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How to Regrow Vegetables in Water

Discover an effortless and cost-free way to grow your own vegetables at home by regrowing kitchen scraps in water, from celery and lettuce to herbs and cabbage, with simple steps yielding high-payoff results.

Shivangi Rai
This simple technique reduces waste and provides you with a fresh supply of produce. (Image Courtesy- Unsplash)
This simple technique reduces waste and provides you with a fresh supply of produce. (Image Courtesy- Unsplash)

Growing your own at-home garden can be both rewarding and effortless, requiring minimal effort and zero cost. Believe it or not, many vegetables can regrow from their discarded ends when placed in water.

This simple technique reduces waste and provides you with a fresh supply of produce. Let's explore some easy steps to regrow various vegetables at home.

  1. Celery

Celery, a versatile vegetable, can easily be regrown at home. Follow these steps:

   - Cut celery stalks, leaving about 2 inches at the root end.

   - Place the root end in a shallow dish of water, ensuring it covers only the root area.

   - Put the dish in a sunny window and change the water weekly for vibrant growth.

  1. Basil, Mint, Cilantro, and Oregano

Growing your own herbs can save money, and softer stems like those of basil, mint, cilantro, and oregano make sprouting easier:

   - Cut stems to 5 to 6 inches, removing bottom leaves.

   - Place stems in water in a jar and sit it in a south-facing window.

   - Transplant to soil for more leaves after a week or longer.

  1. Lettuce

While you won't get a full head of lettuce, regrowing the core can yield enough for salads. Try romaine or butter crunch for best results:

   - Cut off the core, leaving 2 to 3 inches intact.

   - Place the core in a glass jar or transparent container with water covering the bottom half.

   - Put the jar in a sunny spot, changing the water every few days to prevent rot.

  1. Scallions and Leeks

Scallions and leeks, cooking staples, easily grow in water:

   - Make a clear cut above the white section, 2 to 3 inches near the roots.

   - Use a tall jar, filling until water covers half of the roots.

   - Place in a sunny south-facing window and transfer to soil for longer-lasting plants.

  1. Bok Choy

This Chinese cabbage is a tasty addition to salads and soups, and you can sprout it at home:

   - Cut bok choy leaves at the base, leaving 2 to 3 inches.

   - Fill a container with 1 inch of water and stand the bok choy in the middle.

   - Change the water every couple of days to witness your bok choy babies grow.

  1. Fennel

Whether you love or hate its distinct taste, regrowing fennel is simple:

   - Keep a short piece of base and bulb after cooking.

   - Place it in a shallow dish with the base facing down.

   - Let it rest on a sunny windowsill, changing the water every few days.

  1. Cabbage

Cabbage, a year-round staple, is a resilient vegetable that can be easily regrown:

   - Cut out the core, the hard, white middle of the head.

   - Place it in a shallow bowl with a small amount of water in a well-lit area.

   - Repot or leave it in the bowl, replacing the water a few times a week.

Embrace the joy of growing your own vegetables at home with these simple, low-cost, and high-payoff methods. Not only will you reduce waste, but you'll also have a fresh supply of produce at your fingertips. Happy gardening!

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