16 Vegetables & Herbs You Can Buy Once and Regrow Forever

16 Vegetables & Herbs You Can Buy Once and Regrow Forever

Following these tips will lower your food bills and provide you with a never ending supply of fruits, vegetables and herbs that you can use in your cooking. Some of these foods are easy to regrow at your home from leftover scraps, and some of them can even be grown right on the kitchen counter. Give them a try!

1. Green Onions

Green Onions

Check this tutorial at 17 Apart and always have green onions at hand.

2. Growing Onions Vertically

Growing Onions Vertically

This clever way of growing onions in an old used water bottle on a windowsill is a brilliant method to get free onions! Full tutorial at Auntie Dogma’s Garden Spot

3. Garlic

Garlic Sprouts

Instead of throwing away sprouted cloves, you can placed them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a much milder taste than garlic cloves and are perfect in salads, pasta or as a garnish. Learn more at Simple Daily Recipes

4. Grow Carrots From Carrots

Grow Carrots From Carrots

Growing carrot tops from carrots not require special equipment and results will be seen in just few days! Learn more at Project Fidgety Fingers

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  • peter

    Avocado? Waiting 6-8 Years to have the first fruit?

    • Lee Whirl

      the seed has to be started in soil at the onset to get fruit… if it was started in water to sprout-it will not produce fruit… Good luck.. (you could try grafting your plat to a producing tree?) ….

  • Stephen Richards

    Can you link me to a way to easily grow indoors in my own studio apartment corn, peas, green beans, broccoli, carrots, green bell peppers, celery, green onions, baking potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and parsley?

    • Linda J Dodrill

      If you have a south-facing window, start there. If not, you will need an overhead fluorescent light fixture – get a 2-bulb one and get one “cool” light bulb and one “warm” one – will provide most of the light spectrum you need. With little space, think vertical. Perhaps a wire mesh shelf, removing half the shelves, and hanging baskets above. You can easily grow the peas, green beans, green onions, cherry tomatoes, and herbs from hanging baskets. In large pots, combine regular “above” plants with “below” plants, planting the root veggies around the edge of a large pot, with the “above” plant in the middle, so a tomato plant surrounded by carrots, or pepper plant surrounded by onions, would be an example. I have not tried corn indoors,would suggest a dwarf size. And for pollination, you can very gently shake the plants, use a paintbrush, or fan to stir it around, you will need to check with each individual plant for its needs. For potatoes and sweet potatoes, it is easiest to use a grow bag with a trap door (think red longjohns with the butt flap) the flap opens for harvesting the potatoes out the side of the bag. As the potatoes or sweet potatoes grow, they will need room for foliage to grow up or out – I use a wire tomato cage for potatoes, and for sweet potatoes, more of a vine, trail them up some string or the side of your wire mesh shelf. You can wait the entire 3 or 4 months for potatoes, or else gently dig in through the side and pull out “new” potatoes just after flowers form on the plants, allowing the plants to continue growing more. Its all a big experiment. Have fun! A great resource is Mother Earth News, or your local agricultural extension, and occasionally on amazon I see container gardening books. Download the kindle reader free and this one is 2.99 http://www.amazon.com/How-Grow-Vegetables-Indoors-Container-ebook/dp/B009ET19V2

    • catglass

      Time to get back to your roots, dude! You can grow cherry tomatoes, cilantro and parsley in a studio (if you have a grow light or balcony). Beyond that, Ohio might be a good choice for you.

      • Stephen Richards

        Can you please link me to apartment-sized hydroponic garden plots?

    • Dana In OK

      Stephen, sorry about corn, you need a 4X4 ft plot minimum. Perhaps you could ask for a piece of ground around the complex? Sweet potatoes also need SPACE, they often run 6 ft or more (they grow very nicely as a ground cover for corn). Most of the other vegs you list can be grown in pots, especially LARGE pots with lots of room for roots and ability to hold water. Next will be to provide light – a balcony is ideal, but if you don’t have one you will likely need to buy lights, getting fluorescent lights can work very well if you can adjust them to being very close to the plants. Many seed catalogs offer varieties that perform well in containers. Don’t get discouraged the first time you try, gardening is something you try and try again to get better results. Good luck!

      • Stephen Richards

        Can you link me to apartment-sized hydroponic garden plots?

    • pacw808

      Burpee has seeds for corn that can be grown in a large container (something possibly called Patio Hybrid Corn).

  • Kenneth Mason

    Do you start with ‘pearl’ onions or what. The holes need to be the size of a grown onion?? Sorry a little confused by this great idea. Guess you could cut hole and snip the plastic between onions to get a large one out. See my point? The garlic shoots is a wonderful idea. Used to buy them at an asian store in DC. kapm

  • Fabiana Alejandra Gonzalez

    Hello all these are great idea. I wonder if someone knows? dont these little herbs get those little and onnoxious flies? Thank you in advance!

  • spearsey spearsey

    that sweet potato project is a nice one to do with the kids or grandies after you get it started get a nice stand for a pot of around 3 gallon set it by a window that has some sun you don’t need a lot plant your tater an let it grow an grow when its first started let some of them drape down over the sides then pick the one in the middle an let it vine up the curtain then let it keep growing over the top an down the other side of the window trim the dead leaves an PUT OLIVE OIL TO PUT A SHINE on the leafs the little ones really love this one