Just a little water, sunlight, and extra care can transform leftover table scraps into your very own herb and vegetable garden. Regrow celery, lettuce, garlic and more with this easy guide!
You can grow a celery plant from just the stalk stub. Simply take the stub and place with the cut side up in a container of water in direct sunlight. Change the water daily. After a few days, the base will begin to grow a new stalk, starting with a few leaves. Then, transfer it to a more permanent home in fertile soil, planting it with the cut side up. A few weeks later you will have fresh celery to harvest!
Just one clove of garlic is all you need to grow an entire garlic plant! Simply take a clove of garlic or two and plant in soil that receives direct sunlight with the pointy end up. In about 2-3 weeks, you will see shoots sprout. When these shoots dry out and turn yellow or brown (approximately 3 months later) they are ready to harvest.
Similar to celery, you can grow lettuce hearts using the stump you usually throw away. Simply take the freshly cut base and place it, with the cut side up, in a container of water in direct sunlight. Change the water daily. After a few days, you will begin to see roots and leaves sprouting. Seven to ten days later you can plant it in soil and in a few weeks you will have a brand new head of lettuce. Harvest and repeat!
Start with a thumb or portion of fresh ginger root. Plant it partially submerged in moist, fertile soil in a somewhat shady area. Within a few weeks, you should see the ginger begin to grow. Once the plant acclimates, you can harvest it anytime you need it. Simply remove the entire plant from the soil, cut off the pieces you need and replant like you did the first time.
Save the white ends and roots of the green onions you use to cook. Place them in a shallow bowl of water in sunlight with the cut end sticking out of the water. Within a few days you should see new growth and within 1-2 weeks they should be stable enough to transport to your garden. Plant in a sunny spot and continue to water and you should have fresh green onions all summer long!