Grow Food in Water

My food is grown from the earth, not born from an animal or created in a lab. Since, I eat an abundance of fruit and vegetable I want to research ways to regrow my scraps, instead of throwing them in the compost bin. I was aware that the scraps can be grown in soil, but I was filled with joy when I learned about growing them in water. 

The day I found out about growing food in water, I had scraps from romaine lettuce and green onion to experiment with. I chopped off the bottom of the lettuce and onion then placed the stub in a bowl of water. After three to five days, a new stalk began to grow for both the green onion and lettuce. 

I cooked with green onions.... A LOT so every time  I cut the bulb of the onion off, place the end in a bowl and grow the stalks then stick it in soil.

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After some research, I found that there are many varieties of veggies that you can do this with.

kitchen scrap plants that are easy to regrow:

  • lettuce
  • green onions
  • bok choy
  • pineapple
  • ginger
  • lemongrass
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • beets
  • onions
  • garlic

The best part of this kitchen scrap plants experiment is that if you get in the habit of it, you can actually save some money off of your grocery bill. 


  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Bowls or jars filled with shallow water
  • Toothpicks


Step 1: Chop the ends off the bok choy, and green onions. Chop the tops off of the carrots and pineapple. Peel one clove off of a garlic root.

Step 2: Stick toothpicks in the bottom of the pineapple, garlic, and sweet potato.

Step 3: Fill mason jars and bowls (or clear plastic cups if you’re afraid of breakage) with a little bit of water. You want the water to just cover the bottom of the veggie.

Step 4: Wait and allow nature to work her magic.

Step 5: Keep an eye on the bowls. If the water evaporates, refill it. Also, check to make sure none of the veggies are getting moldy. If they do, either throw them away or peel off a few layers.


It's fun and a great learning experience. It is simple and can possibly reduce your food waste while getting fresh produce at your fingertips. 

1 comment

  • I love how your articles are short, provide digestible knowledge, and quick instructions on how to implement/apply. Thank you for being you 😊

    Eboni McGhee

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