Did you know, that like magic you can regrow a whole new plant from the scrap parts of various types of vegetables? Recently I have been regrowing veg from bits that would have previously gone in the compost heap. I have had success with celery, onions and garlic so far and the Reduce Your Food Waste Facebook group members have also been experimenting. There is nothing to stop you joining in too! It’s a lot of fun, costs nothing (especially if you make your own compost) and it is really satisfying to see the plants grow! Have a go – if it all goes wrong, you haven’t lost anything you weren’t going to chuck away anyway!
In this post I am going to share with you how you can regrow a new celery plant from the bottom part of it. Also if you keep scrolling you will see a picture of my regrown celery planted in the ground.
To regrow celery from the scrap part of it:
- Place your celery bottom in a bowl with a little water on a sunny window ledge. Note: you may need to suspend it in the water. Poke cocktail sticks into it’s sides and then balance the sticks on the edges of the bowl/ container you are growing in. This is because it allows roots to grow underneath.
- Change and refresh the water every day or two
- Put the celery in a pot with some compost once it has sprouted and grown some roots. This could take several weeks.
- Water regularly so the soil is kept damp, but don’t over water
- Harden off and plant outside in a sunny spot if it is warm enough. If you don’t have any outside space, or it is too cold, keep it on a sunny window ledge.
- Harvest as desired and leave enough at the bottom to see if it will regrow again!
Here’s what my celery looks like in the ground just over two months since I first started regrowing it!
Now it’s your turn to regrow something! If you do, then let me know how you get on – I’d love to hear about it. Also feel free to join the Reduce Your Food Waste Facebook group and share your regrowing stories there too!