Many vegetables can grow again from the leftovers that you planned to throw away (or compost). This is an easy way to start a new garden or increase the variety of one that already exists. Here are some common veggies and instructions on how to use them to make your garden grow!
Note: These tips were provided by HellaWella, a site that takes the stuffiness out of the healthy lifestyle culture, and gives people tips on living healthy in the real world.
Leeks, scallions or green onions. With leeks, scallions or green onions, you can simply take the root end of the vegetable and place it submerged in a jar with water. Once the roots begin to grow, you can replant into a container.
Greens. Greens such as celery, bok choy, romaine and cabbage are easy to care for: just place the root end in a bowl of water. While it starts to sprout new leaves and roots grow, spritz the leaves with water to keep them damp. Then replant it in soil, leaving just the leaves showing above the ground.
Potatoes. Did your potatoes start sprouting “eyes?” Well, you can take 2-inch-sized pieces that have a couple of eyes and let them dry out. Then plant the pieces 8-inches deep with the eye facing up. You’ll want to add more soil as the roots appear. Note: You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes!
Garlic. All you need to start growing garlic is one clove. Plant it root down and leave the container in a place with lots of direct sunlight. Once new shoots are established, cut them back so the plant will focus its energy on producing the garlic bulb.
Pineapple. Pineapple may seem like it should only grow somewhere tropical, but that’s not the case! You can regrow this plant, but you have to be ready to go the long haul. Remove the leafy top, making sure no more fruit remains, then cut horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until the root buds are exposed. Remove the bottom layers of leaves, and keep just an inch base. Plant the crown in a warm place and water regularly. Reduce to weekly waterings once the roots take hold. Note: Although you’ll see growth in the first couple of months, it will take two to three years before fully grown pineapples are ready to harvest!