July 13,2020

Regrow Vegetables on Your Windowsill

Living a plant-based lifestyle is a great way to feel better about your environmental impact. Animal products are considered to be one of the most significant contributors to climate change! Cooking plant-based meals can be a lot of fun and an excellent way to blow off steam at the end of the day, but do you ever find yourself frustrated at the amount of food that seems to go to waste? Don’t throw away the bottom of those green onions you just finished slicing, because many common kitchen vegetables can be regrown from the parts you would normally throw away. 

 

Vegetables That You Can Regrow at Home

 

The following list is only a few of the herbs and veggies that can be regrown using just tap water and sunlight from your kitchen window. 

  • Green onions 
  • Celery 
  • Lettuce
  • Onions 
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs like cilantro, basil, and mint

 

If you’re interested in salvaging your veggie scraps and saving on groceries, read on!

Ways to Regrow Vegetables

 

Green onions are a must-have staple in any plant-based eater’s refrigerator. They’re cheap, tasty, and can be added to nearly any dish during cooking or as lovely green garnish. And they’re easy to regrow! Once you’ve chopped the portions you want from your green onions, take the bottom inch or two where the roots are, and place it into a bowl with just enough water to cover about half of the green onion bottom. Place the container somewhere sunny, and in a few days, you’ll start to see growth!

 

Celery is another simple plant to regrow, and the process is similar to regrowing green onions: cut off the celery stalks, leaving the base in one piece. Then, put the celery base into a bowl of water and wait for leafy growth from the middle! Once it’s grown a fair amount, you can put it into a pot of soil. This same process will work for romaine lettuce, bok choy, cabbage, and other similar vegetables.

 

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are supposed to be stored in cool, dry places like cabinets, but a potato sitting in the back of the cabinet is likely to be forgotten. Luckily for you, those bizarre-looking growths on your forgotten spud are just a head start on regrowing! Cut a potato in half, and plant it in soil with the growths or “eyes” facing upwards. You’ll soon see a plant sprouting, and when the leafy plant part dies as the weather cools, it’s time to dig up your potatoes.

 

If you have a bit of patience, you can even regrow a wider variety of fruits and veggies in your home. Pineapple tops, avocado pits, and most plants with seeds need a little soil and water, and plenty of time to grow and produce fruit. What vegetables have you tried regrowing? Head over to the PlantX Forum to talk with other plant-based people about your journey regrowing fruits and veggies in your home and garden!