Home-Grown Vegetables: Easily Plant, Fast Growing and Can Surely Be Consumed.
It is not very common for those living in the city to grow their own vegetables at home as they hardly have time or space for a growing one. However, some types of vegetables do not require much care or large area to grow. Apart from having fresh and chemical-free vegetables for consumption, gardening would be an activity to ease boredom, especially, when we have to stay in. It is a simple lifestyle that ignites happiness in us while staying at home. Let us now have a look at which home-grown vegetables is simple and easily grown.
Beansprouts are backyard vegetables that all of us would be familiar with. Many of us would have experience of growing one as a school assignment when we were young. The method of growing is really simple. First of all, soak green beans in water for about 6-12 hours. After that, bring a container that water can drain easily and cushion the bottom of the container with tissue papers. Then sow the soaked green beans all over the tissue papers and put another layer of tissue papers on top. Lastly, cover the container with another opaque container. With regular watering and we will get to have fresh beansprouts for cooking in just 4 days.
2. Sunflower Sprouts
Sunflower sprouts are green plants with high protein and are anti-aging. Also, it only takes 6-7 days for them to grow. To grow sunflower sprouts, initially, dry sunflower seeds under the sunlight for a day. Then soak the seeds in the water for a night. Get a basket and layer it with a thin cloth to prevent soil from falling out. After that, fill the basket up with soil and level the surface evenly. Sprinkle the soil with water till drenched and sow the seeds all over the basket and cover them up with a thin layer of soil. Last but not the least, cover up with an opaque containers. Place the basket in a humid area that sunlight will not reach. Water them morning and evening. For 7 days, the sunflower sprouts will be ready to eat. Take note that the sprouts are yellow because they have not received the sunlight. On day 7, place the sprouts under the sunlight and water them as usual. When all the sprouts turn green, they can then be collected for consumption.
3. Spring Onion
Spring onion is a common plant used in the household to sprinkle on top of soup or season in omelet to enhance the flavor. The method of planting is super easy. First, peel off the outer layers of an onion and cut a small part of the head off. Clean it well. Bring a plastic cup with lids, such as a coffee cup or blended juice cup. Put the lid upside-down and place it on top of the cup. Fill the cup with water up to the hole on the lid. Place the root part of the onion on the lid and let it soak for 20 days. Spring onion will be ready to be used by then.
Planting garlic is similar to planting spring onion. The only difference is that garlic has to be soaked in water for 1-2 days till the roots grow and the cloves have to be slightly trimmed before placing it on the lid. Put the cup in an area that sunlight can reach for approximately 20 days and the garlic is ready to be used.
5. Water Morning Glory
There are many methods in growing water morning glory and this is the simplest way to grow without requiring large space to do so. The very first thing is to buy water morning glory with roots and cut off the roots. Cut a sponge into dice shape to the size of 1 by 1 inch. Cut a hole on the sponge and soak it with water. Then plant the root into the hole of the sponge and place the sponge inside the basket that water can be drained easily. Let the stem protrude about 3 inches from the hole of the basket. After that, place the basket on top of the bucket of water. Be careful not to let the root touches the bottom of the bucket. Leave it for 5-7 days. When the root grows longer, plant it in liquid fertilizer as well as change into the bigger bucket. Leave it for another 14 days. Till then the water morning glory will be fully grown and can be used for cooking
6. Oyster Mushroom
This method of growing oyster mushroom is easy and can be done within condominium space. Firstly, find a Styrofoam box, for containing ice, turn it side-way, and fill it up with sand at about 2-3 centimeters high to keep the moisture inside the box. After that, put a wooden board or brick block as a base for a mushroom substrate. Place the substrate inside the box and cut open the bag. Water till drench and cover with thick clothes to block the sunlight. The box can also be placed inside the toilet. Water the mushroom substrate 3 times a day. The mushroom can be collected in about 4-10 days. All the mushrooms will grow within 1-3 months. Take note that the water used should be rainwater or water without chlorine. If tap water is used, it should be left in the open air to get rid of the chlorine for 1-2 days
7. Holy Basil/Mint
The easy method to grow is semi-hardwood cutting. To begin with, pluck the tip of the semi-hardwood stem and soak it in water for 2-4 days till the roots grow. Then plant it into the flower pot by planting it slantwise at 45 degrees. Cover with a thin layer of soil and leaves. Water it till drench and we can enjoy our dish with basil in about 15 days.
All the above home-grown vegetables can be easily grown. Even without any experience in gardening, one can plant them. Also, products can be harvested quickly. With suitable containers to grow in limited space, these plants can be grown within a condominium, townhome, or inside the house. More importantly, we get to consume home-grown, chemical-free vegetables as well as save up some money. Worth planting, does it not?