So a few weeks ago Danielle shared an article with us about how to regrow the roots on your scallions.Â This is probably one of my favorite kitchen tips, so I just wanted to elaborate on the subject a little more and tell you some other great herbs and veggies you can propagate at home!
The first week we got scallions in our CSA, the second week they were marked down for quick sale, and by the third week they were down to ten cents a bunch. If you know me in person you have probably already received batches of scallions that need good homes because I tend to get a little overzealous when it comes to these money saving tricks.
This first picture is what my cheapo guys looked like when I took them home.
See their stubby roots in the water? All chopped off. I prettied them up by cutting off any stems and left it so that only green remained. A week later and this is what they look like.
See how long their roots got? It took barely any time at all!
All you have to do is put your scallions in a few inches of water. The important thing is to change the water every other day or so, if you notice it starting to get cloudy then that means you better hurry up!Â I left these in my kitchen window (on a custom shelf my hubby built just to hold all of my herb projects) so it was easy to remember.Â If you don’t want to be wasteful then use this “old” water for your other plants, and replace these jars with a few inches of water from the tap.
You can also eat off of these scallions at any time, I use it as a garnish for almost every fresh meal we make. Eggs, tacos, whatev. They grow so quickly it’s pretty hard to spend them.
Fun, right? Yay! But if you read the article then you already know. Luckily I’ve got a few other tricks up my sleeve to share with you.
Do you know how easy it is to propagate new growth from your existing Rosemary plant?
- Take a 2 â€“ 3 inch cutting from a soft woody party of a mature rosemary plant. Use sharp scissors or gardening sheers.
- Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting, make sure to leave a couple of leaves on top (maybe 5 or 6)
- Take the rosemary cuttings and place it in a small, well drained container with potting soil.
Unlike scallions, it may take a while for it to take root, especially if you don’t use any root-enhancing products on it.Â Be sure to plant a few extra just in case some don’t take at all. But in the end you will have a few new Rosemary babies to add to your garden!
I haven’t tried this one yet but as soon as I’m done with this article I’m going to give it a try. Simply cut off the bottom or your celery at the base (you know, the white part that you don’t eat). Put that in water, cut side facing up. You will see new growth start to form, then transplant it in the ground! Now for celery to grow you need to have cool weather for a long period of time, so don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t grow well. But it may be a fun science experiment to try with the kids and hey, it’s free (kind of)!
When I went to buy more horseradish from the Farmer’s Market the other day I was drawn to this big chunky root with leaves coming out of it. Can I take what I need and replant it the rest? We’ll see! So I made a big batch of horseradish, being sure to preserve the section that had the leaves. The rest of the plant went in the water (like the celery). It’s already begun to grow roots but I’m waiting for more before I decide what step to take next.
Purchased roots for starting horseradish usually have buds on one end, so you can tell which way is up. Bury the root standing â€œuprightâ€ with the bud ends at the top, just above the soil level. If you are using root from the store, there may not be any clear top to it. In that case, youâ€™re better off planting the root horizontally just a few inches under the soil and let the plant figure it out.Â Â How to Grow Horseradish
I know there’s much more out there, like ginger and garlic, potatoes (sweet and regular). What veggies and herbs do you reuse to get the most bang for your buck?