Benchtop gardening - regrowth

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.

  1. Cut the base off so that you have a piece around 2-3cms tall
  2. Place it in a small bowl 
  3. Add around 1cm of water
  4. Pop in a sunny and highly visible spot like a kitchen windowsill
  5. Refresh the water every couple of days
  6. Shoots will start to appear in a few days (it's really fast and pretty freaken cool)
  7. Once roots start to appear you can plant them into soil, either in a pot or straight into the garden
  8. Wonder at how you got so damn good at gardening.


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