My baby boy and growing spring onions from scraps17

Posted on October 23, 2013 by ChristieNorthern Rivers Stories


I’m baaaaaack!

Hello there lovely reader, thanks for coming to visit here again after my super-long hiatus. Just in case you forgot, I was away cooking up my gorgeous little cherub of a son. Isn’t he adorable? (Just nod, it’s the best thing you can do for a hormonal, loved up new mum!). 

Anyway, his name is Maxwell and he’s already 11 weeks. Sob. It’s going too quickly.

I honestly wasn’t sure how much more love I could pull out of my heart after already having the most beautiful girl in the world, but somehow I’m bursting at the seams with double the love I had before. Such is life!

I’m still getting used to wrangling the two of them all day long, but I’m told it gets easier over time. Right now I’m just savouring all the newborn snuggles – I just adore wearing him in a sling, it’s so deliciously addictive to have your baby close to you all day. Not to mention how easy it makes them to look after as they barely ever cry because they’ve got everything they need within breathing distance!

OK, enough baby talk, let’s get onto the main topic of this blog…


Last month I read a post titled Veggie Plants for Beginners by one of my favourite bloggers Erin, and I got very, very excited. Long term readers of this blog will know that I’m a bit of a black thumb when it comes to gardening. I prioritise keeping myself, my husband and my kids alive over plants – sorry herb garden, I do love you, promise!

However I do have a strong desire to grow things. I want to nurture veggies from seed, I want to remember to water and fertilise them, I want to pick them fresh from the earth and cook them for dinner. But there’s only one problem – that barely ever happens! Housework, kids, exercise, work, blogging and social media (and more) all get in the way dammit. OK, I let them, but still.

So when I read Erin’s genius idea to just simply plant the root ends that are chopped off my spring onions, I got pretty excited. I ran to the fridge to confirm that I did in fact have some spring onions. Yes. Then I ran to the garage to check I had some potting mix. Yes.

The universe had aligned! I could fast track the satisfaction of ‘growing’ my own veggies with minimum effort. That’s my kind of gardening.

Now, you die-hard gardeners are going to liken my shitty gardening effort to cooking a microwave meal, but I’m OK with it, judge away – I damn well grew spring onions in less than two weeks. Win! Thanks Erin, you rocked my world :)

See you again on Friday for my monthly In My Kitchen post, there’s lots of goodies!

Christie x


  • SheCooksGardens

    Haha, that is excellent! I’m so glad I could be of assistance. Another hot tip is that you can snip the tops of those green stems off while they are still in the pots and use like chives – they will grow back. Winner!

    ps – Hello Maxwell, you’re a little bit cute.xx

    • Oh, great tip! They should live on for a good long while then. Thanks again :)

  • Welcome gorgeous Maxwell! He looks so much like you, lucky guy!

    There’s no right way to garden. It’s just about doing what you can and having fun, so I’d say you’re well on track :)

    • He has his mum’s little button piggy nose, looks cuter on him :)

  • Lynda @HomeleaLass

    Welcome back and welcome to Maxwell. He is a bundle of gorgeousness.

    Planting the ends of spring onions and growing them is a fantastic idea, I reckon I could do this too! I like that it’s reusing something that you would normally throw out.


    • Yes Lynda! I meant to mention that’s what I love about it too – not wasting!

  • Congratulations and he is gorgeous indeed! Nice to see you back again and great job with the onions :)

    • Thank you! Looking forward to getting back to reading my fav blogs too, like yours! :)

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    OMG he is beyond adorable.

    And I am impressed with the onion thing. Totally going to give it a go. Remember this is the chick that killed mint. Thrice.


  • Oh gorgeous girl – Maxwell is absolutely divine. So happy for you and your beautiful family. Welcome back :) xx

    • Thanks lovely lady! Growing my brood to hang out with yours one day in the Bay!! :)

    • Ugh, late reply – sorry! Thank you lovely lady and very glad to hear you are feeling better xx

  • AmandaChewTown

    What an absolute cutie pie. So glad to hear you are back!

    • I am a bit biased but he really is the cutest baby of all time! Seriously, he’s really smiley and happy – it’s just brilliant.

  • You might not be the greatest grower of vegetables but you sure do grow beautiful babies! Your little cookie is gorgeous :)

    Good to see you back Christie! I’ve just come back into the world of blogging myself and need to catch up on all your posts.

    • hey thanks! I think I’d rather be good at growing cute babies anyway :) Will have to pop on over to your neck of the woods and see what you’re up to :)

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