5 Vegetables You Can Re-Grow Again and Again


According to Statistica, American families spend 1.46 trillion on groceries while redeeming 2.75 billion in consumer packaged goods (CPG) coupons. The average family paysabout $135.00 per week on food, and during those weeks that you experience unexpected car repairs or medical emergencies,that price tagcan be a stressful motivator to find ways to reduce household spending. You might be surprised to learn that it is highly cost-effective to grow vegetables in a small garden or on your deck with DIY planters. 

Here are 5 Vegetables You Can Re-Grow Again and Again:

1.    Lettuce: After taking the green leaves for the salad, most people tend to throw away the stump. If you put it in about a half inch of water for 2-4 days, new leaves will begin to grow. Do not let the water go below ½ an inch to make sure it has access to the water source, and use a mist sprayto keep the new leaves moist. You can then transplant it into the soilto finish growing.You can use the same technique for cabbage and bok choy as well.

2.    Celery: If you grew up in a household where celery was a staple, you know how handy it will be to grow your own. When you cut your stalks off, take the bottom root and place it in a water-filled glass or bowl for 5-7 days. Once you notice the leaves growing, you can setit in soil while it continues to grow to its regularlength. Do not forget to putthe root in sunlight so that it gets the right amount it needs to begin the growing process. 

3.    Potatoes: Peel your potato in 1 ½ to 2-inch piecesand pick out the ones that have several eyes on them. Set them aside to dry for at least one day. When ready, plant them eyes up in the soilabout three to four inches deep. 

If you prefer sweet potatoes, you can cut one in half and place it with toothpicks over a glass of shallow water. Once you see the roots grow to three or four inches, take them off and put in the glass of water. When they reach one inch in length, you can plant them.

4.    Tomatoes:If you have an extra tomato slice, you can place them on soil and allow them to dry out naturally with the sun. As the seeds fall into the soil, new plants will form.  Tomatoes are versatile and can contribute to dozens of family meals, so it is well worth the time to reproduce this vegetable.

5.    Green Onions:This vegetable is easily regrown. Cut your stalks about an inch from the base. Place the bulb in a container with just enough water to cover the bottom for about 8-10 days. You will need to watch the water level and replenish as needed. Cut the greenery and renew again.

Since produce is one of the most expensive items to buy, why not pick a few favorites and grow them to cut down on your grocery bill? It is an organic process to accomplish with just a few dollars and minutes of your time. 

Steve Horrell