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Regrow Vegetables to Save on Healthy Produce

Buying product is essential for a healthy diet. Unfortunately, the costs of produce can also add up quickly, especially if you prefer to eat organic fruits and vegetables. If you want to include more produce in your diet but your budget won’t allow for it, consider growing your own from the vegetable scraps you already have on hand.

For many veggies, you can use parts of the food to regrow a fresh batch. Essentially, these are items you may only need to buy once. From then on, you’ll be able to keep regrowing them on your own. Even those who live in smaller homes or apartments can grow some of these veggies – you don’t need a huge garden to make it work.

Follow these steps to get cheap, healthy produce for free. Since you’ll be regrowing from vegetables that you originally purchased, you may want to choose organic options at the store. That way, you can be confident that the veggies you grow from the scraps are also free of pesticides and other chemicals that are sometimes found in commercial crops.


Celery

When you get a bunch of celery, cut off the individual stalks, leaving the root end connected with an inch or so of each stalk left. Place that root in a shallow bowl with water covering just the roots (there should be a bit of stalk sticking out of the water). Put it on a sunny windowsill and spray the tops with water occasionally. In a few days, leaves will start to sprout, and after about a week you to transplant it to a pot with the leaves above the soil level. A whole new head of celery will appear in a few weeks.

This method also works for several other green, leafy veggies, including cabbage, lettuce and bok choi.

Potatoes

You’ll need deep, sturdy pots or a garden in order to regrow this vegetable. Leave a potato out until it grows numerous small sprouts, or “eyes.” Cube it into two-inch pieces (each piece should have at least a sprout or two) and leave them out for a couple of days. Plant them around 4 inches below soil level with the sprouts facing up. As the roots appear, add more soil on.

Onions

You’ll  never have to buy onions again once you get your own crop going. Just cut off the root end of the onion – leave about ½ inch connected to the root for the best results. Plant it in a sunny spot with a layer of soil covering it. Keep the soil moist and make sure the environment is warm (if you plant them outdoors, they need to come inside for cooler months). Just keep replanting the root ends for a continuous onion supply.

Garlic

It only takes a single clove to get started on growing your own garlic. Plant the clove root-end down in a warm, sunny spot. You’ll get new shoots coming out of the top in just a few days. Snip off these sprouts and use them in various dishes, like salads or pastas. They have a delicious flavor that’s slightly milder than garlic. The garlic will continue to grow and eventually produce a new bulb. Use a clove from that bulb to repeat the process.

Ginger Root

Take a piece of the knobby part of your ginger root and plant it with the smallest buds facing up. Place it in a warm environment with indirect or filtered sunlight. New shoots and roots will begin growing. Wait until it’s ready to harvest, then pull out the entire plant and repeat the process with a new piece of ginger root.

Carrots

While you can’t regrow the actual carrot, you can use scraps to regrow the leafy greens on top, which make an excellent addition to many meals, including salads and sandwiches. Just chop off the top of a whole carrot and place them in a dish with a little water. Set the dish on a windowsill. The greens will slowly grow back out of the top.

Lemongrass

As the name implies, lemongrass can be grown with the same methods as regular grass. When you purchase fresh lemongrass, snip off everything but the root. Place that root in a glass jar with a bit of water. Place the glass in a sunny spot indoors. In about a week, you’ll see some growth from your roots. That means it’s time to transfer the root to some soil in a pot. Place the pot outside in a sunny spot. When the grass is about 10 or 12 inches high, snip off what you need and leave the roots in place. They’ll continue to regrow to provide a continuous supply of lemongrass.

Making your own vegetables doesn’t have to be time-consuming or complicated. Even if you only grow just a few of these veggies at home, you’ll save money every time you go to the grocery store and enjoy fresh, healthy vegetables for free.


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