Recently it seems that Zombies have made a real “comeback”. Television programs, movie, books, and even cellphone companies have gotten on the Zombie bandwagon. So it seems only natural that Bountiful Baskets should resurrect a few veggies.
Last month I traveled to small town Iowa to visit my parents and introduce them to Bountiful Baskets. We received a couple heads of living lettuce in our baskets, and we each chose one as our volunteer item (how awesome is that!), after a week we had used most of 2 heads and I thought hmm, what would happen if I put these stumps with roots in the aero garden.
I uncoiled the roots and stuck them under the water and turned on the light source. After 2 days, by heck, there was lettuce starting to grow! I left a few days later, but gave Mom instructions on how to tend to her new lettuce garden, 2 weeks later she sent me a picture. It’s ready to start harvesting!
I decided to see if I could actually raise some of my produce from the dead. So I cut the bottom off a celery head we got in our basket, and plunked in a dish of water, then I cut off the bottom of romaine lettuce and stuck in in there too.
I had some green onions from a recent basket and and a leek I had purchased at the grocery store (gasp!) so the leek I cut the root end off and the green onions I used the greens for baked potatoes, but I had some green left with the root and so into a container they went.
After about a week (when the above pictures were taken) you can see there is already new growth! Woot! This could actually work! After 2 weeks I had a nice 4-inch tall cluster coming up from the celery, about an inch growth on the lettuce, the leek had a nice green shoot that stood about 3 inches, and the green onions I had to trim and use a couple of times because they were growing FAST! I should have taken a picture, but got busy and didn’t (kicking myself!). Well, they had out grown their dish, and I put then into taller containers and added more water, stuck them up on the windowsill and went on with life. A couple days later I noticed a fowl odor and started exploring…oh no! Lesson learned, keep the roots in water NOT the entire bottom! I killed my Zombies, turned them into smelly mush! But, I am determined to build myself a Zombie Garden this winter, I now know what NOT to do!
Mom on the other hand has been harvesting her lettuce a few leaves a day, and enjoying her Zombie salads!