DIY regrow your food…

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Celery, romaine lettuce, cabbages & bok choy can all be regrown. I use a square vase. After I cut off the eatin’ part of the celery, I put the bottom in the vase, I use the sink sprayer to water the tops until the water is about 2″ deep. I water daily, easy to remember to do this if you park the vase next to the sink. Within three days, this celery started growing in its center. When the green part reaches 8 to 10″ I will plant the bottom into the dirt, leaving only the new growth exposed. It takes about five months to regrow celery. I plan on doing this with all the celery I buy. I will then, in five months time, have grown my own supply of celery. I have a few good windows that I can plant in some pots later on–when winter comes.  I have three heads of romaine lettuce, two garlic cloves & two onions regrowing in my garden.

We live on fresh garlic, every single family member loves garlic & onions.  I took two cloves of garlic & shoved them into the dirt, along with the bottom of our onions(the bottom of an onion is the hairy, dry roots), both started growing in the dirt. To have the garlic grow cloves, the greens that shoot up, have to be cut back occasionally.

This is a great idea to do with your children. I can buy my own food, but when i grow something, it tastes so much better. I found a great chart created by Cooking Stoned. & Whole Foods. If you can find the chart, it shows a lot of different things that can be regrown.

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  1. Reggie says:

    A large ginger root that I bought a couple of weeks ago before we went away for two weeks, has sprouted in two places. I’ve never seen this happen before – what do I do with it?! Do you know, Amy?

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Yes…it says to put the root in moist soil, leave the sprouts above. It takes about a year, the picture shows a flower! Remove the plant, take what you need & repeat. The beginning of the process, is to put the root in a jar of water overnight & then plant the root into dirt, THEN the shoots appear. So you’ve skipped a step! I hope you take photographs of it for us to see it growing! ~amy

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  2. Reblogged this on Glenda the Good Foodie and commented:
    Gardening outside the garden

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  3. jpeggytaylor says:

    What a fabulous idea! We once tried something like this with pineapple tops but it was much too cold for them here. I’ve just got into air-pruning but I think I’ll definitely give this idea a try too this summer!

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      There are so many things that can be regrown. I’ll bet if you googled ‘regrowing your own food’ you can see all that I know of. I saw that it takes years for a pineapple to gift another pineapple…good luck with your celery or…cabbage, romaine lettuce, garlic, onions, celery, potatoes. 🙂 ~amy

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      1. jpeggytaylor says:

        Thank you for your encouragement 🙂 I imagine I shall probably post about my ‘re-growing’ attempts!

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      2. Amy Saab says:

        I do hope so. 🙂 ~amy

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  4. Patty Nguyen says:

    So great that you’re doing this with your kids, Amy!

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      Thank you, Patty. My youngest, he is 10, is very excited to tell me how many inches the ‘foods’ I regrow! ~amy

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  5. maristilson says:

    Reblogged this on Aging Gardens and Gardeners and commented:
    I have seen the idea before, I still think it worth sharing because the best soups have bits of fresh celery leaf, and noodles with Bok Choy are extra tasty. The picture is cool too 🙂

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  6. Dan Traun says:

    This works really well indeed. I use a 2 ltr bottle green house to get them started and then transplant once things are sprouting good.

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      It is amazing how many veggies will regrow themselves. Jealous me, you with your green house. I grew up in a house in Vermont that had a green house off the kitchen. Even when the snow came over some of the glass, if the sun was shinning, the green house was at least in the 70s. Someday I will have one, fingers crossed! ~amy

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      1. Dan Traun says:

        Oh I wish – it is a small greenhouse for each plant made out of a 2 lye plastic bottle 🙂

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      2. Amy Saab says:

        oh, Dan can you post a picture of what you do with the lye bottles? I’d love to see if I can do the same…Please? ~amy

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  7. Open Up Life says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I just did it with my celery. Have a great day!

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      You’re very welcome. It is wonderful regrowing food. Good luck with your celery! ~amy

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  8. niasunset says:

    This is amazing, I will make too 🙂 Thank you dear Amy, love, nia

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      You’re very welcome, Nia. Regrowing food is an amazing thing. And so easy! ~amy

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  9. I just did this with Scallions. Will have to try celery next. Thanks for the post!!

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    1. Amy Saab says:

      I’ll bet your kids will like it. The celery is really beautiful. ~amy

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    2. Amy Saab says:

      You’re so welcome! Good luck. ~amy

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