gardening · Homestead

How to get an early start on your GARDEN


Yesterday, it snowed in April in Colorado.  I’m so glad we had a trip planned and I resisted doing any planting when it was in the 80’s here.  However, I have started a few items on our window sill.  Lettuce, green onions and for my first time ever…sweet potatoes!

I actually am so excited about the sweet potatoes that I have two of them in water.  My husband doesn’t know it, but we will soon be starting The Sweet Potato Diet: The Super Carb-Cycling Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks.  Screen Shot 2017-04-29 at 2.53.37 PM

I love sweet potatoes and want to learn about carb-cycling, so I’m going to try it.  I am only a few pages into the book, so I can’t tell you all it entails, but I do know that I will be able to eat sweet potatoes!

Some of the recipes include:  Chicken Sweet Potato Curry, Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Sweet Potato Brownies!  Pretty much every recipe in the book sounds mouth watering delicious.  I’m excited to get started!

Now, on to how to grow your own sweet potatoes…I buy a bag of sweet potatoes on a regular basis and have one almost every morning for breakfast.  I recently saw this how to start your own over on  To start, you need a sweet potato and a glass of water…that’s it!  So, that’s where I’m at:


I’m anxiously awaiting the slips to begin growing and to get these suckers in the ground. For details on the next steps, check out the Heart Hook Home Blog.  (Caution: if you like to crochet or cook, this blog is addictive.)

The other two items on our kitchen window sill are lettuce and green onions.  These won’t be planted, but will be enjoyed as soon  as they regrow enough.  You see, these are actually from other plants that I purchased at the grocery store.  The lettuce stem can be placed in a small glass with water and will regrow.  The green onion roots will regrow as well, again just set them in a small glass of water.  Be sure to change the water regularly to keep them from getting slimy.

What do you start or grow indoors?


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