Intrigued? I’ll admit it, I was too, regrowing lettuce and celery from the end of the stalk that you would normally compost? This sounds a little “too good to be true” so I thought I would put this to the test. After all, what do I have to lose?

So, here is what I did:

  • I cut the lettuce, making sure to leave about 2-3 inches from the bottom.
  • Instead of tossing the root end of the lettuce into the compost.
  • Put it into a glass bowl, root end down.
  • Cover the lettuce about halfway with water.
  • Place the bowl in a window which gets plenty of sun.


….and, VOILA. To my amazement, within a week I saw regrowth! No maintenance at all, other than checking the water level and “refreshing it” every few days. Granted it has only been about a week, so I don’t know how long it will take to actually get enough lettuce for a salad. However, I am growing lettuce in the middle of the winter! I decided to try it with celery as well and it too has started to regrow. From this point, I will transplant these into a planter and cover the base with soil and just leave the “regrowth” leaves uncovered. Hopefully, in the spring I can plant these outside and get a true jump start on the growing season. This is just a tip of the iceberg for me. Did you know there are over 25 different foods you can regrow from scraps? I guess I have some more foods to experiment with. I was so surprised at how easy it was to actually regrow celery and lettuce from scraps. It will be very exciting when I actually get to eat these. (I know kinda pathetic) Oh yea, did I mention I am saving money?!

How simple is that!

~ Jen

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