It’s easier to go to the grocery but growing these vegetables from kitchen scraps is the real deal!
Although it requires some time, the benefits riding on the project are many. It will save you money and you need no farm; you can do it indoors.
All you need to do is use fresh scraps. Do not use stuff that has been composting for weeks. When you’re regrowing the plants, make sure you provide them with enough light and water.
You can regrow them using their discarded roots. Leave an inch of the scallion attached to the root and then put them in a glass of water. Place the glass of water in a room that’s well-lit.
Garlic sprouts can be grown from the garlic clove and have a mild flavor from that of garlic. The sprouts can be added to pasta, salads and other dishes. When they begin to sprout, place them in a glass that has little water.
Place the Bok Choy’s root ends in water in a well-lit area. Leave them for 1-2 weeks and then transplant them to a pot that has soil. It will grow a full new head.
Carrot greens can be regrown from carrot tops. Put the carrot tops in a dish that has little water. Place the dish in a room that is well-lit or on a window sill. Carrot greens are a bit bitter but when chopped up together with garlic and sweetened with vinegar, they can be used in salads.
Basil cuttings can be used to grow new basil. Put basil clippings that have stems of 3-4 inches in a glass of water. Place them in direct sunlight and when the roots get to 2 inches long, transfer them to pots. With time, they will grow into full basil plants. Be sure to change the water constantly, so they don’t get slimy.
You can use the leftover celery bottom for this. Cut the base off and place it in a shallow bowl or saucer in the sun. The leaves will thicken and grow with time in the middle of the base. Transfer it to soil after 3 days.
- Romaine lettuce
Romaine lettuce can be grown from the bottom of a lettuce head. Put stumps of the romaine lettuce in a ½ inch water. Make sure the water level is at ½ inch. Few days later, transplant the romaine lettuce into soil once new leaves and roots appear. The leaves can grow up to twice the size. You can also regrow cabbages in the same way.
If you place the stems of cilantro in a glass of water, they will grow. Transplant them when the roots become long enough, to a pot that has soil. Place them in a room with ample lighting. In a few months the plants will be fully grown.