Learn Here How To Regrow Vegetables From Scraps

For people who do not have a yard or live in an apartment, they have always envious of people who have a garden to plant and regrow vegetables. It is all about accessibility, cost savings, and assurance that nothing toxic goes into your food. However, do you know that there are various vegetables that you can regrow from scraps? It issustainable, fun, delicious, and free.

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Many herbs and vegetables from a grocery store can be regrown simply in soil or water. One can regrow almost anything from potatoes and avocados to standard apple trees from kitchen scraps. It is possible to regrow fresh greens on the windowsill indoors. Or get a quick start on your vegetable and herb garden by regrowing your kitchen scraps.

So, before throwing out food scraps, examine whether it is something that can be regrown at home. It is quite a fun and exciting task to enjoy with your family. Before getting started, there is one thing that you should consider. If possible, try to regrow organic or farmers market vegetables as they have a low chance of being treated with pesticides that may hinder growth.

Beyond that, you just need some patience and soon you can begin celebrating tiny victories by growing your own vegetables. So, let’s get started with how to regrow vegetables!

Which Scraps You Can Regrow

If you are confused about which part to keep and which part to throw, keep reading. When growing vegetables from scraps, people always wonder which end of the vegetables they should keep and which part they have to toss in the compost. So, here’s a simple and quick cheat sheet!

Regrow the tops of the following vegetables:

  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Daikon
  • Turnip

All you need to do is to cut off around an inch of these tops and place them in water. However, keep in mind that you do not submerge them.

Regrow the ends or roots of the following vegetables:

  • Garlic
  • Green onion
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Leeks
  • Lemongrass
  • Onions
  • Bok Choy
  • Romaine lettuce

Here, you have to cut off around 1 to 3 inches of these bottoms and place the same in water. Again, you should not submerge them.

How to Regrow Vegetables at Home

Scallions

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When it comes to regrowing vegetables, scallions are the basic vegetable that you can begin with. These vegetables regrow significantly in less than a week. Plus, you just need some water and a cup to grow scallions.

Place the scallions’ bottoms (the white part with small roots) in the water near sunlight. Make sure that a bit of their stem pokes out of the water. When it begins going down, you need to change the water. So, that’s all! 

Leeks

As scallions, leeks are also alliums. Here also, you have to follow the same process. However, there is a bit longer lead-time. In return, you get to relish heartier vegetables. To regrow this vegetable, place the roots of leeks in a container made of glass. Place this container on a windowsill that receives sunlight. When needed, change the container’s water. Within a period of two weeks, your leeks will be all ready.

Garlic Sprouts

Many people believe that when garlic begins to show green stems, you need to throw it away. However, if you decide to keep them, they will get sprouts. These sprouts can be used anywhere in place of herbs or chives. For growing garlic, keep the garlic ina tiny glass, such as shot glasses with water. Within a span of five days, you will get sprouts for use.

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce is perfect for people who like some greens in their lives. To regrow this green vegetable, leave off 1 to 2 inches from the bottom when you cut the original batch. After that, place the romaine heart in a shallow container with some water. Keep this bowl in sunlight. Keep changing the water on a daily basis. Within a period of two weeks, you will get enough romaine lettuce for topping a sandwich. In 3-4 weeks, you will have an entire head.

Cabbage

For regrowing cabbage, you have to adopt the same method that is used for lettuce. Keep the cabbage’s base in a shallow container with some water. Place this bowl in an area that receives direct sunlight. After two to three days, you will begin to notice some new leaves.

However, there is just one difference. You have to mist the leaves with some water Within a few weeks, you will have sufficient leaves to make some kimchi.

Also, you can watch this video to know how to regrow cabbage from scraps!

Onions

It is also possible to grow spring onions from the bulb of an onion. Ensure that the root part is attached to the grown by around half an inch. Keep it in the soil directly and cover the same with soil. For keeping the soil damp, water it occasionally. Also, keep cutting off the green sprouts when they regrow. Thus, you do not have to purchase spring onions ever again!

Carrot Greens

If you do not use the leaves at the top of carrots, then you are definitely missing out on the best greens. These leaves are perfect for pestos and salads if you like to add some herbaceous heft. The best part is that these greens are one of the simplest greens for growing at home. Put your carrots’ tops in a small dish with a little bit of water. Place it then in sunlight. Within some days, you will have greens that are ready for use.

Celery

Growing celery is another easy project for a home gardener. For regrowing celery, you will require some soil for getting it grow. Here, only water will not do. You can begin with a shallow container of warm water. Keep it in an area with sunlight. Change this water consecutive day and mist the leaves. In just one week, the celery will grow leaves.

After that, you have to move it to a planter. You can even use a cup with some holes at the bottom to assist with drainage. Plant it in the soil and ensure that the leaves are out. Keep watering! After 1-2 months, you can enjoy useable stalks.

Basil

If you are looking for an easy plant for growing indoors, then herbs are great. However, you will require to plant them. Keeping your herbs in water works fine too. This is because it keeps them fresh for a long time. However, after 1-2 weeks, you will begin to notice roots coming along. At this point, you need to plant them.

Also, you have to ensure that your herbs get sunlight and receive water on most days. Once the leaves begin to emerge, ensure you leave the plant behind for keeping it indefinitely growing.

Potatoes

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Just keep the spud in some dark corner and forget about it. This will just sprout. We all try this and it is probably a healthier and quicker method to regrow vegetables. Cut your potato in half and the part where you notice the dented eyes on its skin, place it in soil with that part facing up. In a few weeks, this is where the plant will start to sprout.

Things to Consider While Regrowing Vegetables

There are some points that you should know when you regrow vegetables. However, you will get to know these things when you will grow vegetables on your own. These points include:

  • Keep the regrowing vegetables away from direct sunlight or other direct heat sources. If so, then your vegetables are going to bake rather than grow.
  • Also, not everything is going to sprout. So, if you have waited more than a week and spotted no sign of life, then try again.
  • Slimy bottoms are quite normal.
  • The taste of your regrown vegetables will be milder than the fresh ones.

Conclusion

Now, you know how to regrow vegetables from scraps. So, regrowing vegetables that have been half-consumed could be really entertaining and save some money too.

Starting a windowsill garden is so easy as you just have to place the tops or ends of kitchen scraps in some fresh water and place the same in partial sunshine. The only thing that you have to do is changing the water regularly. So, does not it sound like an amazing project for children?

To get quick results, start with garlic and green onions. Within a few days, you will begin to notice regrowth. Now, start making your own windowsill garden by regrowing vegetable scraps. So, have you ever grown vegetable scraps? If so, share your personal experience with us in the comments!

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