If you don’t have a garden as yet or just looking for ways to cut back on grocery bills then regrowing from kitchen scraps will make your life easier.
As much as we would love to save on groceries, you can reduce it to an extent and no more.
But, starting a little garden right in your kitchen with food scraps that you’ll usually toss in the bin is definitely a win-win.
This would be a great experiment for kids to learn about plants and supply the family with tasty produce.
Before getting started here are some tips:
- Only use organic vegetables, herbs, or fruits
- Before planting, ensure sprouts aren’t damaged
- If needed, have potting soil at hand to transfer the plant
- Know what to expect as some plants regrow entirely and others partial
STEM TO REGROW
This is one of the easiest plants to grow right in your kitchen. First, cut off the end or base of your celery (about 2 inches) and place it in a shallow bowl of water. See to it that the water covers at least an inch of the celery base.
Ensure that the bowl gets direct sunlight by placing it near a kitchen window or wherever convenient to you.
Change the water twice a week or when needed. In about a week, you’ll see a bit of growth, primarily the leaves.
Once this happens, it’s time to transfer your plant into potting soil and watch it flourish.
Celery tends to do well in cool weather, rich soil, and must be water consistently (the soil should be moist).
I love green onions which are also known as scallions. They add a lovely flavor to my dishes.
In addition, it’s easy to start planting green onions from scraps. Before you toss away the white roots of your green onions, try regrowing it.
Get a jar and let’s begin!
First, cut the end of the white onions and placed it in a jar with enough water to cover the roots. The roots should be facing downward leaving the top edges above the water.
Place your jar near a window to get sunlight and changed the water at least twice a week.
After a couple of days, you’ll notice signs of growth in the green section. Once these green shoots are about 4 inches, transfer them into a pot filled with potting soil.
This is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s a common food staple used in my home when cooking.
For this gardening idea, both purple or green cabbage will get the job done.
First, take the cabbage stem and place it in a bowl of water and place the container in a location where it can get good sunlight during the day.
Replace the water every other day. Watch it grow new leaf. Once you start seeing growth, transfer it to potting soil.
Similar process to lettuce, right?
This is fairly easy to regrow. First, you’ll cut off the base of the bok choy (bottom of the stalk) and place it in some water in a bowl.
Place the bowl near a window or wherever it can get sunshine. Ensure to change the water every two days or occasionally.
Over the next few days, you’ll see drastic changes. Once you see the roots sprouting and new growths in the center then its time to start planting.
Transplant the plant to container filled with potting soil.
It’s best to use romaine lettuce for this one.
You can regrow lettuce from its stem and it’s fairly easy to grow too. Ensure that your stem is intact for this experiment.
First, cut off the end of the lettuce leaving about 1-2 inches of the leaf and place it in a small bowl of water to get sunlight daily.
Change the water in the bowl every two days. You’ll start to see new growths (roots and leaves).
Once you recognize this, quickly transplant the lettuce into potting soil.
Plant multiple stems at once so that you’ll have more supply for your family.
Try to harvest your lettuce once it’s ready.
ROOT VEGETABLES TO REGROW (Leafy Tops)
Be reminded that you’ll not be able to regrow the actual carrot but rather the greens to add to your salad or to make your own carrot top pesto.
Cut the top of your carrots off before you cook them, and set them in a shallow dish, add one-half inch water, and wait for them to grow.
Place the container near windowsill.
Change the water every other day.
You’ll notice green sprouts at the top of your carrots starting to grow. When this happens, transfer to a container filled with potting soil.
Enjoy the greens as they grow.
Plant 6 or 8 carrot tops at the same time to have a larger harvest.
You can grow your own beet greens at home easily. So here goes, cut off the tops of your beets about ½ inch.
Place them in a shallow dish of water with the cut side facing downward near a windowsill for sunlight.
Change the water every other day. You’ll notice new growth after a few weeks.
You can then transplant it into a container filled with soil if you wish. Harvest the beet greens once they begin to grow.
TUBEROUS ROOTS TO REGROW
For this, buy organic produce to regrow since many have been sprayed to retard sprouting.
Potato is a common staple in many homes and can be used to make various recipes.
To grow your own potatoes from scraps in your kitchen, cut the potato(s) into two pieces, making sure each half has at least one to two eyes or buds.
Let the pieces sit for a few days until they’re dry to touch.
Then plant them in some soil and you’re good to go.
To regrow sweet potatoes, you need to cut the sweet potato in half and poke three toothpicks midway into the halves and hang them over a container. Ensure that the cut portion is facing down.
After a few days, you’ll then notice roots on the bottom and sprouts appearing at the top.
When sprouts are about four inches in length, twist them off and place them in a container with water.
Once the slip has a good set of roots, its time to start to plant it in soil.
SEEDS TO REGROW
You can grow plenty of pepper right in your kitchen by collecting seeds.
And it’s fairly easy to do too!
Start by planting your seeds in potting soil using a container. Ensure that it’s getting direct sunlight daily.
Once you have a harvest, just repeat the process.
Are you ready to start growing your favorite food from scraps? All you need to begin is water and a container.
Pretty simple, right?
This is a great experiment to do with your kids and stop food waste.