Harvesting vegetables from your own garden is budget-friendly, rewarding and healthy. Home gardeners save on costly trips to the market, they get to enjoy watching the fruits of their labor and they ensure that they’re eating veggies free from harmful chemicals. For the novice gardener looking for a place to begin, here are three vegetables that are easy to re-grow at home from simple kitchen scraps.
Celery – As easy to grow as vegetables come, celery will re-grow from its white root end. Cut the stalks off and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water. Cover the roots at the bottom, but make sure the water does not cover the top. Place the bowl in a sunny spot in the kitchen, and spray the top of the cutting with water once a day to keep it moist. After several days, roots and new leaves will begin to appear. Wait one week then transplant the celery into soil so that just the leaves are showing above the soil. The celery will continue growing and will sprout a new head in approximately two weeks.
Potatoes – Once potatoes begin to sprout eyes and are no longer desirable for human consumption, they are perfect for re-growing new potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 2-inch pieces, making sure that each piece has one or two robust eyes. Let the cut pieces sit out at room temperature for 48 hours so that they will dry out. This prevents the potatoes from rotting underground once they are planted. Plant each potato piece 8 inches down, with an eye facing upward. Fill the holes only halfway at first then add more soil as the potatoes grow. Add compost to the soil to ensure hardy potatoes.
Onions – As one of the easiest vegetables to grow, onions are a great place for the novice home gardener to begin. Cut off the root end of an onion, leaving about a half-inch of onion attached to the root. Put the onion in a sunny spot in the garden and cover it with a fine layer of soil. Water the onion frequently to keep the soil moist. Onions prefer warm climates, so follow these steps with an indoor pot for colder locales.
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