I'm all about hacks that don't take a heap of time and effort - and this
benchtop gardening adventure has completely nailed both of those!
Regrowing food from scraps means you only have to go as far as your fridge to get started.
I gave it a whirl with bok choy and celery because that's what I had on hand, but you can do it with heaps of things:
- Potatoes and kumara
- Beetroot, turnips, parsnips, carrots
- Lettuce, cabbage, and heaps of other leafy greens
- Bulb fennel
- Leeks, garlic, and onions
Depending on the vegetable the instructions might vary a little bit, but here's the general approach that worked for me with the celery and bok choy.
- Cut the base off so that you have a piece around 2-3cms tall
- Place it in a small bowl
- Add around 1cm of water
- Pop in a sunny and highly visible spot like a kitchen windowsill
- Refresh the water every couple of days
- Shoots will start to appear in a few days (it's really fast and pretty freaken cool)
- Once roots start to appear you can plant them into soil, either in a pot or straight into the garden
- Wonder at how you got so damn good at gardening.