We love growing and harvesting our own vegetables at home. Nothing quite beat the taste and texture of our own plants. It is also immensely gratifying to see the whole journey from seeds to cutting the leaves for a meal and to be able to harvest again each week from the same plant.
We try amaranth in hydro and soil.
In our opinion, amaranth taste better if soil grown.
This leafy vegetable is a cut and grow plant and can be harvested within a month. There are a few varieties of edible amaranth (Yin Tsai, Chinese Spinach) , examples are red, green or mixed amaranth.
The seeds germinated in 2 days like this. It is important to keep the seeds constantly moist.
HYDRO Seedlings –
SOIL based Amaranth
The texture is silky when lightly braised in soup or quick stir fry. Extremely suitable for young children.
Exploring more interesting fresh salad options! Camomile leaves are crunchy and taste like the tea of the same namesake! Mixed with spicier arugula, it certainly add texture and kicked up quite an interesting mix.
Kale seeds also germinated in 2 days. A cut and grow plant that can be harvested in 2 to 3 months depending on each individual’s preference.
Our family loves the younger (smaller), sweeter tasting leaves that are usually not sold in supermarkets, as we consume them raw. The younger leaves are juicer and less fiberous.
Is also known as climbing or Ceylon spinach but this is not actually a spinach. It belonged to the Basellaceae family and the thick leaves resembled spinach. Eaten raw, every single bite is juicy and crunchy.
Fresh seeds harvested from plants are easier to germinate than store bought dry seeds. The latter need to be stratified by applying a nail file, knife or sand paper on seeds’ surface before sowing. It preferred hot direct brutal sun but can also be grown in part shade. In mature plants, the thick stem can be propagated in water or direct sowed in soil and roots will regrow.
This plant is a climber or creeper in cooler climate and need support. To harvest, we cut only the leaves and they regrow in a week.
Not sure if our string trellis would work, will update soon.
This plant can be propagated from cutting. We will be growing some of these in hydro to maximize space on the hanging gardens.
Two plants per family is often enough for a reliable source of vegetables harvest every week. Avoid drying out the soil as this will cause flowering which resulted in bitter tasting leaves.
Despite its size, this vegetable is a power house of nutrients (vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, carotene) and is recommended to eat them raw in mixed salads or juice.
Will be consuming as microgreens in mixed salads.
Sugar Loaf (Italian name – Pan di Zucchero)
We grew vegetables on our windows to harness natural resources such as wind and sun. Our “pots” are constantly in motion, creating ripples in their individual reservoir, giving roots zone more aeration naturally.
This hanging garden also allowed soil and hydro based plants to grow together and we DIY these pots’ hangers from PET bottles.
SALADS & HERBS WORKSHOP is available for private 1 : 1, small private group or schools setting. Learn how to grow from seeds in both soil and hydro, the plus & minus of both mediums and embark on this wonderful journey of growing & harvesting fresh whole food.
Fresh harvest from our gardens everyday !