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How to Grow Vegetables From Store Bought Vegetable Scraps

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by Jolene Tang, Contributing Writer

Groceries can be expensive, especially when it comes to buying the organic variety. So that’s why I love being able to regrow store-bought veggies and herbs. It’s a great way to save money!

Some of my favorites to regrow are romaine lettuce, celery, and scallions. You could also do this for cilantro,  bok choy, and many others!

All you need to do is follow these six simple steps and then you’ll be on your way to saving a few dollars off your grocery bill each month.

What Vegetables Can You Regrow from Kitchen Scraps?

1. GATHER YOUR SUPPLIES

Luckily, this project only requires a few materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Potting bin(s)
  • Potting soil
  • Store-bought veggies or herbs

If you want to regrow organic veggies, just note that you’ll need organic potting soil as opposed to non-organic. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for seasonal sales on these items to save even more money!

2. CUT OFF THE END OF YOUR VEGGIE

The bottom part of your vegetable is what’s going to get re-planted, so chop it off a few inches from the bottom in preparation for step three.

Make sure to do this to the veggie only after you’re done eating it. Otherwise the edible parts will go bad very quickly!

3. DECIDE IF YOU WILL USE WATER OR SOIL

Some veggies and herbs do best if they start out in water (basil is one example), while some will only sprout again in soil.

Do some research to see what might be best for the veggies you’re growing. Feel free to experiment with a few different methods over time to see how the results vary.

4. IF YOU GROW IN WATER, TRANSFER TO SOIL AFTER A FEW DAYS

Although some veggies will do fine in just water, most of them will do better in the long run if they are eventually transferred to soil.

Celery, for example, usually needs to be planted in soil after being in water for about three days.

5. WATER AND TRIM BACK FREQUENTLY

We’re lucky that we’ve been getting so much rain here in Southern California. We’ve definitely been able to take it easy lately with our garden and let nature do its work!

But if your plants aren’t getting much water outside, or if you have them indoors, be intentional about watering them often and trimming them back if they get too tall. Also, if they’re indoors, make sure they’re near a window and getting plenty of sunlight.

As you can see in the pictures, our lettuce and scallions plants are reaching for the skies!

6. EAT AND ENJOY!

This is so the best part. You now get to sit back and enjoy the fruits (or veggies) of your labor.

Make a small salad with your lettuce, sprinkle a few scallions on your soup, or cut up some celery sticks as part of a healthy afternoon snack.

I love how our little garden has helped to transform our patio into a warm and inviting place. It’s truly satisfying to look out the window and see our veggies growing a little more each day.

Even if you don’t think you have a green thumb, why not try regrowing veggies this spring? If you do, be sure to let me know what you thought about it!

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO REGROW ANY VEGGIES? HOW DID IT TURN OUT FOR YOU?

Jolene is a wife, DIY addict & cat lover who writes from her home in Los Angeles. She adores everything historical & vintage, and could happily wander through a used book store for hours without even buying anything. Grab a cup of tea & feel free to visit her blog, which features unique home decor ideas, DIY project tutorials, and tips on budget living.

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Habiba

Wednesday 26th of April 2017

Love this one, Jolene <3 Right now I have my hands full, but I've always wanted to try that with romaine salad.

Jolene Tang

Friday 28th of April 2017

Thank you so much, Habiba! :-D Yes, you should totally try this once you have a bit more free time! I'd love to see how it turns out!