I am always looking for new ways to be sustainable and do my part to reduce our carbon footprint. I guess I didn’t realize that this can be done with food, as well as our homes and our transportation. I’m very passionate about cooking and gardening. Lately I have found myself getting more and more into this lifestyle. Right now I have two jars of Kombucha I’m attempting to make at home (we will see how that turns out in a couple of weeks!). But not just that, I’ve planted a bunch of herbs, different peppers, and tomatoes at my house. I also have a lovely chicken and duck in my backyard to provide us with fresh eggs. And recently, I have been excited to begin regrowing veggies from scraps.
In our home, we put onions in just about everything that we make. Did you know you can regrow your scallions from the white root end? All you have to do is just put that in a glass jar with a little water and leave in a sunny spot. We have ours in our kitchen window. It only takes a few days for the green part to re grow. I do recommend changing the water out completely once a week. Also, if you find yourself with more green onions that you can use, they freeze like a charm! I just take my kitchen scissors and cut them up while they are fresh and store them in a bag. This works with leeks and fennel as well.
What about celery, lettuce, and cabbage? Well, they will regrow as well! Just cut the stalks off as your normally would and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water, just enough to cover the roots but not the top of your cutting. Place these in a sunny spot as well. Spray your cuttings with water to keep the top moist. After a couple of days you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. After a week, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the level of the soil. The plant will continue to grow and within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head!
Garlic also goes in pretty much everything in our house. You can re grow it from just a single clove. Plant it, root end down, in a warm position with plenty of sunshine. The garlic will root itself and produce new shoots. Once it is established, cut back the shoots and the plant will put all its energy into producing a new bulb! You can repeat the process with your new bulb!
Who doesn’t like pineapple? You can regrow your pineapple from the top green piece! Make sure that there is no fruit remaining on the green, leafy part. It will rot after planting it and kill the plant. Carefully slice small, horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until you see root buds (the small circles on the flat base of the stalk). Remove the bottom few layers of leaves, leaving about an inch base at the bottom of the stalk. Plant your pineapple crown in a warm and well drained environment. Water your plant regularly at first, then reducing to weekly water once your plant has established itself. You will see growth in the first few months but it will take around 2-3 years before you are eating your own home grown pineapples.
These are all wonderful projects for you to do with your kids because you will see results quickly. So, try a few of these out!