April 17, 2012

Re-Growing Store-Bought Vegetables

Did you know that you can re-grow some of the vegetables that you get from the store right in your own home? I have been growing green onions, celery, and sweet potatoes right in my kitchen.

Green onions and celery are really simple. After you use them up, save the bottom part. Just stick them into some water and they will re-grow. I give them fresh water every few days. The celery can be planted outside once it gets a little bigger and has some roots. The green onions could, too, but you can also just keep them in your kitchen and keep re-growing them- giving you an endless supply of fresh green onions!

I have now moved the celery to my garden:

Here is my sweet potato plant. Stick a few toothpicks into the potato and put it into water. It will start sprouting roots.  It will get some big vine-like sprouts growing off the top. These are called "slips". Once these sprouts are 5-6 inches long, remove them from the potato and put them in another jar of water. These will take root and can be planted in a pot or in the garden to grow into potatoes.

I am also growing some regular potatoes, herbs, and lots of veggies. They are started inside and waiting to soon be planted in my garden. I love this time of year when we get to start growing so many beautiful things- to be eaten fresh from the garden.

I also recently tried planting Romaine lettuce from the cut off ends and it is growing, too- how cool is that?

Have you ever sprouted your own alfalfa sprouts or mung beans? It's really easy! See my post about it here.
What are you growing??

Karyn is a mom to three young children. She just finished her first year of homeschooling. She grew up in FL and got a degree in Home Ec. Ed. from BYU. She taught school for a few years before having kids. Karyn loves learning along with her kids! Some hobbies: music, cooking, sewing, reading, & gardening. She runs two different blogs- one focused on homeschooling- Teach Beside Me, the other is a food blog.

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Tristan said...

Okay, this is awesome and my kids will love this - thanks!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I had no idea....and we are farmers!

Evelyn Curtis said...

THis is awesome! I'm totally going to try this! I am growing watermelon, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, and corn. This will be fun to try! I want to try the romaine lettuce and the celery as these are staples in my home!

Cody and Utahna said...

How much sun do these kitchen plants need? Are yours kept on a window sill? My kitchen windows face north.

teresa said...

Wow! Thank you so much for posting this! I'm going to try it!!

Karyn Tripp said...

I kept mine on a window sill in my kitchen that was East facing, but I think they would probably be fine in any window that gets some sunlight.

Dana ♥ said...

So awesome! I knew about potatoes but I had not even considered the other vegetables! So fun!

Diane said...

This is so interesting. I will have to go and buy some green onions and get them started. Do you get the same variety of potatoes?

Siera said...

I am also experimenting with Parsnips. I just cut end off and placeho knows? Maybe just a parsnip plant. LOL