Regrow spring onions and leeks
Spring onions and leeks come from the shops with their roots still in place. So once you’ve chopped the rest of the veg up to cook, place the root ends in a glass or container of water and put in a bright place that’s out of direct sunlight. Change the water every 1-2 days to avoid a build-up of slime, then, once you see them growing taller, replant them into your garden bed or a pot for an ongoing supply.
The roots have already been chopped off when you buy your celery, but you can still create more as the base of the celery still contains the tissue essential for root production. As well, new stalks will emerge from the centre of the scrap. To start, push skewers or toothpicks through the fat, fleshy part, set it on top of a glass, then fill the glass with water until it touches the celery base. Change water every 1-2 days and place in bright light, but away from direct sunlight. It will take 2-3 week for roots to emerge and then you can plant them out.
Get the family involved
As well as being a budget buster, these projects are also a great way to help kids fall in love with gardening. It lets them get their hands dirty while developing a hands-on appreciation of where plants – and food – come from.
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