There is no need to worry about having a large yard with ample garden space if you are curious about growing your own vegetables! Many of your most-used veggies can be regrown right in your own kitchen, in small bowls and pots of soil! Sprouting your vegetables from kitchen scraps is a fun, sustainable and cost-friendly way to ensure your food is as fresh and toxin-free as possible. Follow our simple tips to create an indoor garden in no time!
Arguably the easiest and quickest vegetable to regrow, green onions can begin to grow in a matter of days. Keep the last inch or two of the green onion stock, including the roots, and place in a jar of water, half-submerged. Leave in a sunny place and allow the onion to sprout more roots and grow in the water for about a week before transferring to the soil. You may never need to buy green onions again!
Another simple veggie to regrow is romaine lettuce! Take the intact stump of the lettuce head and place it in a bowl, halfway submerged in water. Once the leaves have grown for a few days, transfer to a pot of soil. It may not produce the same amount of leaves you started with but you will be able to harvest enough for light salads and sandwiches.
This crisp vegetable makes the perfect addition to stir-fry, soup, fresh spring rolls and more! Use the same easy method to regrow Bok Choy as you used for romaine lettuce. When ready to harvest make sure to take the larger outer leaves and leave the smaller inner ones to grow bigger.
Turn a sprouting clove of garlic into a whole head with a few simple steps! Place the clove in a small dish of water and leave it near a sunny window. Give it a few weeks to grow stronger roots and then pop it into a pot of soil multiply your cloves.
Save the base of your celery stalks and place them in a shallow bowl of water to easily regrow this vegetable. Leave the bowl where it can get enough sunlight and as leaves begin to sprout from the middle, allow it to gain thickness for a week or two before transferring to a pot of soil. You’ll have crispy stalks in no time!
While we may not be able to regrow the actual carrot without seeds, we can sprout the carrot tops. These greens have a wide range of uses such as incorporating them into salads, pesto, soup and sautés with other vegetables. Carrot tops are also very rich in vitamin C, Vitamin K and potassium! To regrow, slice the top of the carrot- with a bit of orange still attached- and place it in a dish of water where it can get adequate sunlight.
Basil and Mint
Most of your favourite herbs, like basil and mint, can be regrown from your store-bought scraps. Take a long piece of stem, with the leaves removed, and place in a tall glass of water in the sunlight. Keep the water fresh by changing it every few days and when roots begin to sprout, transfer to soil. Create your own at-home herb garden just in time for summer!