Re-Growing Veg Scraps

Posted by Rowan Britton on

I have always wanted to have a garden where I can grow my own things. Through lockdown, I gave it a go! But the slugs got the better of my plants.. So when I heard that you can re-grow lettuce and spring onions - two of the things I use weekly if not daily - I got excited!

I did some research (not going to lie.. Mainly Pinterest research..) and it looked pretty simple.

Did you know you can freeze spring onions? I swear by this! I hate food waste. This is a fab tip to keep spring onions on hand and minimise waste. I decided to chop what I had and keep the ends.


Then, I put the ends, upright in a glass with about 2cm of water - just enough to cover the roots. Make sure you keep an eye on the water as the days go by. These suck the water up!

Next, I did the same with the ends of the lettuce. I put just enough water to cover the root of them.


I sat both near sunlight - but not direct sunlight though!
The spring onions started to sprout after a few days. Next thing I knew, they looked like this!


I almost gave up on the lettuce, but on day 5, they looked like this! Yay!

After over a week, they looked like this!
If you have soil, you can move the plants to a few centimetres of soil. This way, they last longer. If not - water will do fine.

I have attempted leeks, too!

This was day one of my leek. I started it off in water but it got a little slimy, so I transferred to soil. I tried the same with some spring onions, too.

The leek regrowth is from 12 days - it has done so well! I moved the plant to a teacup and put it in some soil. It did so well, that now, I've actually re-planted it in my mini allotment in the garden.


Verdict? It works and is definitely worth a go!

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