Plant Your Compost: Resprouting Produce Past its Prime


This time of year in Texas I'm dreaming of the veggie garden. Oh yes, I've been working on my garden planting layout for a few days now. I'm planning for crop rotation and companion planting. I'm also using repurposed cardboard tubes to plant my heirloom seeds in my "indoor greenhouse" so when the time's right I'll have seedlings to lovingly place into that prepared garden soil. It's true that even before gardening season there's lots of gardening tasks to complete.

But sometimes the opportunity to get my hands in the dirt happens earlier than I planned.  And sometimes that opportunity comes by way of fresh produce getting past its prime for any kind of kitchen deliciousness.  But in past years when I'd toss that failing produce into the compost bin, these days I'm doing something different. I'm planting my compost! A couple of easy and early-gardening examples presented themselves in my kitchen recently.

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Garlic Past Its Prime is Full of Opportunity

I didn't get to that fresh clove of garlic before I noticed the cloves were starting to spread apart. Then gradually they started showing tiny green sprouts at the top of each clove. The time is right in our planting zone 7 so I'll just plant it in the garden. Heck, it's already gotten a head start, right? Then this one clove of garlic will be magically transformed to many cloves of garlic for future culinary delights in my kitchen!

So I take the sprouting garlic to the garden and gently pull apart the cloves. Then, I take my garden hoe and make sure any early-sprouting spring grasses are removed and fluff the soil a bit. I then use the edge of my hoe to make a shallow trench and place each sprouting clove of garlic (sprouted side up) in a line about 8 to 10 inches apart from each other. 

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You can "re-grow" celery by cutting a couple of inches off the bottom. (there has to be the 'heart of the celery still attached) place root side down in a shallow dish of water until roots start to sprout, then plant that in your garden. I've done it,,, it works! I've recently read that you can also re-plant onions that way - I've never done that but I have a couple of store-bought Vadalias that I'm going to (TRY to) re-grow this year! And of course there's always potatoes. I had a pleasant surprise a couple of years ago when I first started composting. A scrap of a discarded 'eye of a potato' found its way to one edge of my compost pile and started growing. I left it alone, just kept covering with soil, and by the end of the summer I had a sack of fresh potatoes!

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