So you're chopping and you're tossing and you're chopping you're tossing... Sound familiar? We all do it. Chop celery or scallions or lettuce and mercilessly toss out the bottoms or the root ends. We don't have to you know, Dear Readers. We can grow those bottoms but good! We can, even in the dead of winter, turn what seems like trash into treasure.
Here is what you're going to do:
Chop off the bottom root ends as usual, BUT, instead of tossing them into the trash or compost, place them in a glass or bowl with a enough water to immerse the end. (Don't use a fancy glass or bowl.) Place the glass or bowl in a place it will get ambient light and watch it grow. This is fun to do with the kids! You're cooking and teaching! On top of all that, you're helping the environment and goodness knows we need as much of that as we can get! The top will begin to sprout very quickly and eventually the old plant becomes a new plant that can also be transplanted in the garden. What sprouts is good to eat so chop away. I like to use organic starter bottoms but whatever your budget will allow is great.
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