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Top Fruits and Veggies You Can Regrow at Home Over and Over Again!
With grocery bills growing by leaps and bounds, people look to find ways to shave their expenses. One easy way is to buy some vegetables or fruit once and then re-plant them so they can re-grow. Many vegetables and fruit pieces that end up in the compost bin or trash can easily be re-grown into tasty, edible food! Then you take the ends and pieces of the veggies you re-grew, and do it again. And again! It’s a virtual unending supply of fresh fruit and vegetables that you pay for once and they grow back again and again.
On top of saving money, re-growing produce helps the environment by producing less waste, which means less in the landfill, and is one of the most environmentally friendly means of recycling. This is also an excellent teaching opportunity for your children. They can learn how to save money while learning to love organic gardening. Everyone loves eating food from their own gardens!
Keep in mind that it’s the quality of the parent plant that ultimately determines the quality of the plant that you will re-grow, so always look for the strongest possible scrap to re-plant.
1. Romaine Lettuce, Cabbage, Bok Choy, and Celery
All of these veggies will re-grow themselves from the white root end of the plant. Cut off the stalks or leaves as you normally would and instead of placing the root in the garbage, put it in a shallow bowl of water. Make sure that the water covers the roots but not the top of your veggie cutting. Put it in a sunny place, such as a window ledge, and spray the top occasionally with a bit of water to keep it moist, but don’t saturate it or cover it completely with water or it will drown.
Within 7 to 10 days you should start to see roots and the beginning of new leaves appear. You are going to be so excited! Once you get your first leaf, transplant it into the soil. Your cutting will continue to grow until one day when it sprouts a new head of food!
You don’t need to pull your newly grown veggie out of the soil a second time either. Simply cut it off just above the soil and keep your plant moist for it to grow back again!
2. Sweet Potatoes
Set aside one sweet potato the next time you buy a bunch to plant later. Take your chosen sweet potato and bury all but the very top of it under a thin layer of dirt in a sunny location. Keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet, and in about 7 to 10 days you should start seeing new shoots come out of the potato. When the shoots are about 4 or so inches in length, cut them out of the potato and replant them, leaving about 12inches between each cutting. It will take you about 4 months before you get more sweet potatoes, but they are well worth the wait.
You will want to keep an eye out for slugs, however, as they love sweet potatoes. Putting a shallow bowl of flat beer near your plants will encourage slugs to get a drink, get drunk, and then drown. Harmless to pets and kids, this is an easy way to control slugs.
This super healthy spice is super easy to re-grow. Take an extra piece of ginger and plant it in a pot with the small buds facing up. Ginger likes filtered sunlight, so keep it under a tree or in a sunny window behind another plant so it doesn’t get direct sun. Be sure to keep the soil moist but not soggy. You will have new shoots and roots before you know it. Once your ginger is well established, pull the entire plant out of the pot, pull off one piece and re-plant it. Even if you don’t eat a lot of ginger, it’s a very pretty houseplant.
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