Food is expensive, and the price of constantly buying fresh food can really multiply quickly. However, there are some foods that you regrow from kitchen scraps. With just a bit of patience and some gardening know-how, you may never have to buy these 10 foods again!
What you need: an avocado pit, toothpicks, a glass of warm water, and a sunny area
What to do: Clean off the pit and stick three or four toothpicks in the pit at equal distances, then suspend it over a glass of water, with the bottom inch or so in water. Sprouts will form after five or six weeks, and can be planted once they are at least five inches tall.
Basil and Cilantro
What you need: A few clippings, a glass of water, sunlight
What to do: Set the stems in clear water, making sure to keep the leaves dry. Change the water occasionally. Roots will eventually form, and you can replant them or leave them in water in the fridge.
What you need: The bottom, white part of the celery, a bowl of warm water, direct sunlight
What to do: Place the celery in the bowl and just let it do its thing. Once roots form, it can be replanted.
What you need: Some whole ginger root, a place to plant it
What to do: Plant it in soil with the bud facing upwards. Water, and let it grow! Harvest whatever you need, being sure to leave enough to keep the plant alive.
Lettuce and Bok Choy
What you need: The base of the lettuce, a bowl of water, sunlight, a spray bottle to mist
What to do: Set the lettuce in the water and mist it regularly to keep is moist until roots form. Then plant and give it plenty of water!
What you need: Whole mushrooms, a pot of soil
What to do: Pull off the cap of the mushroom and plant the stem with just a little sticking up.
What you need: The root end of the onion, soil, a warm sunny area
What to do: Place the root in the soil and water evenly; it should grow on its own.
What you need: Raw potato chunks or peelings with eyes, soil
What to do: Whether you’re using chunks of potatoes or the peelings, let it sit for a couple days to harden, then plant it with the eye facing upwards.
What you need: Sweet potato, toothpicks, water
What to do: Cut the potato in half and, using toothpicks, suspend above water. Wait until sprouts form and, when they are 4 inches tall, twist them off and place in water. Once roots form, plant in soil.
What you need: A turnip top, a bowl of warm water
What to do: Place the turnip top in the water and wait for roots to form. Once they are established, plant it.
Have you ever grown anything from kitchen scraps? Know of any awesome plants we missed? Leave a note below!