Want to grow your own fresh veggies but don’t have a garden or the space for a veggie patch? Read on to find out how you can regrow vegetables in your kitchen.
Five popular vegetables that you can regrow again and again from scraps:
1. Romaine Lettuce
3. Spring Onions
5. Bok Choy
Romaine Lettuce: Chop off the bottom of the lettuce and place the core in cup filled with around 3cm of water. After a few days you can transfer the lettuce into a small pot of soil and watch it grow. The kitchen window sill is an ideal location to place a plant pot, as it will receive plenty of sunlight.
Celery: Celery is one of the easiest vegetables to regrow from scraps and reaps the most reward, as you can grow a full-sized piece of celery from your original celery scrap. First chop off the base of the celery and place it in 5cm of water. Then place the cup somewhere with lots of sunlight and let it grow for 1 week before transferring it to a small pot of soil. Celery is a great healthy snack and the perfect ingredient for your green juices.
Spring Onions: The base of your spring onion scraps can be planted straight into a small pot of soil and lightly watered. To regrow spring onions all you need to do it chop off around 5cm off the base and place the roots in a glass of water. You can then continue to grow this tasty vegetable and have an unlimited supply right there in your kitchen.
Bok Choy: For the base of the bok choy to regrow and supply new leaves it needs to be submerged in a cup of warm water. After 1 week, transfer the bok choy into a small pot of soil and place towards the sunlight.
Carrot: Unfortunately you cannot grow a full sized carrot from scraps in your kitchen. However as shown in the image below, you can chop off the tops of the carrot, place them in a shallow cup of water and regrow the tops. This method is ideal for growing carrots to put in soups, sauces or salads. You can even regrow the edible leaves of the carrot and use them to garnish your meal.
Don’t worry about fruit flies!
You may find that your kitchen turned green house will attract some fruit flies. Don’t worry, you can prevent these unwelcome guests from visiting your kitchen by placing a shallow bowl of apple cider vinegar mixed with a splash of dishwashing liquid next your veggies. This natural remedy will create a trap for any fruit flies that may wonder inside.
Regrowing veggies from scraps will not eliminate the need for a weekly vegetable shop, but it can save you money in the long run and is a lot of fun!