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This is part 3 of our three-part series on 35 foods that you can regrow from scraps. Stop spending so much money on groceries when you can eat freshly-grown food right out of your kitchen. If you want to see the first 20 foods, go back to Part 1 and Part 2.
This can be done for both green an purple cabbage. Cut off a small slice at the end of the cabbage with the stem on it and put the stem facing down in a pot of soil with the rest facing up in the air. Make sure to water every couple of days and within a couple of months you’ll have a brand new piece of cabbage. For optimal growth, make sure to keep it in lots of sunlight.
Beets are popularly grown for their roots, but their leaves are also edible. When you regrow this plant, make sure to get some extra vegetables by eating the leaves. Cut off the bottom portion of the beet where the root was and stick the bottom-half in water with the other half exposed to the air. This can be best done by sticking a few toothpicks in the side and leaving it hovering over a cup full of water. You’ll notice that roots will be a lot more elongated after 3 weeks. From this point you can transplant it into a pot of soil and wait a a month or two for it to fully mature.
Rutabagas take about 90 days until maturity and do quite well in the winter. After harvesting, you can even pressure can them or keep them in a cool cellar until you want to eat them. Planting them is very similar to planting a beet. Cut off a small slice at the bottom of the plant that has the root on it. Stick it over a cup of water and wait a few weeks until you see elongated roots. Once those are grown, transplant the rutabaga into soil and wait a few months until it’s fully grown. You’ll be surprised about how fresh and delicious it tastes when you grow it yourself.
We placed this plant near beets and rutabagas because the way they grow is very similar. All 3 plants start out growing roots along with green leaves sprouting out from the top. Cut off the end with the stem and wait for roots to grow. Once this happens after a couple of weeks, transplant the turnip to a pot of soil and wait about 3 months for the plant to fully mature. Just like beets and rutabagas, turnips do a lot better in harsher weather conditions than most other vegetables.
You know the top part of the carrot that no one likes to eat? Keep it instead and grow a new one. What you need is a glass, some water and 1 inch of the carrot type. Remove any green that you find on the top of the carrot. This makes it easy to see if new green is sprouting out. Make sure to change the water every few days. After about 1 week you should notice some progress. This is when you can place it into a pot of soil. After about a month the carrot should be fully matured. This one is easy and excellent for kids.
Almost everyone loves apples, but no one likes to eat the seeds found within the core. Before you toss them, keep them and place one in a pot of soil. Water it daily and after a week or two you should notice a tall stem sticking out of soil. The problem with this fruit is that if you wait long enough, the apple can grow into a full-grown tree. This might be a little too big for your kitchen, but you’ll never be short of apples. This works for any type of apple. Keep the soil moist but not drenched in water.
Peaches can be grown just like an apple. Take the seed from the core of the peach. Soak it in water for a day so that the seed starts to germinate. Dry off the seed completely with paper towels and place it in a pot of soil. Water it daily and keep the soil moist, but make sure not to drench it in water. Wait a week or two to see if you see a stem sticking out of the soil. After a while, you may want to consider transplanting your pot of soil to outside. If kept growing, this seed will grown into a full-size peach tree.
Lemons are used in so many different types of recipes such as a topping to salad or even in tap water. Take the inner seed of a lemon and place it a few inches beneath the soil in a pot near your home. Near a window sill is preferable for sunlight. Water the pot every day keeping it moist but not drenched in water. If within a couple of weeks you notice a small, green stem sticking out from the dirt, the plant is healthy and will keep growing. In a few months you’ll be able to pick off a lemon from your brand new tree. If you’re afraid it might be too big for your kitchen, transplant it outside.
Instead of eating the nut, take one and dry it. Place it in a pot of soil and water it daily. When the plant becomes a few weeks old and you notice a stem sticking out from the soil, transplant it to outdoors. It’s best to save this one for the summer as hazelnut trees don’t do well defending themselves in cold weather. The only problem with growing hazelnuts is that a tree usually takes a few years before it can start bearing nuts. If you really love nuts and you’re patient, this one can be done.
All you need for this is a glass of water, toothpicks, potting soil and some radishes. Take a radish, cut it in half, and cut off some of the green leaves on the top, but make sure to leave at least a small portion. Place the top half dangling over water by using toothpicks to suspend it in air over the glass. Just make sure that it’s not completely submerged. In a few weeks you’ll notice that roots are starting to grow out from the bottom. From there you can transplant it to a pot of soil if desired. It’s a really easy process. If it doesn’t work, try using the bottom half instead.
31. Bok Choy
Regrowing bok choy is really easy and can be done just like lettuce. Cut off about an inch-long piece of bok choy from the bottom and place it in a glass of water. Wait about two weeks and you’ll already notice that leaves are fully-sprouted and roots have grown. If you want, you can eat the leaves now or continue to let it grow by transplanting it to soil. From there you’ll have to wait another couple of weeks. Just make sure to change the water every couple of days.
Growing leeks has never been easier. All you need is some scraps along with a small glass of water. It’s along the same line as celery. Cut the leek down by the white part on the bottom leaving the roots in-tact. Put a few toothpicks in it to suspend it in the water, giving it some stability and making it so it’s not completely submerged in the water. Every couple of days change the water. Within a few weeks you’ll have fully-sprouted leeks. Cut off the white part again and regrow them a second time. You can transplant this one to soil, but not necessary.
Rosemary can easily be regrown by using cuttings. You’ll most likely need a pot of soil for this one. Cut off a leaf or stem from a big plant and place it in a cup of water and let it grow for a few weeks. After that, transplant it to soil, keeping the soil moist but not drenched. Wait a few months and you’ll have a fully-grown rosemary plant. This one doesn’t do too well in the winter, so try and save it as a summer project.
Mint is an excellent leaf for taste and is a great plant to grow indoors due to its high price. Similar to rosemary, take off a stem and place it in water for a few weeks. It will start to sprout roots. At this point, it’s best to transplant this one to soil if you want it to sprout into a whole new plant. Wait a month or two and you have a full mint plant. I love taking these leaves for mixed drinks and smoothies.
35. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is true to its name with a nice, bright, lemony scent. You’ll definitely want to use soil for best results with this plant. First take off a small leave and place it in water for a few weeks. Once roots start to grow out, transplant the stem into a pot of soil. It should be ready in about two months. Make sure to water 1-2 times a day, but don’t make the soil too wet. This one is my personal favorite to grow since it freshens up the scent of the kitchen.
By regrowing vegetables at home, you can cut off a lot of money from your monthly grocery bill. Produce is only getting more and more expensive along with the price of gas. Do yourself a favor by growing fresh fruit and vegetables from your very own kitchen.
Since you’re going to be growing at home, it’s best to buy organic plants. Even though it’s slightly more expensive, you’ll only be buying at organic prices one time. From there, you can keep using scraps to regrow the same plant over and over again.
See a plant that’s not on the list and is easy to regrow? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy frugaling!