Some carrots can be harvested earlier than their full growing season as “baby carrots” (though, you should know, most store bought baby carrots are just shaved down from regular carrots). For example, Mokum carrots will be ready to harvest in less than two months fully grown, but “baby” Mokum carrots can be harvested after just 36 days.
Choose a pot that is between 10 to 12 inches deep. Fill the pot with good quality potting soil to within an inch of the top. Moisten the soil and sprinkle the seeds over the surface. Once they germinate, clip out some of the smaller seedlings with a pair of scissors so that the remaining carrots are about one-half inch apart. Do the same when they are three inches tall, only thin them to the distance recommended on the seed packet.
Like radishes, carrots will “shoulder” when they are ready to be planted. Pull carrots directly out, as digging around will disturb the other roots.
Certain herbs grow easily and quickly indoors, particularly mint and chives. To
get started with an indoor herb garden, first pick a sunny and warm location (or scrounge up your trusty grow lights) and fill a well-drained container with potting soil. When watering, focus on the roots (misters can cause mold), but do not overwater the herbs and drown their simple root systems. Stick your fingers beneath the soil; if you feel moisture, skip watering that day.
When pruning herbs to use if you want to continue growing them, but the best thing to do is to prune the leaves at the top, not the bottom. The big leaves on the bottom act as a sturdy base. Remove the end 1-2 inches of your plant’s stem. That exposed end will split and grow into two separate branches. Once you get into the habit of doing that, your plant will become bushier, creating more foliage.Never, at any given time, prune away more than one-third of the plant.
Cress — a peppery relative of watercress that can be used in salad, sandwiches, soups and as a base for roasted meats — is another great herb to grow indoors.
Fill a container (a small pot or tray usually works well) with potting soil, or place a few moist paper towels on a tray. Scatter the garden cress seeds over the soil or the paper towels. If you are using soil, press the seeds in lightly and sprinkle lightly with a little extra soil. Place the container or tray in a sunny indoor location, such as on a window sill. The seeds will sprout in about two to three days days, and you can harvest the sprouts when they are two to three inches tall, between 15 and 20 days after planting. Use sharp scissors to cut them about half and inch above the soil. You should be able to cut your cress four to five times before it goes to seed.
You can even grow garden cress on nothing more than a paper towel. Place a few moist paper towels on a tray and scatter the seeds over it. Place the tray in a sunny windowsill and water frequently (you will need to add more moisture if you are growing them in this way).
this trick to regrow scallions, you don’t even need seeds. After cooking, save the ends of the green onion bulbs with the roots attached. Place the bulbs root-end down in a small jar or glass and add enough water to cover the roots. Set the jar on a sunny windowsill, and, after about two weeks, your green onions will have formed long green shoots.
Regrowing food will also help
make your food supply last longer during the coronavirus. Many herbs — including basil, mint and rosemary — can be placed in water to grow new roots and transfer to a pot of soil for regrowth as well.