Re-Growing Fruits and Vegetables, and Herbs
Did you know you can grow new carrots from old carrot stems? What about pineapples?
Organic lemon seeds can be planted directly into wet soil, just make sure to do it quickly, do NOT allow the seeds to dry out! You can slice a tomato in half, and plant the bottom directly into a pot of moist soil as well!
Did you know you can plop the cutting of a celery stock, even after it’s been refrigerated, and grow new celery? It’s amazing how quickly you will start to see new growth!
Ready for a crash course in celery re-growing?
Okay, it’s pretty complicated, but I know you can do it.
1.) Cut celery stock about two inches from base
2.) Place in a shallow bowl of water.
3.) Walk away
Yeah, no, that’s pretty much it. But I’m gonna keep talking about it anyway. Once the celery gets big enough, plant it in some well-draining soil in a sunny window. When it’s ready, plant it in the garden as you would any other celery.
But this technique isn’t limited to celery, you can do this with onions, green onions, carrots (just cut the tops and put those in water, not the base), Bok Choy, Romaine lettuce, garlic, fennel….
Many herbs can be propagated from cuttings, too.
Re-Grow Herbs from Cuttings:
Not EVERY herb can be grown this way, but many can. Here’s a list:
Take a clean pair of scissors or pairing knife and cut a young piece of the herb. This is especially important for rosemary, which can get quite hard when it matures. A fresh rosemary sprout will root fastest. Basil, mint, and sage will root fairly quickly as long as you cut a new sprout, or for basil, a clipping from the top.
Place the steam in water in a sunny window. I do not dump out the water, I simply add to it as it evaporates to keep the stem saturated.
*When rooting rosemary, find the greenest stem. Woodier stems will take a very long time to root.
**For plants like thyme, the stem dries out very quickly. Make sure to put it in water instantly and keep the water level high enough to cover the stem at all times or the thyme will dehydrate and die. Forever.