Do you know that it is possible to use the remains of a vegetable to grow a new one? And for that, no need for a vegetable garden or a magic trick. Just follow a few easy steps.
All the reasons are good to try the experience: save money or simply enjoy growing your own vegetables at home, or finally to have fresh vegetables at your fingertips. And, who knows, it could even entertain your children, or even make them want to eat all these vegetables! Want to try that idea?
To help you, here are 10 vegetables and herbs that are easy to regrow.
1. Potatoes and sweet potatoes
Cut a large piece of a potato and pierce it with two toothpicks planted at the same height on each side of the potato, as if a skewer had pierced it. Take a glass of water and put your potato in it. Thanks to the toothpicks, it will not dive entirely into the glass. Then fill the glass with water until you submerge the bottom of your potato. Let everything act.
You will soon see roots appear on the bottom part of your potato. On the top, you could also see some leaves. At this point, take a pot filled with soil and plant your potato in it. All you have to do is wait.
If you have a garden, you can also use potato peelings. Be careful, the peelings must be rather big for it to work, so it is best to peel your potato with a knife. Then dig a small trench in your garden and put in the peelings. Start by covering them with only half the earth, and cover them with the rest as soon as the first shoots point their noses out.
It will take you about 3 months before you can harvest your first potatoes.
After peeling off all the leaves of your lettuce, do not discard the heart. Instead, put it in a bowl filled with water that you place on the windowsill, where your plant can enjoy a high level of sunshine. Change the water every two days to help restore lettuce.
After a few days, small leaves will start to grow again. You will have to wait a few weeks before having your own lettuce.
3. The Chinese cabbage
It's simple: the method of repelling Chinese cabbage is exactly the same as that for lettuce. Keep the base of the cabbage and put it in a bowl of water in the sun.
Take the celery base and put it in a bowl with a bowl of water. You will quickly see leaves. Later, roots will also appear. At that point, you may decide to keep the celery in your bowl of water or replant it in a pot of soil.
5. The leek
Cut the base of the leek, keeping the roots and put it in a glass of water. Once a week, change the water and rinse the roots thoroughly to put the leek back in the water. When the roots are 5 cm or more, you can plant the leek in a pot of soil. This will allow the white part of the leek to grow further.
Your leek will be ready to be tasted as soon as it is big enough.
6. Green onions
Cut the end of a stem of green onions and place in a glass of water, roots down. Put the glass in a sunny place and remember to change the water very regularly.
Green onions are among the fastest growing vegetables: in less than a week you will have your first harvest. Your plant will continue to produce onions indefinitely, as long as you continue to care for them.
7. The fennel
Keep the fennel bulb and place it in a bowl of water enjoying the sunlight. Small shoots will soon appear on one side of the bulb. You can then let it grow in the water or plant it in a pot of soil.
Take one end of its root and plant it in a shallow pot filled with potting soil. Put the pot in a place that has a diffused light, and if possible in a rather humid environment. Water your ginger regularly.
Be patient: Ginger needs 8 to 10 months to grow back! At the end of this waiting period, you can dig up your ginger and enjoy it.
Take an old clove of garlic and plant it in a pot of earth. Be sure to water once a week and be patient. After one or two months, a small sprout will come to show. You will also see a garlic flower, hard and curly shape. Remove it because it will prevent the bulb from growing well. Keep only the shoot, which looks like a sprout of green onions.
You will have to wait several more months before you can eat your garlic.
Take a long basil branch with its leaves. The longer it is, the more leaves it has, the better. Put the stem in a glass of water, being careful that the water does not reach the leaves. After a little over a week, roots will appear at the end of the branch. Plant your branch in a pot of earth, place in a sunny place and water very often (once every day or every other day).
Soon you will have your own basil at home!
And you, have you ever thought of growing your vegetables? And if you already do it, what are the vegetables that you have been able to grow brilliantly?