Fresh produce can cost a pretty penny to keep in your home. Did you know that you can actually re-grow some of the same produce you buy for a second time? Most of the time, it doesn’t even require any special skills or a warm time of year! Here are some fruits and vegetables you can re-grow for a second harvest to stretch your budget even further!
7 Fruits and Vegetables you can Re-Grow for a Second Harvest
Re-grow Green Onion In Water (Scallions)
This is one of the easiest to start with and just about anyone can do this little re-growing trick. Plus, these beauties grow really fast! In less than a week, you will have a whole new harvest!
Just take the root part (the white area with the small roots) and stick it in about 2 inches of water. You will be amazed that in just a day or two, you will have a couple inches of regrowth!
Romaine Lettuce Regrowth
This one is a little difficult as you need to first buy a head of romaine (not just the heart) that has a good base. Just like the green onions, stick it in some water and watch it grow. It takes a little longer than the scallions, but you should be able to get at least one more harvest out of it.
Re-grow Store Bought Basil Herb
You can create new growth for a new plant from cuttings off of a basil plant. You will need fresh basil picked right off the plant for this one. Just submerge the stems in water and new rots will start to form. Carefully plant the roots in a pot and you will have a basil plant in no time.
Just like with the romaine lettuce, Bok Choy can be grown in a similar fashion. It also is a slower growing process, but you should see results in a week or two of it starting to form.
Re-grow Leeks From Roots
Leeks are very similar to scallions, so they can be re-grown in a similar fashion. Just dunk the roots in water and leave them there. In a very short time (think a week, to a week-and-a-half), you should have enough to use again.
This one requires quite a commitment as it can take a long time to do, even a year or two. Just take the top of a healthy pineapple and place it in water. Watch for signs of rooting taking place. When that happens, place it in good soil (even in a pot).
Re-growing Mushrooms at Home
If you have a family that is a fan of mushrooms, you are going to love this. Mushrooms can regenerate with nothing more than a couple single caps. Growing mushrooms takes a special environment however, so be sure you can keep your growth limited to a dark, moist area that is cool. A basement would probably be best. Just take a cap and place it in rich soil. You need to cover the cap’s top most of the way with just a little bit peeking out. Keep the area damp. In a short time, you will have some mushrooms of your own!