The Serendipity of Gardening

Keeping Active in Times of Social Distancing

Green onions grown from starter bulbs only take only 20 to 30 days before ready to harvest.

The world is shutting down and many of us are living tiny in our homes with a prospect of weeks or months of relatively little direct human interaction.  Yes, there are books and yes – the phone and internet.  

There is also – the garden.

It may be faster to plant the cut tip of a green onion, which can regrow for fresh greens.

What can you do with a garden in thirty or sixty days…or a bit more?  I’m guessing more than you think.

In twenty-one days you can grow a bed of lettuce from seed.

In twenty-five days, you can grow radishes. Not a choice I would make but they’re fast, fun, and kids love to see them develop.

In thirty days, you could be harvesting bok choy or spinach (you see a trend here…leafy greens grow quickly).  But you can also harvest a crop of baby carrots too.

Parsley is difficult to grow from seed but relatively easy from purchased seedlings.

Larger full-size carrots take fifty days.

Sixty days?  Bush beans. Summer squash (actually 35 to 55 days) – those never-ending zucchini and relatives.

If you’re impatient then try cheating and starting from your salad discards.  The ends of green onions can be set in soil or a glass of water to grow new green tops.

The same for carrot ends (the top end where the leaves were).  Place in moist soil or a glass of water and watch them grow.

If you buy lettuce with the root still attached you can place that in soil and have fresh salad greens within a few weeks.

And celebrate the end of your confinement with a healthy salad or stew with fresh veggies.

Acorn squash is a winter squash not meant to be grown in winter but it keeps well for use after harvest in fall and winter. Acorn squash can take up to three and a half months to grow.


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