Did you know that you can regrow many of your kitchen scraps? This way, you minimise food waste. And as an added bonus, you have fresh veggies right in your window or garden!
From root veggies to fresh herbs; here’s how to do it.
What You Need
First things first: no veggies will regrow without plenty of sunlight. This means you need to place your growing veggies in a window that gets lots of sun during the day.
In addition, water is a key element in the regrowing progress. Make sure to exchange the water in your pots at least every other day, preferably daily.
Thirdly, you will need a pot for your veggies. This needs to be low so that it does not cast shade on what you are trying to regrow. Try using small bowls, or even smaller drinking glasses. For a DIY-project, you can also cut off the top of an empty milk or yoghurt container and use the bottom part to grow your veggies in.
How to Regrow Celery
It is super simple to make a bunch of celery grow again.
First, you need to cut off the base, leaving about 3 cm of the celery. Then place this, root down, in about 1-2 cm water in your pot. Leave for 1-2 weeks, or until the middle part has started sprouting. Remember to add more water as it evaporates and is absorbed.
Once your celery is sprouting, transfer it to soil outside. Cover everything but the sprout with a thin layer of soil, and water regularly. Plant your celery in late Winter or early Spring, and wait about four months for your celery stalks to get ready.
How to Regrow Herbs
Many fresh herbs can be planted and bring you fresh flavours without spending an extra cent.
For herbs to start growing again, they need to develop roots first. You can achieve this by first picking off any big leaves from a long stalk, leaving only a few leaves on top. Then place the stalk in a glass with 2-3 cm of water in the bottom, and wait for 2-4 weeks for roots to develop. Once the roots have grown to at least 3 cm, you can plant your herbs outside, or in a pot in a sunny window indoors.
Herbs especially good for regrowing include mint, basil and parsley.
How to Regrow Spring Onion
Spring onions might be the easiest vegetable to plant yourself. They already come with a ready-to-plant root and don’t need much attention from you once planted.
The only thing you need to do is chop off the bottom 2 cm of the spring onion, including the root, and plant directly outside in the soil. Water every now and then if dry, and the onions will start sprouting in a matter of days. They will be ready to eat after a few months, at which point you can just trim off how much you need and leave the root in the ground to keep growing.
If you do happen to purchase spring onions with very short or no roots, you can leave the bottom part in a glass of water in your window for a few weeks until roots develop.
How to regrow Garlic
Garlic is a kitchen essential that you don’t want to run out of. Luckily, by growing them in your own garden, you may never need to worry about running out again.
To begin the process, leave a whole garlic in a dark, dry space for a few weeks to a few months. This will encourage sprouting — check every now an then to see how the garlic sprouts are coming along. Once they have reached a cm or two, separate the cloves, leaving the white skin on. Then plant each clove in the soil, separately, leaving the sprout sticking up.
After three to four months (depending on weather), the stalks should start wilting, and this is when your garlic is ready to use.
How to Regrow Onion
This is another plant you don’t even need to keep in your window first.
Just cut off the root-end of the onion, leaving about 2 cm of the onion as well. Let this sit for a few hours to a few days, so it dries out a bit.
Then plant the root in your garden, covering the top of the onion with a thin layer of soil. Make sure to water regularly, and your onions will be big and ready to use in about four months.
How to Regrow Potatoes
Last, but not least, is our mighty spud.
Just leave a few potatoes in a cool, dark and dry place until they start to sprout. Once ready, cut the potatoes into pieces of a few cms, making sure there are sprouts on each piece. Let the pieces dry for a few hours.
After drying, plant the pieces under 2-3 cm soil in a pot in your window or outside. You should see leaves emerging after about a week. Make sure to keep watering the potato plants. The spuds are ready to harvest and eat once the plants above ground are dying out.