How to regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps

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Did you know that every day we throw out kitchen scraps that are actually still useful? If you knew how to regrow vegetables from these scraps, trust us, you wouldn’t be throwing them out at all.

Regrowing your own vegetables is actually really easy and not as difficult as you think. All you need to do is to invest in some time to provide care for them, making sure that they have enough water and sunlight and to be patient during their growing process. But the end results are well worth it. Not only will you have your very own organic vegetable patch at home, but you will also have an unlimited amount of vegetables to harvest if you take care of them really well!

Read on to find how to regrow vegetables in your own home!

How to regrow vegetables: here are 13 veggie options to get you started

1. Basil

Regrowing basil is super easy. All you need to do is to put basil stems with their leaves attached, into a glass of water and placing them in a sunny spot in your house. In the next week or so, you should see roots sprouting. Wait for the roots to grow about 2 inches long and then they will be ready to be transferred into pots.

2. Romaine Lettuce

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When you’re making salads, do not throw away the bottom stump that you would normally discard because you can grow a whole new bunch with it! Fill a jar or bowl with about half an inch of water and place the stump in the water for a few days. If the water drops below the half inch mark, just top up the water. When you see new leaves starting to grow, then you can transfer them in to the soil.

3. Carrots

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Did you know that the leaves of the carrot can actually be eaten? To regrow the carrots leaves put carrot tops in water in a well-lit room or by the window sill and watch them flourish.

4. Spring onions

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Spring onions are probably the easiest one to regrow. When cutting the spring onions, leave about an inch above the root and put them in a glass of water. Place them where there is sunlight and they should sprout pretty soon.

5. Garlic

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Just as easy as spring onions, you can also regrow garlic sprouts from a single garlic clove. If any of your garlic have started sprouting, place them in a glass with little water and wait for the shoots to grow taller. You can also plant garlic cloves directly into the soil.

6. Celery

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When cooking with celery or making stock, do not throw away the base of the celery. Instead, place it in a bowl of warm water in a sunny area. New leaves should begin to sprout and thicken in 5 to 7 days starting from the middle. After that you can transfer the entire plant to a pot with soil.

7. Corriander

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If the corriander you bought already have roots that are long enough, then you can replant them directly into the soil. But if the roots have been trimmed you can still regrow them by placing the stems into a glass of water. You will need to wait a few months before you reap your first harvest.

8. Bok Choy

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The bok choy is not a common vegetable to regrow for most people but it can be done! Place the base into some water and it should start to regrow in a few days. Then transfer it into a pot of soil after 1-2 weeks so that it can start to grow a full head.

9. Lemongrass

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Most of the time people just stick the lemongrass stalks directly into the ground and they would still grow. But you can also regrow them in water for 2 to 3 weeks until the roots come out. Then plant the lemongrass stalks in soil in a sunny place.

10. Ginger

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When regrowing ginger you need to keep them elevated like in the picture above. You can do so by using toothpicks to ensure that part of it in soaking in water. Transfer them to the soil in a warm and sunny place after the roots have sprouted.

11. Sweet Potato

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Did you know that you can regrow sweet potatoes by placing it in a jar of water in direct sunlight and letting it sprout? Once the roots are strong enough plant them into the soil. You’ll also be able to harvest sweet potato leaves as well that is usually cooked stirfried with some garlic.

12. Onion

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Just like spring onions, onions are also one of the easiest to regrow. Just cut off the bottom of the onion where the roots are and plant them in water or directly into the soil.

13. Leeks

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Regrowing leeks works the same way as regrowing spring onions. Just cut them in about 2 inch from the roots and place them in a glass of water.

Now that you know how to regrow vegetables at home, why not start your own organic patch that you can continuously harvest from?