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6 vegetables you can grow with just water and sunlight


Here are six vegetables that only need one week of water and sunshine to grow. 

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Now that we’re spending more time at home than ever, more and more people turn to their kitchen for solace. It’s unsurprising though seeing how the magic always happens in the kitchen, and not to mention, the simple acts of cooking and baking do make us feel therapeutic at times. Maybe it’s the sense of satisfaction you get for making something delicious out of nothing, or maybe it’s the fact that you get to witness the look of gratification of a loved one when he or she took a bite of your cooking. 

But none of these magic can happen if you don’t have the right ingredients to complete the meal. In light of the novel coronavirus, it’s getting harder for us to go out and get fresh produce from the market. Online grocery stores are also all packed up and some places take weeks to deliver to your doorstep. Fortunately, there’s a solution to that. 

Some vegetables can be regrown. And the best thing is they only need water and sunlight. So not only will you get endless supplies of vegetables with this method, you’ll always be saving the world by consuming fewer plastics too (unless you’re practising a zero-waste lifestyle). 

1. Scallion

Green onion scallion
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There’s nothing a little sprinkle of scallion can’t do, which is why they run out pretty quickly. For an endless supply of this kitchen staple, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Chop off the green part of the vegetable. Make sure to leave an inch of the white bottom intact. 

Step 2: Next, put the stubs in a clear, narrow glass to support the scallion. 

Step 3: Fill the glass with an inch of water, place it in a sunny spot and it will sprout in a few days.

2. Romaine Lettuce

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If you’re making salad at home with romaine lettuce as your base, don’t throw the butt of the lettuce just yet. You can regrow it with this simple method. 

Step 1: Place the lettuce in a tall bowl. 

Step 2: Fill the bowl with water. Make sure half of the lettuce is submerged. 

Step 3: Place the lettuce near a sunny window and let it grow. 

3. Bok Choy 

bak choy
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A staple in Chinese cuisine, bok choy is a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in many different ways. Steam it, stir fry it, roast it… you name it. Here’s how to regrow this delicious and nutritious vegetable:

Step 1: Cut 2 inches from the bottom up.

Step 2: Place the bok choy in a container and fill it up until the bok choy is floating. 

Step 3: Place the bok choy near a sunny window.

Step 4: Change water every two to three days to maintain freshness.

4. Celery

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If you like munching on celery sticks, then you’re in luck. Instead of going out to get more celery in the supermarket, learn how to regrow used celery instead. 

Step 1: Cut 2 inches above the root of the celery. 

Step 2: Place the root in a shallow bowl filled with water. Fill enough water to submerge an inch of the root. 

Step 3: Change water every day and keep an eye for any growth. 

5. Cabbage

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Done peeling your cabbages? Don’t throw them into the bin just yet! Follow these steps to regrow them. 

Step 1: Place the root of the cabbage in a shallow bowl.

Step 2: Fill the bowl with water until the root floats. 

Step 3: Lastly, place them in a sunny area and watch it grow.

6. Basil

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Imagine a world without basil. What an insipid world it would be. After all, what’s pesto without some basil? Probably just nutty. Here’s an easy way to regrow them at home: 

Step 1: Put the leftover stems in a glass.

Step 2: Fill up the glass until the bottom part of the stems are covered. 

Step 3: Place the glass in a sunny area in your home and change the water every two to three days. 

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