I’ve been experimenting. No need to get your science hat on… Frugal woman that I am, I’m trying to regrow veggies from their original plant. Turns out, plants can live – and flourish – on nothing but love and fresh air. Actually, make that sunlight, water and fresh air.
So far, my attempts at regrowing celery, spring onions, lettuce and Asian greens like bok choy have been pretty good.
Here’s how to re-grow plants:
Let’s say you are using some shallots (spring onions). Instead of chopping them up entirely, leave an inch or two near the base (roots) intact.
Place this root end in a centimetre of water and keep your bowl in a sunny spot. My plants are on my kitchen window sill.
In a few days, new shoots will grow from the old vegetable. Magic!
The outer part of the vegetable will get yucky and mushy, but the new plant will spring to life from the centre.
Keep adding fresh water every couple of days.
Today I “transplanted” my bok choy and celery that have being growing for the past two weeks in water to some soil. For this, I reused some old tin cans by drilled holes at the bottom for drainage. (I also “prettified” the tins – couldn’t help myself!) Fingers crossed, they continue to grow.
Not a bad way to save a few bucks at the supermarket!
So tell me, have you got a green thumb? What plants do you find easy to grow? Do you have a veggie garden?