I’ll give you a little peek into my world: I love to cook. Nothing makes me happier than to spend time in my kitchen, chopping and mixing as I turn fresh ingredients into a delicious meal. For me, produce is my favorite thing to shop for. The colors, the smells…everything about it makes me happy as a clam. There is nothing more satisfying than spending my afternoon at the farmers market. Being a single girl, more often than not, it goes bad before I can finish it. I know some quick hacks, like blowing some air into your bag of salad greens helps keep it fresh. Or freezing herbs in ice cube trays not only gives you serving sizes, but also keeps them longer. Having a small garden helps reduce this waste and gives me easy access to a few things without having to run to the store. But when it’s purchased, not only am I losing delicious food, I’m also losing change in my pocketbook.
I was recently skimming through my Pinterest feed when all of a sudden I saw a pin for recycling vegetables. What is that you say, I can REGROW my vegetables?!?! Is this the answer I’ve been waiting for? Turns out, yes. And right now, I am turning it into an experiment of sorts. Because there are advantages to this that I hadn’t really thought about prior to this discovery. I can buy organic from the supermarket when I miss the farmers market. No longer are those steep prices going to intimidate me. And it will trim my grocery budget while also giving my green thumb some new experiments to try. Where is the downside?
Because this is a new thing for me, I’ve started really slow. I am only growing things I can regrow in water. You heard me right, folks. The produce I will regrow needs NOTHING but water to grow back. Amazing, right? Can it be any easier…or any more free?
Now because I am only using water, I won’t be harvesting anything more than various greens, but as I get more comfortable with this, I will get into the hardcore veggies. And of course, I’ll share the tips & tricks I stumble upon with all of you. It’s all about baby steps. But honestly? The things I lose the most ARE the greens. I never have enough time to get through a whole bunch of green onions or celery. And that’s exactly where I started.
There are a few key points you need to remember when you start to get things going:
- The container you use depends on what you regrow. Green onion is not like, say lettuce, so you wouldn’t grow them in the same type of dish. And don’t limit yourself to “typical” containers. Using various kinds of containers will not only keep things cost effective, but also bring a simple charm to your little REgarden. I used a couple shot glasses for my green onions and a large coffee cup for my celery.
- Don’t overcrowd your new plants. It will only stifle their growth.
- Check the water every few days to make sure there is enough in there for them and that it isn’t getting slimy.
This is where it gets easy. All you need is the rooted bottom of the vegetable you’d like to regrow. Cut about 2 inches off the bottom of your dying (or soon to be finished) veggie, put it into your chosen container and add some water. That’s it. Nothing should be submerged completely; just enough to give the roots adequate amounts to ingest. And after a few days, you will begin to see new growth in the center of your veggie. I woke up the next day to my green onions shooting up a good couple centimeters! It will take a few weeks to get complete regrowth, but clipping bits here and there for certain dishes can begin as soon as you see enough growing!
And now for the moment of truth…the list of vegetables that you can regrow with ONLY water:
- Bok Choy
- Carrot Greens (You won’t be able to grow the whole carrot, but cutting off the tops of carrots and putting them in water will grow more carrot greens for salads or pesto. Yum!)
- Garlic Chives (Once you see the clove begin to shoot, it loses flavor so throw it into a little water and grow some chives!)
- Green Onion
There are plenty of cuttings you can regrow by adding to water before transferring to soil, but I’m not there yet. That’s a whole other blog. And if you want to get cute, turn your little REgarden into a focal point of your kitchen by adding it to your tablescape or make a lovely window sill treatment. The planet, your dishes and your pocketbook thank you in advance!
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