Monday, June 15, 2020

Basic Vegetable Home Gardening For Beginners

Even before the lockdown and the pandemic, you can always find me in the kitchen, whipping, and preparing meals. I always find cooking as one of the relaxing things I can do at home. In cooking my creativity for food burst in ideas. I am not a professional cook, but I can cook meals out of what I have in the kitchen, or what I plan to cook. 

There was a point when the lockdown was implemented in the city, I panicked with some of my necessities for cooking. I was half-prepared with my stocks. Limiting the purchase of supplies and closing of the markets made me stressed out a little. Good thing, some business owners came up with an idea of home delivery. From vegetables to meat I was able to get some fresh produce and meat products from the market without going out and exposing myself in the crowd of people who are trying to get their daily supplies. Food and supplies delivery became my lifeline in providing and preparing fresh and nutritious meals for us during the lockdown. 

I have also learned to start my vegetable home gardening, yes, I am a novice when it comes to this. I am trying my luck to grow some vegetables and herbs which I normally use. And, since I have no work for now I have so much time to tend to my mini-garden. 

From my last produce order, I thought of saving some of the leftover basil leaves which turned a little dry. I soaked the stem in water and after 24-36 hours it turned green and fresh. 

BEFORE

AFTER 24-36 hours in water


From this batch, I cut out some milk cartons which I saved taped the sides and placed some twisted wires to serve as hooks for the hanging. 

Placed a handful of soil and stick the basil leaves stems in it. 


This is what it looks like after 24 hours in the soil. 


Can you see the budding flowers? I think they sustained the water to soil transfer. :) 
I have two more carton/pots which have okra seeds and the one has red chilis.

I was able to pick some of the basil leaves before planting them and made some beef and basil omelet for lunch.


Wish me luck with this vegetable gardening adventure at home! 



UPDATE: After a week.












More photo update soon...

47 comments:

  1. This is a great post for people who are looking to start gardening. My husband started gardening last year and we love our fresh produce.

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  2. My basil is struggling this year. I have to give your tips a try.

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  3. How cool. I wish I could grow things but I have a black thumb. So I just buy vegetables.

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  4. Sounds like a fun project! My husband ordered some strawberry plants recently so we're gonna plant those soon.

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  5. I love gardening vegetables and herbs, is so great. I used to have a pallet filled with some herbs but after the huracain came I lost the interest. I have to start doing it again.

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  6. I'd really love to take the time to start a garden some day. Thanks for these ideas to get started out.

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  7. I wish my plants were thriving. My tomatoes are failing so bad

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  8. This is so helpful for beginners! I cannot wait for the vegetables to be ready from our little garden. Already have some herbs and they really elevate our homemade meals!

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  9. This is an amazing way to always have your vegetables handy whenever you need to whip up something quickly.

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  10. I started from seeds this year to give me something to do during the shutdown.

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  11. I too have a small garden with lot of greens. Home grown veggies are best.

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  12. i have a couple of plants at home as well. gardening is relaxing.

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  13. I wanted to try to plant some tomatoes before. But I'm afraid the squirrels will eat them.

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  14. I really love this post and such a helpful for beginners. I have a small indoor garden

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  15. hi
    the start of the vegetable gardening initiative is a great hobby that you have picked up . this pandemic has been productive to a lot of souls

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  16. wow. you dis something awesome. Thanks for sharing with us. I should give gardening a try!

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  17. I love growing my own vegetables. I haven't been able to get to my Nan's to look after my garden (thats where it's housed, in my grandfather's polytunnel) but she's been looking after it for me.

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  18. I wish I had a garden but I live in a tiny apartment where I've a few succulents and ornamental plants. Though I'd love to do gardening some day when I'll own a big house.

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  19. planning to start gardening, planting your own vegetable is better than buying them

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  20. Wow!! I don't think I have ever seen such an amazing transformation from plants that got so dry. I actually think that you have special water. I am thinking of trying that trick myself to see if it works.

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  21. There’s nothing like serving fresh basil leaves from your garden and running back into your kitchen to add it to whatever you’re cooking.Wish I have a green thumb. my plants were always succulents

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  22. I use herbs in my cooking a lot and I've been wanting to have an herb garden. I might try it soon. -LYNNDEE

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  23. Oooooh I love the milk carton idea! My kids will love doing this!

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  24. Gardening is a great way to make the most of your time in lockdown I agree. There is nothing more satisfying than making your own meal from scratch and growing your own fruit and veg is a great way to implement that.

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  25. Not great with gardening, but have been seriously thinking of starting it and growing vegetables and herbs at home! With the looks of it, it doesn’t look that difficult either. Thanks for this useful post!

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  26. I love doing small gardens. These are some really great tips.

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  27. The plants are wonderful! Gardening is so great.

    xoxo
    Lovely

    http://mynameislovely.com

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  28. Looks like you have a really green thumb! Your plants are doing great! I currently have only basil and scallions growing.

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  29. Wow..these seems to be very interesting and amazing..loved these ideas..Thanks for sharing them..Great work...

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  30. Always fascinated by growing my own vegetables, but never tried thinking I am no good with gardening! Thanks for inspiring people like me through this post! Will have to start somewhere!

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  31. I have been wanting to grow more veggies at home. I currently have a few things growing, which is impressive for my because I tend to kill plants.

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  32. Gardening is my favourite thing, I've just started using my greenhouse. It's amazing to see everything grow.

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  33. We love our organic garden. Right now we have strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, spinach, kale, lettuce and arugula. We have tomato plants, but they are still flowering.

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  34. Gardening is so relaxing. I don't have it at home but I do enjoy helping my in laws wwith their garden plants when we visit

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  35. My mom loves gardening she planted vegetables plants on our backyard awesome tips from you I will share this tips to my mom Thanks for sharing:)

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  36. I wish I can garden on my balcony. My husband refused to let me but I wanna learn! Thanks for this! -CHEEIA

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  37. Since lockdown we did these and now harvesting veggies for personal consumption

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  38. We've got some vegetables going, but we have high temperatures so it's not an easy experience. I love having fresh basil around the house!

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  39. I was looking for something like this since i am a beginner at gardening. Quite helpful. Thanks

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  40. Gardening is so much fun, and you get food out of it! It’s a win win

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  41. I really need to start gardening ! Without doubt, home veggies are the way to go.
    Keep up the good work.

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  42. I tried planting some basels so we're waiting to see the outcome soon. I think gardening is so relaxing

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  43. Hi Agnes! I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who got into gardening during the quarantine! Last April, I started planting arugula and cabbage. Not only does it make these veggies accessible but gardening itself is quite relaxing.


    I wanted to try planting Basil though!

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  44. Marta SkeledžijaJune 18, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    Home gardening is the best. We grow most of our veggies and fruits our self.

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  45. I live in an apartment in a city. Even though I can't garden like normal, I do keep plants on the balcony.

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  46. I wish I had a garden so I could also do it. Unfortunately I live in an apartment.

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  47. I love contents like this. In fact I'm gonna be start gardening soon, and wil eventually be my niche for blogging.

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