Did you know you can upcycle food? That’s right! Don’t toss out your leftover seeds, roots, and other small kitchen scraps. Try growing them! If you don’t have a green thumb, give it a try. It is easier than you think!
You can regrow many of your favorite vegetables. Garlic can be regrown from a single clove. The bigger the clove, the bigger your new bulb. Place the bulb in soil and keep near a sunny window or other light source. Be sure to keep the soil moist. Your new garlic will be ready for harvest when the lower third of the leaves begin to yellow.
Ginger is also easy to grow. Simply place a piece of ginger in water overnight. Plant the ginger in soil and keep the soil moist. You will begin to see ginger shoots above the soil. Ginger can take about 12 months to mature. When you are ready to harvest, just remove the entire ginger plant and begin using! You can keep growing by starting your next ginger crop from your new harvest.
Bok choy, cabbage, and celery can be grown from leftover roots. Simply immerse the roots in water, leaving the top above water. Over the next few days, spray the top with water to keep it moist. You will begin to see leaves grow! Once the leaves are visible, transfer the vegetable cutting to a planter, pot, or any other container you will be using to grow. When planting, make sure the leaves are the only visible part above soil. You will be able to harvest within 4-6 months!
Pineapples can be regrown similarly, but take a while longer before you can harvest. Instead of using the root, you will use the green leafy top! Remove the top and trim the fruit layers until you can see the root buds. Place the pineapple top in water until roots begin to develop. Transfer to your pot or planter of choice. You will see it begin to grow over the next few months. In a few years, the plant should develop into your very own pineapple producer!
These are only a few of the many vegetables you can regrow. Here are some others you can grow:
And there are so many more. What are some of your favorites to regrow?