On Valentine’s Day, Spring Creek Senior Partners’ (SCSP) Indoor Gardening Club met for their second session with Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman, who taught them how to plant herbs from their kitchen scraps. “Today we are growing herb cuttings and placing them in water so that we can begin their rooting process,” Roytman said.
Each senior was given a clear plastic cup for their gardening project; however, Roytman recommends that the seniors use mason jars when re-growing vegetables and herbs at home. The seniors were then asked to choose an herb: lemon grass, mint, parsley or rosemary. “I want you to use your garden pruners, and cut the top half of the herb, just below the bud, about three inches. Once you’ve finished doing that, I want you to remove some of the lower leaves but not the top three,” Roytman said.
The class learned that in order for a cutting to grow roots, they must be submerged in water for several weeks. During this process it is important to make sure that the level of water is maintained so the plant is able to grow its roots without the risk of it becoming dehydrated. The group of seniors filled their cups with about two inches of water. “The rooting process should take about three to four weeks, but don’t be discouraged if it takes longer,” Roytman said.
“We are also going to be making our own soil too, so when these herbs have grown their roots (about two inches long) we can plant them in soil,” Roytman said.
In addition to preparing herbs for their rooting process, Roytman also showed the seniors an example of good potting soil. “The soil should have a soft and fluffy-like texture. The soil I brought today is really good, and I can tell that because of its color and texture. This soil has peat moss and vermiculite, which helps provide nutrients, retain moisture and helps with seed germination because it improves soil aeration,” Roytman said.
“I joined the SCSP indoor Garden Club because I thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor sessions during the spring and summer. I thought the class was very educational,” said Jean Wade, longtime Spring Creek Towers resident.
As a Valentines’ Day gift for the seniors, Roytman brought in daffodil seedlings that have been growing in a greenhouse (daffodils usually don’t sprout until the spring). She then placed the seedlings into potting soil and peat pots, which are biodegradable pots that make it easier to transplant your seedlings to either the outdoors or a bigger pot because they disintegrate overtime. Each attendee received a daffodil plant to water and enjoy at home.
Photos by Amanda