Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fun Experiment to Grow Green Onions (Part II)

Having experiment to grow green onion is really fun. My goal is to be able to grow its flower since I never see it with my own eyes, then I want to know what's going on after the blooming period. You will see these pictures and videos below as the results of my experiment.

The most interesting fact is I did not use any additional fertilizer. I only used the regular soil I had before from my old pots and watered them with rice water (I wash the rice before cook it and I always use the rice water to water my plants). Do you know why? I will share my own interesting story in the end of this post. So, please stay tuned for the next post (part III).

Green onion flower

The flower contents seeds that can grow the new generations.

Harvesting seeds and seperating the tiny green onions growing from the seeds.




If you miss the part I of this post, you can visit this link: Fun Experiment to Grow Green Onions (Part I)

To be continued


Allium
Allium sativum Woodwill 1793.jpg
Allium sativum[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
L.
Type species
Allium sativum
L.


Source: Wikipedia

About the author: Fida Abbott has interest in landscaping, gardening, and cooking besides singing and writing. She is a graduate of University of Pembangunan Nasional, Surabaya, Indonesia, in Bachelor Degree of Agriculture, 1988-1993. Recently she has writing projects and is pursuing her tax school in intermediate level.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fun Experiment to Grow Green Onions (Part I)

Green onions are often called scallions or spring onions are immature onions. They are used as vegetables, eaten either raw or cooked. They have milder taste than most onions. I used to cook them to make soups or any broths or just pour them (slices) on the top of the soup/broth.

I had an idea several months ago to do experiments: planting them inside and outside. I wanted to see the differences between growing inside and outside with different purposes. For inside: I planted them in the water (hydroponic system) and harvested the green leaves twice. For outside: I planted them in the containers/plastic pots using pot soil as their media. I wanted to see their flowers growing and would harvest the real onions (bulbs).

The first day after planting (Hydroponic).
Media: water. I changed the water at least once a week.
 Everyday the old and new leaves grew 1 cm.
This small plastic glass contains 3 green onions.

Growing after 2 weeks. Location to grow: Near window with full of sunshine.
Time to harvest.

This plastic container contains 6 green onions.
Every time I harvest, I have saved $1.18 as like buying them in one plastic back.
To harvest: I cut the green leaves and let the bulbs growing again one more time.
By harvesting twice, I have saved $2.36 as like buying them in two plastic bags.

In the second harvest I used all the parts of the green onions (leaves and bulbs) and only left two bulbs.
I did another experiment by planting them in the plastic pots using pot soil as their media. 
To be continued

Allium
Allium sativum Woodwill 1793.jpg
Allium sativum[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
L.
Type species
Allium sativum
L.

Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Meet Fida, A Gardener from Pennsylvania

Posing with one of my eight Thuja Green Giant Trees
I planted in autumn 2005. The baby plants were 
around 30 cm when I planted them and they were 
over 3 m when my husband took this picture
in October 11, 2009.
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Uuups, I almost forget to tell you. I am from a tropical island in South Asia: East Java, Indonesia. Earning Bachelor Degree in Agriculture in 1993 with my special program in Agronomy challenges me to learn more about gardening in Pennsylvania. You know what I mean: from facing two different climates to four different climates. Challenge is awesome. It gives me enthusiasm to do experiment and more experiments, practice and more practices with the results of  "WOW!!!" or "UUUPS!!!"   Learning to garden in different climates will build my skill of how to plant many kinds of plants in the right ways. So, if you're interested to know about my adventures in this world, don't forget to get my updated stories.

See ya!