Larry and I had dental check ups a couple of weeks ago and I got a clean bill of oral health, but poor Larry had to go back for a filling or two and to get his new "crown" installed. Don't you love it when those little health issues somehow snowball into an expensive and time consuming solution? It started with a broken tooth while we were at Navarre Beach and ended with the placement of a porcelain cap pushed onto the remains of his poor broken tooth. Thank goodness for dental insurance that reduced our obligation from $1500 to about $500!
At some point during this time frame I came across an idea on Pinterest that I thought sounded pretty neat. If you have not discovered Pinterest, please beware that it's pure evil and will suck you into a black vortex from which you may find it hard to emerge. Well, maybe it's not THAT bad, but it's pretty close. People have been known to click on Pinterest intending to search for a new way to cook chicken for supper and only escaped its clutches with the aid of several family members holding on to all four limbs pulling with all their might. It's a powerful addiction! But I digress......
I was looking for something to cook for dinner and, like most people who enter its domain, got quickly distracted by a pretty picture or interesting idea. This particular thing is so simple, so stunningly easy, I guess that's why I never thought of it and never saw it anywhere else. It is the crazy idea of taking the leftovers of a stalk of celery, placing it in a shallow bowl of water for a few days to sprout and grow roots before placing the whole thing in a pot of dirt to grow another whole celery plant. It just so happened that I had two almost used up celery stalks and figured,
"What the heck? What have I got to lose?"
So I took a knife and cut the remaining stalks off of the whole thing, making it straight across the top, leaving about an inch and a half or 2 inches of the stalk below. I found a small, shallow dish and put the celery in it, placed the whole thing on a shelf over my kitchen sink and stood back waiting for the action to start. Believe it or not, within a couple of days, I saw some tiny shoots growing out of the middle of the celery. Within 4 or 5 five days, there were whole leaves nudging their way upward and out of the center of the plant! Imagine my surprise when the leaves appeared to grow overnight by 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
|Two celery plants with sprouts and tiny roots, |
ready to be planted in a pot outside.