Kitchen Scraps?

Tired of purchasing the same produce time after time? Experiencing excessive produce waste? Looking for an opportunity to save some money? Trying to be a little more eco-friendly? Whatever your reason...

There are a number of produce you can regrow in your home with minimal space needed! These are just a few of the easiest and most common.

  • Lettuce - Instead of throwing out or composting the extra leaves put them in a bowl with shallow water, place the bowl in a window or area with good lighting and mist the leaves occasionally. In just a few days you will see that the base of the leaves have sprouted roots! At this time you can transplant the leaves to soil and watch your homegrown lettuce take off.
  • Bok Choy - Follow the same Steps used for regrowing your own lettuce.
  • Celery - Cut the celery being sure to keep the base in tack, there should be about 1-2 inches remaining on the height of your celery bottom. Put the celery base into a bowl with shallow water and place in an area with good light. In a few days you will notice new roots developing and small shoots with leaves growing out of the center. When they start to thicken you can transplant to soil.
    • You can also regrow lettuce this way as an alternative to my first set of instructions.
    • Fennel will regrow with this technique as well.
  • Scallion - Scallion is probably one of the easiest to regrow, in my own experience. When chopping the scallions for your cook-prep be sure to leave about an inch remaining from the base of each shoot. Then place your scallion base bundle into a shot glass, a regular glass will work too, fill the glass so that the shoots are halfway submerged in water. Keep an eye on these guys - they are fast drinkers and the water may need to replenished in just 2 days! You can leave your scallion babies to grow like this, right out of the cup!
  • Pineapple - Yes, you can enjoy a homegrown pineapple even if you do not live in a tropical climate! Simply chop the top of the pineapple, leaving a small section of the fruit attached, and use toothpicks to suspend it over a bowl or cup of water. Just enough so that the remaining piece of fruit is submerged. Your baby pineapple will want bright direct sunlight, so if it is warm outside you can place it in a nice sunny spot. For cooler climates I recommend finding a bright window. Make sure to change he water ever other day or so, this will keep the plant from rotting. Once a root system has developed you can plant it in soil.

Remember to have fun along the way! If you want information about the potential for regrowing a different produce item send me a message!

Melissa Taylor