Tuesday, May 8, 2012

and now for something you'll really like...

Have you heard of re-growing celery from a leftover stalk? (I'm almost certain I originally read this on one of your blogs; please do let me know so I can link to you as well).  


I put this celery stalk base in a little bowl of water, and within a week it had regrown quite well. Then I put it in my homemade potting soil, mixed with a little compost, and there are beautiful new stalks growing.    

When I had a leftover base from a bunch of romaine lettuce, I decided to give that a go in the same fashion, just for fun. And voila! It works for that, too.


I suppose it makes sense, given that celery and lettuce have a high water content. I wonder if there's any nutrient loss by successively re-growing things, but hopefully the soil remedies that. I also wonder what else can be grown this way...   

 
It's just like pulling a rabbit out of your hat!

25 comments:

  1. That is seriously mindblowing! Baby celery - amazing. Thank you for sharing, and I feel kind of dumb for never having considered that as a possibility!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm going to try this the next time I buy romaine lettuce! Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've been doing the same thing with green onions and asking the same question.. Are they not as good for you / good tasting after growing and growing and growing again? Hmm.. I guess we'll both find out! I have some romaine in my fridge right now and plans to re-grow it in my brain. THANKS!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I read about this a few weeks ago somewhere in bloglandia, and I was tempted to try it. Then it dawned on me: I hate celery. But I might have to do it anyway just 'cause I can.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hee hee. Best to grow things with love (or that you love, I guess!)- maybe you can pretend to like your celery plant and then give it away to a celery-lover ;)

      Delete
  5. Brilliant! I have seen it done with spring onions and am going to try celery :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such a great and simple idea. Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Rocky: "And now for something you'll really like..."
    Bullwinkle: "Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat."

    Please someone tell me they remember this show, lest I begin to feel really old ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Jaime, I picked up on it from the title of your post but I AM really old!! LOL!! ;~)
      You'll have to let us know how the celery and lettuce tastes and, by the way, how is your vanilla coming along?

      Delete
    2. Oh, good! Whew. Don't worry, Candy, I'm catching up quick ;) My vanilla is still pretty strong, but more vanilla-y than about a month ago. I'm going to give it another few weeks before straining. I've used it a few times for baking already, though, and I like it! How's yours?

      Delete
  8. You're right. I really do like this.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ohhh...I DO like this! So fun to experiment and see what you can coax to life!

    Mia

    ReplyDelete
  10. You're right! I do really like this! My kids are gonna love this! Thank you for sharing, Jaime!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ooh, I have been meaning to try a lettuce but haven't had one yet to test...I have a bok choy in the fridge I want to test as well. PS...I showed my celery test a few weeks back with a link to Crunchy Catholic Momma in case you saw it on her blog???

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is fun! I had no idea you could do that! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, interesting! I had no idea---but definitely worth trying when the time is right down here in Texas.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I read about this on the blog Practical Parsimony, but haven't tried it. Matt is just learning to enjoy celery so we've only started buying it within the year 2012. I am so going to do it now that you've brought it back to my attention and Matt is finally on board with celery eating!

    And while you may have seen it (or maybe it was while you were under the weather) Matt and I are trying something similar with a pineapple. So far so good. http://bld-in-mt.blogspot.com/2012/04/montana-grown-pineapple.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just saw your pineapple post, and WOW, that's neat!

      Delete
  15. Thanks for this suggestion, I have always done this with spring onion or shallots, but I have also just put in the bottom of a Leek....hope it works, it is shooting a bit, so here's hoping.
    Celery is much more healthy to have with dips, so is capsicum (peppers)and cucumber, so you can sometimes ditch the biscuits.I have also heard celery is good with some peanut butter, maybe a good way to get more veg into the children.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooh, leeks, that's a great idea, too! Thanks for sharing that. We like celery in soups, stocks, and salads, too (such as egg salad or chicken salad) :)

      Delete
  16. love this!!!! can't wait tot try it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. It works really well with leeks. If the soil has enough nutrients then the plants will - "regrowing" them won't matter. Good luck

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...