Farmers have been growing crops from crops for centuries. This is something that you can do at home too. After buying and using produce some of those vegetables and herbs can be sustainably regrown from the leftover pieces. Even if you’re not much of a farmer, these are simple methods that anyone can master.
- Scallions: To regrow scallions or green onions simply save the ends. When cutting the ends off, leave about an inch of the stem attached to the roots. Then place the root ends into a glass of water in a well-lit area and new scallions will grow. Scallions grow in a matter of days, so in no time at all you have brand new scallions ready to use. This process can be repeated again and again.
- Basil / cilantro: Basil and cilantro are regrown from plant clippings. Cut clippings that have about 4 inches of stem on them and place the clippings into a glass of water. Leave the glass of water and clippings in an area with direct sunlight. Roots grow from the stem and when they reach about 2 inches the clippings are ready to plant.
- Romaine Lettuce: Romaine is regrown from the stump end of a head. The stump is placed into a bowl with ½ inch of water and left in a window sill. In about 2 weeks new leaves will start to grow. A month or so later the lettuce will be fully grown.
- Bok choy / celery: Bok choy and celery are regrown the same way as lettuce. Place the root end in water and then place it in a well-lit area. In a few weeks, when the sprouts are about an inch or two tall, plant the end in the soil and a new Bok choy or celery grows.
- Onions/Ginger: Onions and ginger can regrow in soil from their ends. Just place the cut off end of an onion into soil and allow it to grow, you can harvest early and have green onions or allow it to grow to full development to get a new onion. Ginger can also be regrown in this same method but it takes a lot longer to get a fully developed bulb. Ginger will take months to sprout and up to 10 months to be ready to harvest.
Re-growing new herbs and vegetables from the remains of ones already purchased saves you money, transportation cost and is fun for the kids. Trying some of these simple growing tips is also a great way to get your home vegetable garden going. Growing your own greens and veggies can provide all the inexpensive healthy perks of organically grow food right in your own backyard, while also providing a relaxing diversion from your everyday responsibilities.
related: more green tips from The Alternative Consumer