The Seven Best Vegetables to Grow from Kitchen Scraps

Propagating Herbs in Water

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Propagating Herbs in Water

Propagating Herbs in Water

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What has turned into a movement in urban kitchens is something which happens naturally in the plant world: it is called vegetative propagation where plants replicate without seeds. It is an easy way to grow your own vegetables and herbs - even fruit. The best news: you do not need a garden because all this can be done in planters and pots. Plants require light and warmth, so a sunlit corner of your kitchen is the ideal spot to launch your own regrowing project and make use of leftover vegetables.

These easy growing veggies and herbs are perfect for novice gardeners:

  1. Celery                                        
  2. Coriander
  3. Fresh basil
  4. Leeks
  5. Mint
  6. Chinese cabbage
  7. Spring onions

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  1. This is how it works:

  • Upcycle an old jam jar
  • Half fill it with fresh water
  • Place a sprig, stalk or leaf of the vegetable into the jar - leaves up
  • Replace the water every day
  • Wait until the plant is showing roots and fresh green growth
  • Transfer them into a small flowerpot with drainage and plant them in potting compost
  • Cover the roots and base but the top of the plant should remain exposed
  • Keep the soil moist but do not water excessively
  • After a week or two you are ready to harvest your first crops.

    Once you have successfully mastered this entry level in sustainable regrowing, you can step up your game and try your hand at cloning a pineapple.

What has turned into a movement in urban kitchens is something which happens naturally in the plant world: it is called vegetative propagation where plants replicate without seeds. It is an easy way to grow your own vegetables and herbs - even fruit. The best news: you do not need a garden because all this can be done in planters and pots. Plants require light and warmth, so a sunlit corner of your kitchen is the ideal spot to launch your own regrowing project and make use of leftover vegetables.

These easy growing veggies and herbs are perfect for novice gardeners:

  1. Celery                                       
  2. Coriander
  3. Basil
  4. Leeks
  5. Mint
  6. Romaine lettuce
  7. Spring onions 
Propagating Chinese Cabbage

Propagating Chinese Cabbage

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This is how it works

  • Upcycle an old jam jar
  • Half fill it with fresh water
  • Place a sprig, stalk or leaf of the vegetable into the jar - leaves up
  • Replace the water every day
  • Wait until the plant is showing roots and fresh green growth
  • Transfer them into a small flowerpot with drainage and plant them in potting compost
  • Cover the roots and base but the top of the plant should remain exposed
  • Keep the soil moist but do not water excessively

After a week or two you are ready to harvest your first crops. Once you have successfully mastered this entry level in sustainable regrowing, you can step up your game and try your hand at cloning a pineapple.

 

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