Saving money on organic produce by simply regrowing vegetables in water is music to my ‘Frugal Spoonie’ ears!
Regrowing vegetables in water?…Whaaat?!?!? Who knew you could do that?! I thought vegetables had to be grown outdoors, in dirt, and from seeds. Now you’re telling me I can grow vegetables from the ones I have in the fridge, and all I need is water? Well, this little money-saving nugget of information is a game changer!
The idea of growing my own food has always intrigued me. I grew a row of beautiful zucchini plants, 3 different herbs, and a row of eggplants last spring. It was like a dream! I was so proud of my ‘crop’. Visions of delightful recipes made from delicacies embraced in the nourishing arms of the Earth, and nurtured to the peak of perfection by my horticulturally skilled hands danced in my head.
That is until the landscapers thought my baby eggplants were weeds, and pulled them up like so many immature mandrakes. My parsley turned into a ‘seeded’ montrosity then died, and my zucchini plants met a swift and untimely demise at the ravenous mercy of a rogue gang of ‘squash bugs’. I was convinced I had a black thumb.
Once bitten twice shy, so they say. Needless to say, trying my hand at something a little ‘safer’ sounds like a wise move:
Easy/Low Risk Gardening ~ Regrowing Vegetables In A Water Garden
(idea borrowed from Don’t Waste The Crumbs)
CELERY~ Cut off the celery stalks leaving approx. 2″ of the bottom bulb. Place bulb in small bowl of water and check levels every 3-4 days. New celery will grow from middle of bulb.
GREEN ONIONS~ Leave the white bottom portion and roots intact. Place in glass of water.
LEEKS~ Cut 2″ off stalk and place in glass of water. Use new green growth to add mellow onion flavor to dishes.
CARROT GREENS~ The carrot itself will not regrow, but if you cut the top part off and place it in a shallow bowl of water, the greens will contiue to grow. Chop and add these to soups, salads, and pesto recipes!
ROMAINE LETTUCE~ Cut off bottom of head of lettuce and place in small bowl of water. Check levels every 3-4 days. New growth begins in days, and 1/2 head should be ready to harvest in 2 wks.
Will you be able to go to the Bahamas on what you save growing a few of your own vegetables? Well, no, but every little bit helps! Plus, regrowing vegetables in your own little water garden is an inexpensive, simple pleasure to raise your spirits and nourish your body.
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