There are many types of vegetables that can be regrown from scraps. Here are some of them:
- Mint, basil, cilantro, and other herbs
- Bok Choi, lettuce, and other leafy greens
- Turnips, carrots, beets, parsnips, and other root vegetables
- Bulb fennel
- Garlic, onion, shallots, and leeks
- Sweet potatoes
How to regrow vegetables from scraps?
Regrow Mint, basil, cilantro, and other herbs
Many herbs can be regrown from scraps, including mint, basil, cilantro, etc. To regrow herbs, you need to put a 10 cm (4 inches) long stem in a glass of water. Make sure the leaves of the stem are above the water.
When roots start to grow, transplant them either into a container or directly into the ground.
2. Regrow cabbage
Some lettuces and cabbage can be regrown while they are still in the ground. Cut off the heads of the cabbage, and cut a cross in the base so that a second hand can develop.
3. Regrow Bok Choi, lettuce, and other leafy greens
Some lettuce plants can be harvested again and again. You can regrow lettuces by cutting their root and placing it in water.
Moreover, you can also regrow lettuces, Bok Choi, and other leafy greens from leaves. All you need to do is to place their leaves in a cup of water and keep it in a sunny place. When the roots grow, you can transplant the leaves into the ground.
4. Regrow Turnips, carrots, beets, parsnips, and other root vegetables
If you want to regrow carrots, turnips, parsnips, beets, and other root vegetables, you need to keep their tops. Place the tops in a container with water. In a few days, when green tops will start to grow, harvest them and transplant them in the ground.
5. Regrow Bulb fennel
Bulb fennel and celery can be regrown in the same way. All you need to do is to place the bulb base in water and wait until it regrows.
Moreover, you can also keep 1 inch of the base to the roots. When new shoots start to grow, harvest them and replant them in the ground.
6. Regrow Celery
Celery is one of the easiest vegetables to regrow. All you need to do is to cut off the bottom of the celery and place it in a container with warm water. Keep the container in a sunny spot.
After a week, when the leaves start to grow, harvest them and replant them in the garden.
7. Regrow Garlic, onion, shallots, and leeks
These vegetables can be regrown from the bulb base or stem. All you need to do to regrow them is to cut off a tiny piece of their bulb or stem and place it in a dish with water. Then, harvest the green sprouts and replant them.
8. Regrow potatoes
All sections of potatoes that have an eye can be replanted to regrow new potatoes. Collect the potato sections and let them dry overnight. Then, replant them in the ground with the eyes facing up.
9. Regrow sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be regrown in the same way as potatoes. Place potato section in a container of water. After a few days, new roots will begin to grow. When they are 10 cm high, cut them off and place them in a container with water. When the roots start to grow, replant them in the ground.
10. Regrow vegetables from seeds
Except for scraps, you can regrow vegetables and fruits from seeds. Moreover, some of them, such as pumpkin seeds can be roasted and used as a snack or added to dishes.
What to do with vegetable scraps that you do not use to regrow vegetables?
Nowadays, food waste is one of the most common issues. However, when it comes to vegetable scraps, you can use all of them and make sure nothing is wasted.
Vegetable scraps, which you do not use to regrow, can be composted. Composting scraps is an alternative to restore their nutritious value to the system. Nevertheless, before placing them in a compost bin or heap, think about other ways in which you can use them. Here are some:
- Make vegetable stock for various recipes
- Prepare home-made dyes
- Make supplemental feed for your livestock