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Have you ever thought of growing your own vegetables from food scraps? I know it may seem a bit daunting at first, but believe me, it’s really simple!
You don’t need to start a whole garden or anything like that, rather just some water and a cup will do!
There are many different vegetables you can regrow. If you want to take it a step further, you could start them in water and then plant them in some soil once it starts growing.
You can grow all these vegetables with just 3 easy steps!
Scallions (Green Onions)
This one is really easy to do and a great way to save money.
Simply cut the bulb end of the scallion, fill a small cup with water, and insert the roots into the water. Make sure to leave it out in direct sunlight, and that’s it!
It will start to grow back from the top, and just like that, you have scallions.
Potato & Sweet Potato
These are both pretty similar in how you grow them.
If you have a potato that’s sprouting, cut that part off and let it sit out to dry.
Once it’s dry, simply place it in some soil – can be in your garden or in a pot with some soil – water it, and let the plant do the rest!
Look for ginger that has a lot of growth buds. These are going to look like sharp white edges on the ginger.
All you have to do is put the ginger in a bowl with some water and wait for it to start growing roots, making sure to change the water out about every 2-3 days.
Once you see some roots growing, and possibly the plant, you can break apart that piece from the rest of the ginger. That way it’s not holding onto the dead matter of the rest of the ginger.
Then plant the root into some soil, water it, and watch it grow!
Note: do not to place the ginger in direct sunlight as it does not grow well, and make sure to always keep the soil moist.
Cut off the tops of the carrot and place it in water. Do not put them in direct sunlight.
Allow them to grow for about 10-15 days (they should be a good size by then). Make sure to change the water every 3-5 days.
Once roots begin to grow, pot it in some soil.
This is basically the same as the others.
Just cut a few inches off the base of the lettuce and place it in water, covering about a half-inch to an inch of the lettuce.
Do not fully submerge the lettuce into the water. You just want the root part to be covered.
Change the water every day. You can also rinse the lettuce with some water, this will keep it nice and crisp.
Once leaves begin to grow from the center, you can move it into some soil.
Place the stems in some water and leave them in direct sunlight. Once the roots grow a few inches long, put it in some soil, and voila! Your very own cilantro plant. You can also follow these same steps with other herbs like basil and thyme.
Let me know if you decide to grow any of these and how it went for you!
Thanks for reading,