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Things That Grow: A Tale of a First Time Gardener

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.”

-Frances Hodgson Burnett

When I came home from Korea, and after all the drama of July and August was over, my brother-in-law asked me if I would be interested in gardening as a way of keeping myself busy until I figured out what I wanted to do. I said that I would but I knew nothing about it. He lent me some books (which I have yet to complete!) but I never got around to actually planting anything. Then, about two weeks ago, I was visiting their family and he was showing his children how to plant some herbs and tomatoes. I watched, enthralled by the process and somehow came away  not only with some very handy knowledge but also with a little miniature green-house windowsill thingy (I don’t actually know what they are called and must remember to find out), some pots for planting and lots of seeds.

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, I set about planting seeds: coriander, parsley, basil, lettuce, rocket and tomatoes. I also read this article on The Kitchn and decided to try my hand at re-growing scallions. I’m really excited because you can see the new growth on my onions! It worked! It’s only tiny but it’s there! I am hoping that by the time the next In My Kitchen comes around I’ll actually have some shoots from my seeds to show off as well.  However, I am worried that perhaps I did something wrong when I was planting them, novice that I am! Regardless, I am so excited for this new adventure in my life that I feel just like Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden.  (by the way, just how appropriate is that quote at the beginning for this new adventure?????!!!!)

The lighter green part (on the outside) is where I cut the onion originally. The dark green shooting out is new growth!

So, I know this is a cooking blog and that this isn’t a recipe but, some day soon, I’ll be able to share a recipe with you using the food from my little garden and I can let you know if growing my-otherwise-kitchen-scraps of scallion really and truly did work out. After all, one can’t have a cooking blog without food and where better to get inspiration than from your own garden?

I am sharing this post on Fiesta Friday #107 which is hosted by the ever gracious Angie. Her lovely co-hosts for this week are Margy  @ La Petite Casserole and Su @ Su’s Healthy Living. Check out their blogs and all the lovely, tempting entries at Fiesta Friday!

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Hello, my name is Maggie and I love to cook. I hail from Dublin, Ireland, where I currently live. This blog, however, began it's life in South Korea where I taught for a little over 3 years. Welcome to Spoon in a Saucepan.


  1. marrific says

    can’t wait for the recipes with the herbs you’re growing!

  2. How exciting! Our seedlings are coming along too. Can’t wait to get them planted in the garden. I’ve been meaning to try scallions like that. I’ve also seen celery replanted and want to try that as well. Good luck!

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