Growing your own herbs and produce at home is a great way to ensure that you’re eating healthy, organic foods. Want to take it one step further? Use the scraps and seeds from your fruits and veggies to grow a new plant! We’ve put together a simple guide showing you how to regrow celery, green onions, ginger and more from the foods you already have in your fridge and pantry.
Chop the stalks from the base of the celery. Rinse the base and place it in a small bowl of warm water, cut stalks facing upright. Leave the bowl near a sunny window for one week. Transfer to a planter or outdoor garden and cover with dirt and potting soil, leaving the newly formed leaf tips exposed. Water frequently and trim any stalks that seem to be wilting. In just a few months, you will have small stalks of celery ready for use. This same technique can also be applied to bok choy.
The rumors are true: scallions really do regrow themselves overnight (well, almost!). Place a bunch of scallions with roots in a glass full of water. It doesn’t matter how much of the top you’ve chopped off, as long as the roots are intact. Set the glass near a sunny window and watch your green onions magically resprout in a matter of days. Leeks will regrow this way as well.
This is a great indoor winter planting project. Simply plant a fresh ginger root partially submerged in moist, fertile soil. Within a few weeks, the ginger will root and begin to grow.
If you have couple of leftover garlic cloves, separate and plant them about one inch deep in potting soil in full sunlight. Water frequently until green shoots begin to grow, then water only when the topsoil is dry. Your bulbs will be ready for harvest in about 7 to 8 months. For best results, chop off the scape (the stalk that sprouts from the bulb).
Stick toothpicks into the end of a sweet potato and balance it on the rim of a water-filled glass so that it is halfway submerged. Place near a sunny window for a few weeks, at which point you will see shoots coming from the bottom and sprouts coming from the top. Cut into sections and plant outdoors. Your sweet potatoes are ready for harvest when its leaves begin to turn yellow.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITH SEEDS
If you purchase organic or heirloom seeds for your garden, you should be able to reuse the seeds from your harvest for next year’s plants. Some of the most successful plants for this application are tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkin. Make sure your seeds are completely intact and thoroughly cleaned and dried before replanting.
STARTING A TREE
It takes a lot of time and patience, but the seeds and pits from fruits like apples, peaches and avocados can be used to grow your own organic fruit trees. If you have the yard space and resources to maintain it, a tree that you’ve planted yourself can be a truly rewarding addition to your home garden. Click the links above for tutorials.
Have you ever regrown anything from kitchen scraps? Share your tips and tricks!
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