What is a "tiehacker"?

"Tiehacker" is a term originating in the Ozark hills of southern Missouri. It referred to a class of people from WAY back in the hills that made a living cutting trees into ties for the railroad. I first heard the term from my wife shortly after we married. I had been working outside all day and was dirty and stinky. She had learned it from her father, and thought it just meant "a bum". Never having heard it before, I looked it up. Although I am not really a bum, I thought it was interesting, and I do have a life-long love affair going with the Ozark hills, so ... there you have it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Growing free vegetables!

The Debster & I have seen this kind of thing posted on Facebook many times, and decided to try it.

l-r: celery after about 10 days; celery after about 5 days, Romaine after about 3 days

We had finished a bunch of celery, and instead of tossing the "butt" into the compost bin, the Debster put it in a glass coffee mug with some water, and sat it in the kitchen window.

It started growing almost immediately. After about ten days, it is about eight inches tall with a full root system!

We started another, and after just a few days it is already about 3 inches tall.

So, just for giggles, we tried it with the butt end of a bunch of Romaine lettuce. It worked! In fact, it is growing faster than the celery.

These will be going into the garden in the next day or so.

How about that. Free vegetables!

(The kitchen window gets very little sun; if it was a south-facing window that actually got real sun, they would probably have done much better. Perhaps we need to set up a small area with a grow-light on some sort of timer? Hmmm ... something to think about.)

God bless
Ron & the Debster

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