Worried that you’re generating too much organic waste at home? Before you take out the trash, consider if there are any uses for the waste you’ve created. Re-growing is a great way to make extra use of your kitchen scraps!
- You don’t need an excessive amount of water – just enough to cover the roots. Otherwise, the vegetables can get mouldy and slimy!
- Make sure to check the water every other day to ensure that there’s enough water and there are no pieces that have fallen off (which will slime up your bowl!)
- The size of your container should be relative to the size of the food you’re growing. Lettuce and celery grows best in shallow bowls while green onions can be placed in tall, skinny glasses
- You can regrow multiples of the same plant (that are in different growth stages) as long as you’re not overcrowding the area.
We’ve got three vegetables that can be replanted easily – even for the novice gardener.
Instead of tossing the white ends of your green onions, use them to grow more! Green onions are the easiest food scrap to regrow. Place the leftover roots and drop them in a glass with enough water to cover the white parts. Make sure that the roots are pointing downwards. Stick the glass on a sunny windowsill and change the water every other day to prevent mould.
We should warn you that these babies grow fast. Within a week, you can look forward to at least 3-4 inches of fresh green onion on top!
Save the bottom two inches of your romaine lettuce and keep it in shallow dish of water and place in the sun. In around 3 days, you’ll see new leaves start to sprout from the center! You should have a new half-head of lettuce in a little more than 2 weeks. We’ve only tried this with romaine lettuce but have heard that other lettuces (like red leaf lettuces) are successful!
When preparing a full celery, don’t throw out the 2″ of the stalks and place in a small bowl of water. After 3 to 4 days, you’ll see new growth from the center of the stalk. From there, you can move it into a flower pot with soil. This vegetable does take a while for it to fully grow but it is well worth it!