Five Foods That Will Re-Grow From Your Kitchen Scraps
- Celery, Bok Choy, Lettuce & Cabbage: These vegetables re-grow from the white root end. Cut the stalks off as you normally would, and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water – enough to cover the roots but not the top of your cutting. Place it in a sunny window position, occasionally spraying your cutting with water to keep the top moist. After a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. After a week or so, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the level of the soil.
- Ginger: Very easy to re-grow. Simply plant a spare piece of ginger in potting soil with the newest buds facing upward. Ginger enjoys filtered, not direct, sunlight in a warm moist environment. Before long it will start to grow new shoots and roots. Once the plant is established, pull up the whole plant, roots and all.
- Potatoes: Pick a potato that has ‘eyes’, and cut it into pieces, making sure each piece has at least one or two eyes. Leave the cut pieces to sit at room temperature for a day or two, which allows the cut areas to dry and callous over. This prevents the potato piece from rotting after you plant it, ensuring that the new shoots get the maximum nutrition from each potato piece. Plant your potato pieces around 8 inches deep with the eye facing upward, and cover it with around 4 inches of soil. As your plant begins to grow and more roots appear, add more soil.
- Onions: Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to re-grow. Just cut off the root end of your onion, leaving a ½ inch of onion on the roots. Place it in a sunny position in your garden and cover the top with soil. Ensure the soil is kept moist. Onions prefer a warm sunny environment, so if you live in a colder climate, keep them in pots and move them indoors during frostier months.
- Garlic: You can re-grow a plant from just a single clove. Just plant it, root-end down, in a warm position with plenty of direct sunlight- the garlic will root itself and produce new shoots. Once established, cut back the shoots and the plant will produce a big garlic bulb.