Use these food scraps for easy home recycling! Recycling is great, especially when you can recycle your food. Stop throwing those old scraps away, because believe it or not, those veggies can be regrown! Here are 22 foods that magically regrow, you’ll never have to buy celery again!
Cut off the bottom half of your celery plant (the part that would be thrown away anyway). Place it in a bowl of warm water, and keep the plant in direct sunlight . As soon as you notice the thickening of the celery stem, you can move the recycled plant into some soil.
Don’t throw away those leftover leaves! Place the leftover leaves in a bowl in an area with lots of sunlight. Simply mist the leaves with water a few times a week. You will begin to notice roots forming on the lettuce leaves, as soon as this happens you can transfer the lettuce to soil.
Avocados can be expensive when they are not in season, combat the expense by regrowing avocados. Wash the avocado pit and use toothpicks to suspend the pit over warm water. Be sure that the water covers an inch or two of the lower half of the pit. Keep the pit in a warm environment and keep in mind that it can take up to 6 weeks to see sprouts forming.
Everyone knows that potatoes can be regrown, but most people don’t know that to regrow potatoes you need scraps that contain sprouts. All you need to do is allow the peelings to dry overnight and then plant (with the sprout facing up) in four inches of soil.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Much like potatoes and avocados alike, sweet potatoes can be regrown. Cut the sweet potato in half, and suspend with toothpicks above some warm water. Roots and sprouts will begin to appear after just a few days. Once the sprouts reach about four inches, twist them off. When the roots on the sprouts reach 1 inch long, you can plant the sprouts.
Ginger is natures cure all for stomach woes. Ginger roots is extremely easy to go, so you will never run out once started. Plant a piece of ginger root in potting soil, making sure the the buds are facing upwards. You can reuse the same piece over and over again.
Cut the top off your pineapple and suspend it above warm water. Make sure that the water reaches the base of the pineapple. Keep in direct sunlight. You should begin to notice sprouts in about a week, and then you can transfer the pineapple into the potting soil. If you live in a cooler environment, it is best that you grow your pineapple indoors.
Like many vegetables similar, onions can be regrown. Cut the root (leaving about 1 inch of the onion) and cover with soil. Place in a warm, sunny area.
Believe it or not, you can plant a whole pumpkin! This growing process is as simple as recycling your old jack o lantern. On November 1st, place your old jack o lantern in a hole and fill the inside of the pumpkin with soil. Next autumn you will have a garden full of pumpkins. It’s just that simple!
Seriously, these can be regrown. Use peppers like habaneros or jalapenos, the pepper just has to have seeds. Peppers require little to no care, simply plant the seeds in soil and place in direct sunlight. That’s it!
Simply save the seeds that you were likely going to throw out anyway. Allow the seeds to dry out, and plant in rich potting soil. Keep the plant indoors until you notice growth, and then you can transfer the plant outdoors.
Basil is one of the easiest herbs to regrow. Leave a stem (about 4 inches high) in water, make sure that the leaves are above the waterline. Leave the glass of water in a well lit area but not in direct sunlight. Roots will form quickly, and then you can transfer the basil outdoors.
The regrowing process is incredibly similar to that of the Basil’s. Allow sprouts to form in a glass of water, and then move outdoors.
Root plants (such as turnips, beets, or parsnips) can be easily regrown. Keep the tops of the turnips and place in some water. You will start to notice new green tops after a few days. Make sure that you allow the root to fully form before transplanting.
While this is an extremely long process, it can be a worthwhile one. Save the cherry pits. Keep the pit in cold storage for approximately twelve weeks. Simply clean the pit and place in a lidded container. Move outdoors after twelve weeks.
You can actually grow indoor dwarf lemon plants! It does take a few years for the tree to bear fruit. Be sure to clean the seeds before planting, and plant in a soil rich with nutrients.
Use carrot tops to regrow healthy greens. Place the carrot tops in a bowl of water, make sure that the top is only halfway covered. Once the tops have grown sprouts, you can transfer the carrots outdoors.
Okay, so it isn’t possible to regrow a garlic bulb, but you can regrow the sprouts using this great method from Food Revolution. Place a bulb of garlic in a small jar, and submerge the bottom half in water. After a few days, sprouts will begin to form. Trim the sprouts and enjoy on top of a baked potato.
Cut off the tops off of lemongrass and place the stalks in water. Change the water every couple days and you should begin to see sprouts after a few weeks. It is important to remember that lemongrass needs to be kept warm all year long.
These are a bit tricky to regrow, but it is absolutely possible. Using the stalk of the mushroom, place in soil leaving only the top of the stalk uncovered. Harvest when fully grown.
All you need to regrow fennel is a small portion of the base of the plant. Place the root in a cup of water and place in direct sunlight. Once you begin to see green sprouts, it is time to move the plant outside.
22. Bean Sprouts
Soak a tablespoon of beans in a jar of water. Leave overnight. In the morning drain the water, and set the beans in an empty container. Repeat this process for a few days.