Yes, you can easily regrow fruit and vegetables. Put your waste to good by helping your fruit and veg to re-grow at home. It’s cost-saving and an easy way to build a garden full of plants you actually eat on the regular.
Here are a few steps to help up you recycle your favourites so they’ll keep on growing.
Read more: Growing your own vegetables from seeds
- Spring onions
When cutting, leave about 3 cm above the roots and then submerge the roots in water, which must be changed every day. In a few days the plants will begin growing, and when they’re long enough, you can cut them and repeat the process.
- Romaine or cos lettuce
- Bok choy
Cut off the leaves, leaving the root base intact, and place the root end in water. Spray the plant with water a few times a week and replace the water every alternate day. The leaves should start sprouting in about a week, then plant your cutting with the new leaves above the soil. You can start picking leaves when your plant is fully grown.
More growing tips:
- Soak a chunk of ginger in water overnight, then plant in moist soil and keep watering until shoots appear. It will be ready to harvest in about a year. Just remove the plant from the soil and use what you need, repeating the process for your next batch of fresh ginger.
- When you cut an onion, leave the root end whole and plant it in moist soil. Once new shoots appear, carefully separate the new onions and plant them. To promote full growth, trim the leaves of the onion. In about five months they’ll be ready to harvest!
- Plant a clove of garlic in a pot with moist soil. Keep the pot in a sunny spot and keep it watered. The bulbs are ready to harvest after they’ve flowered and the bottom thirds of the leaves have turned yellow.
- Cut off the green leafy top of a pineapple, removing all the fruit and the bottom layers of leaves. Place in water for about two weeks until it forms roots. Plant in a pot or in the garden, but you’ll have to be patient — it’ll be 2 to 3 years before you can expect to harvest your first pineapple.
- Put a few clippings of basil with about 10-cm-long stems into a container of water and place in a sunny spot. When the roots are between 3 and 5 cm long, you can plant them in pots to grow a full basil plant. You can propagate coriander in the same way.