How to Regrow Kitchen Scraps

Whether or not you have a garden or space for a garden, regrowing kitchen scraps is an easy way to save money on vegetables!

There are some veggies that just need water to grow and others that need a little dirt to successfully regrow. You can do all of this from the comfort of your house or even your apartment! You can also replant these veggies and scraps in your outdoor garden to save on seeds.

Regrowing your veggies is not only way cheaper than repurchasing veggies, but it’s also more sustainable and honestly, more rewarding. There’s just something special about eating something you’ve grown on your own.

How to regrow kitchen scraps:

You can regrow almost anything in your kitchen but today I want to share with you the easiest and most popular kitchen scraps to regrow.

1. Green Onions –

I’ve seen people do this all over social media and for good reason! It’s literally the simplest thing to regrow and doesn’t require any dirt. Though you can easily plant them in dirt or in your garden for extra growth!

Simply take the ends (the white part of the onion) and place them in a jar or little container with water. You don’t want to submerge the onion but fill with about 1/2 inch water. 

In a few days, you’ll start to see dark green onions coming out of the white. And in a week or two, you’ll have fully regrown your green onions! Then you can just trim as needed and watch them grow back again!

With this method, you may never need to buy green onions again!

how to regrow kitchen scraps

2. Celery –

Celery is very similar to green onions in terms of regrowing. Once you’ve used all the stalks, take the base of the bunch and place it in a shallow dish with water. You’ll need to change the water about every other day for the celery.

New stalks should start growing within a week! Planting it in some soil is best for long term growth.

3. Carrots –

To regrow some carrots, simply place the tops in a shallow dish with a little water. You don’t want to submerge them. In a few days, the greens will start to grow. Which you can eat! They actually taste similar to parsley and are high in vitamin K!

Afet the greens have started to grow, it’s time to plant them in soil!

how to regrow kitchen scraps

4. Lettuce – 

The ends of romaine and butter lettuce also grow tremendously in water! Take the base of your lettuce, place it in a jar, and fill it halfway with water. 

You’ll need to give the lettuce access to sunlight and change its water every few days but you’ll have blooming greens in a few weeks!

5. Basil/Mint –

Basil and mint can both be regrown the same way! The next time you’re at the grocery store be sure to get a fresh bunch of both. Then save a leaf or two from each bundle to regrow.

Leave each leaf in a jar with a 1/2 of water (stem down) and replant after the roots start to grow a bit.

how to regrown kitchen scraps

6. Rosemary –

Rosemary grows a lot like basil and mint but they should be kept in a deep container or jar with shallow water. 

They do best when kept them someplace warm, once their roots start to show go ahead and replant them!

7. Sweet potato –

Sweet potatoes regrow a lot like carrots. Simply take then ends and place in a shallow dish with water. Once leaves start to grow, plant it in some soil and watch it take off!

8. Garlic –

Garlic is also a breeze to regrow! You don’t need any water, just place a garlic clove in some soil and with regular watering, it will start to sprout and eventually turn into a full head of garlic! 

how to regrown kitchen scraps

And there you have it! How to regrow kitchen scraps! All 8 of these scraps are so easy to grow and don’t take a lot of effort. As long as you remember to water those that need watering and change the water on those that need changing you should be set!


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Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to think twice about tossing your kitchen scraps. Please don’t forget to share this post and follow me on Instagram for daily low waste living inspiration!

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