom of the cutting. Leave the glass in filtered, not direct, sunlight and ensure water is topped up to keep the bottom of your cutting wet. You’ll see roots sprout in a few days, and you can transplant your ‘pet’ carrot into soil after a week or so.

    Your success re-growing lovely fresh vegies from scrap may vary, depending on your climate, the season, soil quality and sunlight available in your home or garden. And some vegies just propagate easier than others do. In my experience, a bit of trial and error is required, so don’t be afraid to do some experimenting. Get your hands dirty. It’s lots of fun! And there’s nothing like eating your own home-grown vegies.

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    I was thinking yesterday that I'd like to put a few plants in our back yard, just to have the pleasure of growing things - I think I'm going to try a few herb pots on the front porch, too. I have a celery base that I'm going to try to start. I've actually planted ginger, though I had it in a pot on my deck...never got it big enough to use. The pineapple crown that I planted grew well in a big pot, about 2-1/2 feet across when I gave it to my brother.

    And about the loofa/loufa sponge - I grew up with those as a kid My Japanese mother would grow them - sometimes she would pick them young and cook with them (I didn't like the taste) but she let some get large, and we used them all the time for scrubbing ourselves down (exfoliating before it was popular, LOL). I hope I have some of the success that my mom did - she did quite a bit of gardening.
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    Learn to Make a Pallet Garden In 7 Easy Steps

    Date: May 30 2012 | Author: Jessica

    The votes are in! We asked our Facebook fans what type of pallet project they wanted to make and the answer was a pallet garden! Combining the ever-popular pallet with beautiful blossoms is easy, inexpensive and impressive. For awe-inspiring annuals, remember to regularly water your pallet garden.



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    List Of Vegetables That Can Grow On A Trellis Instead Of Trailing On The Ground

    You can grow melon, squash and cucumber vertically as long as you buy the right kind. Weekend Gardener tells you which kind and provides plenty of information to help you grow these vegetables vertically and free up space for other things in the garden.

    http://www.weekendgardener.net/blog/...and-melons.htm

    Vertical Supports:

    You can use string, netting or just a stake, as long as you place it very close to the plant. You can put a stake in the ground first, and then plant your seed or young plant around it. This way you don’t drive the stake into the roots of the growing plant.

    Then gently lift and bend the plant up, and tie it to the stake or string. After you get it started up your string or netting, every few days it will have grown out a few inches, and you’ll need to train that new growth up the trellis. So every few days, just keep training the new growth up the stake, string, or netting.

    The whole process is fast and easy and you will have saved a ton of room!

    For more gardening advice go to: http://www.weekendgardener.net
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