Do you feel like the green of your thumb is starting to fade? If so, maybe it’s time to play with your food and grow something.

Want a steady supply of green onion tops? Buy scallions, cut off the green part for use in a recipe. Place the white bulbs in a glass with water covering the roots and the base of the onion bulb. The roots will get longer, the bulbs will increase in size and the green part will begin to grow again. You can cut them for use again and again.

Celery is another food that will re-grow. Cut the stalks off the base leaving an inch or two of the stalks attached to the base. Stand that in a saucer of water until roots begin to form. At that time, plant in a container. This grows leaves and spindly stalks This greenery and the small stalks are yummy for seasoning.

You won’t get an avocado but you will get a nice houseplant. Stick three toothpicks around an avocado seed and suspend over a glass of water with only the base of the seed touching the water. When roots form, plant in soil. Give the plant bright, indirect light. If the plant gets leggy, pinch pack to force side branching.


Carrot tops can be replanted and will grow new tops but not the actual root. The tops will bloom. If outside, this type of flower attracts beneficial insects. The carrot is a biennial plant, meaning it grows the first year, blooms and dies the second. Carrot tops can be used as a seasoning.

You can use a nice plump piece of ginger root from the store to grow more ginger. Put it in a pot in a bright place. It may be moved outside for summer. Ginger grows when temps hit about 75-85 degrees. Keep the container moist but not wet. When the top begins to die back, after eight to ten months, you can harvest the ginger.

Do the same thing with a sweet potato. Or cut in half lengthwise and lay on potting soil mixed with vermiculite. Cover and put in a warm spot. The eyes will sprout and you’ll have a very attractive houseplant or new starts for your outdoor containers.

Want to grow your own pineapple? Select a ripe fruit. If the leaves pull out it’s over ripe. Select a different fruit. Cut off the leaves about half an inch from the pineapple. Remove some of the lower leaves and trim away the fruit until you see small brown bumps around the stem. These are growth buds. Set the leaves on the counter to dry for a week to help discourage rotting when planted. Plant in well drained potting soil covering the pineapple up to the leaves. Place in bright light. It should root in about two months. You can eventually get a pineapple off one of these plants.


So, there are some easy things to grow that you’ll find in your own kitchen. That should last you till gardening season.

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