Re-grown Veggie Scraps

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5 Days
If you've seen any of my posts in the past regarding anything outdoors, I'm sure you already know that I'm not much of a gardener; however, I do try. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. What can I say, I'm the Jane of all trades with a brown thumb! I think my problem is that I "set it and forget it" (I know there was once an infomercial where the presenter said that often)--I plant the seed and I forget about watering it, or I overwater it. I'm hoping this little experiment I came across will prove to be a turning point in my gardening skills--at least it's super cute for now--and it's a great way to grow things in a small space!

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-Pennington 24 in. x 7 in. Dark Flame Tapered Window Box (You can buy it here on Amazon.)
-glass jars
-organic Romaine lettuce
-organic green onions
-kitchen knife
-measuring tape (optional)

Not pictured:
-large garlic cloves
-organic potting soil

STEP 1: Cut veggie scraps
First, I cut the Romaine lettuce 2" from the base...

...I also did the same for the green onions.

STEP 2: Put scraps in jars and add water
Next, I put the base of the lettuce in a glass jar and poured in about 1-2" of water.

I also did the same for the green onions but only needed about 1/2-1" of water.

STEP 3: Let scraps sit and change water
Then, I let the lettuce and and green onions sit in a sunny spot for about 5 days, making sure to change the water everyday.

*Please ignore the lighting here--it was a sunny day and it washed out the color of the lettuce and onions in the shot.

Here is what my lettuce and green onions looked like after 5 days. The lettuce will sprout new leaves out of the middle of the base and the green onions will sprout beautiful green shoots.

STEP 4: Plant scraps
Once my lettuce and onion scraps had good sprouts, I added organic potting soil to my planter box. I think this planter box is beautiful, and it sits perfectly on a windowsill. You can buy it here on Amazon.

Then I planted my lettuce approximately 2" deep.

I also did the same for my green onions. I spaced my onions out about 2-3" from each other.

At the last minute I decided to also plant some garlic. To do this, I simply broke up garlic that I had on hand and took two of the biggest cloves to plant in my planter box.

I made sure to push the garlic down into the soil with the base down and 1-2" apart.

I'm so excited that I was actually able to grow something--and inside nonetheless! This little experiment was so easy and it really gets me pumped for spring--I can't wait to plant more veggies and herbs like tomatoes and basil outdoors.

Isn't the planter box pretty? I really love it.

Suggested materials:
  • Pennington 24 in. x 7 in. Dark Flame Tapered Window Box   (Amazon)
  • Glass jars   (on hand)
  • Organic Romaine lettuce   (on hand (from grocery store))
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  • Gladys Benitez Gladys Benitez on Jun 29, 2017
    Kool Beans Indeed. Mine died :):(:(.... I thought roots had to grow before placing in soil. So, how long will these 3 items continue to grow and produce? Did you keep them in the same sunny spot & indoors? Thank You!!

  • Cfl12644476 Cfl12644476 on Mar 19, 2018
    I love this idea! One question...why do you use the most edible part of the scallion as the “scrap” to re-grow?

  • Cindy Cindy on Mar 19, 2018
    Has anyone tried this with cauliflower or broccoli?

    Is is the pineapple as sweet as the starter pineapple?
    How large do the pineapples grow?

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