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 New gardening friends + open mind = better gardening and enriched lives for all

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PostSubject: New gardening friends + open mind = better gardening and enriched lives for all   Fri May 27, 2011 12:53 pm

I have made some new friends who grew up on farms. Here are just a few things I have learned from them.

Coffee, you can grow it next door in LA, so also presumably here.

Summer onion greens. When I saw one of my friends planting the top part of the large bulb onions that most people throw away, I at first thought "Oh, mistake, that will never make an onion." Closed minded statement! She was growing it for the greens that soon sprouted. So I tried it, and now, while my multiplying green onions are dormant, I still have onion greens. I will be planting more, as I use onions, for a steady supply through the summer. And because onions have so much water in their flesh, it is relatively easy to get them to root!

Potatoes. Don't pull up the plant when you harvest, unless it is dead. Just reach under and pull out what you want.

Eating raw okra and raw sweet potatoes. Raw okra is delicious, and for those concerned, not slimey! Sweet potatoes also are good.

And of course they have also been introduced to some new concepts by getting to know me. Win, win! cheers
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PostSubject: correction on planting old onions....   Tue May 31, 2011 4:11 pm

...plant the BOTTOM of the onion, the part with the roots!
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