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Start new vegetables from scraps

By: Garden Gate staff
Don’t throw out those vegetable scraps quite yet — learn how easy it is to save money when you start new vegetables from scraps.

v-tp-regrow-veggies-lead: You can save scraps from certain vegetables and regrow more in water like the romaine and green onions you see here.

Start new vegetables from scraps

Don’t throw out those vegetable scraps quite yet — learn how to sprout new vegetables from old ones. Some produce can be sprouted from the parts you would normally throw away, just in a glass of water!

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How to grow vegetables from scraps or stem cuttings

  1. Cut the useable leaves off for your recipe, leaving 2 in. above the stump/root end. Place the stem or root end into a glass and add 1 to 2 in. of water. Above you can see how this is done for green onions and romaine lettuce.
  2. Keep the glass of water with stem cuttings in a sunny spot on the kitchen counter.
  3. Harvest new leaves when they are the size you like.
  4. Check the water level every day and refresh if it becomes cloudy. Plants may peter out after a few cuttings.

Growing tips

  • You might notice the flavor of the vegetables becoming more bland at each cutting — that’s because the water doesn’t provide the nutrients that soil does, and this will affect the taste.
  • These resprouters can be started in a small pot of soil, as well. Start the cuttings in water, then once a few roots have formed, plant them in potting soil to grow in the window or set them outside in the garden.

Vegetables you can grow easily from scraps:

  • Bok choi
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Garlic chives
  • Green onions
  • Leeks
  • Lemon grass
  • Romaine lettuce
Published: March 9, 2018
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