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GROW YOUR OWN LEMONGRASS

Growing your own lemon grass isn’t that difficult. Go to your local asian store and buy the fresh lemon grass you normally use for cooking.
Put the lemon grass for about 1 week in an inch of water and cover with a transparant plastic bag (to obtain a very moist environment).
After one week, transfer the lemon grass to a container with moist soil and cover again for 1 week.

FIRST SEEDLINGS ARE THERE

The first seedlings popping up are these dwarf peas;

In the meantime we also started to sow; amaranth, beets, different types of basil, coriander, thyme, different types of butternut, beans, flowers like marigold…

We are looking for plants for our green roof and exploring vertical wall systems.

TIME TO START TO SOW

We started 2 weeks ago with mainly peppers, tomatoes, dwarf peas and eggplants. The varieties we got from Emmanuel Iruthayathasan (who has bred his own varieties focused on flavor for more than 10 years).

To increase the success rate, take the following steps;

Step 1. Label your pots (with labels and write on the pots)

Step 2. fill the pots with seed-starting mix, leave space about 1 inch. Never use regular garden soil to start seedlings.  

 Step 3. Add water until the soil is saturated

Step 4. Make small holes and place the seeds as pictured below if you are growing eggplants or peppers.

Step 5. Cover first with some soil. Finish with turf

Step 6. Place into a light spot and DON’T water during 2 weeks

BREEDING FOR FLAVOR

More and more chefs start to cultivate their own vegetables as the market place offers only a limited amount of varieties.
Foodpairing.com wants to give vegetables, fruits, herbs a central place.
To increase the presence of home or restaurant grown vegetable we want to support and inspire in how to grow vegetables in a limited space and want to show how to breed your own new tasteful varieties.
Urban gardening is going mainstream, but we like to be creative in the selection of plants. And we want to move to the next level; breeding your own varieties.

I installed in my city garden a green house and during the next coming months I will update this blog, giving tips and tricks (which I get from breeders taking part in this platform) to show you how to be creative with limited space and how to start growing your own varieties.