Have you tried to Regrow your food?
I love to save money and I don’t like to waste things that can be reused or recycled in another way. Did you know that many common vegetables are very easy to regrow from ordinary kitchen scraps? The chart above shows some of vegetables that you can use to regrow your food. I’ve been doing this with spring onions for years and have recently branched out into some other ones.
There are many vegetables that are suitable for this kind of project. These are some of the easiest ones to do:
Pineapples. Cut off the top of the pineapple and let it dry out a bit. The plant the whole top in potting soil. My pineapple top grew roots in about 2 weeks and was a very healthy plant in just a few months. I have not had it produce fruit though. See my blog post showing the pineapple top growing.
Spring onions: Just put the whole bunch in water. Cut off what you need but leave the base and they will regrow. My daughter gave me a cute onion vase. I just keep water in it and have spring onions growing on my kitchen counter all the time. You will never have to buy spring onions again!
Ginger. Very easy to grow from just a piece of the ginger root. I have written an article on growing ginger here.
Celery. The bottom part of the whole stalk will regrow into a new plant. This is one of the easiest plants to regrow from kitchen scraps. Just put the bottom in some water until roots form and then plant into potting soil.
Regular onions. Just cut off the root end of an onion, leaving about ½ inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny position in your garden and cover the top with soil.
Potatoes. You can re-grow potatoes from any potato which has ‘eyes’ growing on it. Cut the potato into 2 inch pieces, making sure that each piece has at least one or two eyes. Leave the cut pieces to sit at room temperature for a day or two, allowing the cut areas to dry and callous over. This prevents the potato piece from rotting after you plant it. Plant in soil for new potatoes.
Lettuce. Most leafy greens are easy to grow from scraps. Place the left over leaves in a bowl with a bit of water in the bottom of it. Keep the bowl on a sunny window sill. Roots will start growing in about 3-4 days, then transplant into soil. Lettuce is also known as a cut and come again plant. Once planted in soil, don’t dig the whole thing up, just cut off the top. It will regrow.
Fennel. Regrowing fennel means keeping the root intact. Cut off about an inch of the base of the fennel and place it in a container with about a cup of water. Put the container in direct sunlight on a windowsill. Once the roots start growing, you will see new green shoots coming up from the center of the base. Then you can transplant in soil.
Sweet potatoes. These are done differently than normal potatoes. Cut the sweet potato in half and use toothpicks to suspend it over a container of water. Roots will appear in a few days and soon three will be shoots on the top of the potato. See this post for details.
Have you tried to regrow your food from kitchen scraps? What was your experience?
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