I love veggies, and I really, really love going to grocery stores, farmers markets and any other place where I have a chance of finding something yummy and interesting. It’s like an adventure, especially when I visit the specialty stores and see if they have something new that I’ve never had yet. The only downside is that buying all that produce isn’t exactly cheap, and it’s even worse if you’re trying your best to buy organic whenever possible.
The great thing about plants, however, is that they’re incredibly resilient and have their own built-in survival mechanisms that allow them to regenerate themselves. With a lot of vegetables, if you can find the root or the seed and germinate it in water for a while, you can eventually replant it to get a brand new plant! You can literally buy an onion now, eat it, and then plant the root to get another onion for free (though it will take a while).
If you’ve got a green thumb, or a hankering to grow one, check out these tips to get you started.
1. Spring Onions: Put the roots underwater, preferably in a clear glass with good lighting. Within a few days, it will start growing and you can transfer to soil.
2. Garlic: Larger garlic cloves can be planted into the ground with their root ends still attached. The shoots are actually pretty yummy!
3. Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage): Completely submerge the roots of the plant and leave in a well-lit room. After about a week or two, it should be ready to be planted into a pot.
4. Carrots: Place carrot tops in water, and watch them grow.
5. Basil: Take basil shoots about one-and-a-half inches long and place them in a glass of water in direct sunlight. After a few days when they are roughly doubled in size, replant the shoots in your garden and you’ll have a gorgeous basil plant in no time.
6. Celery: Cut the base off the celery and put it in warm water. Let it get plenty of light and once you get leaves and new stalks appearing at the center, you can put it in the ground to keep growing.
7. Romaine Lettuce: Using a similar method to celery, soak the root end in water until leaves start to grow in the center, then replant in soil.
8. Cilantro (a.k.a. Coriander): Submerge the stalks in water. Once the plant starts growing a bit, replant in soil.
As you can see, the method for most of these is pretty similar: soak the root end in water for a few days until it starts to sprout, then return to the earth to finish growing to maturity. If you’d like to learn more, check out the video below: