It’s hard to keep kids’ attention for long projects, or even movies – but you can bet that if you have a plant that promises to change and grow over time they will be excited to hop up every morning and go check it out. The best part about these cool tricks we found on the Daily Hiit is that you can re-grow plants in the kitchen from leftovers! That’s right, no more throwing away the base of the celery, or carrot tops, instead reuse them by simply placing in water or soil with your children and they will provide you with seemingly endless free food, what a novel idea!
Instead of tossing that hard to eat bottom part of the celery away, next time keep it, and place it in a small bowl or saucer of warmish water in the sun. Once the leaves begin to sprout from the center just transfer to soil and – voila! – new celery, and also the beginning of a pretty cool vegetable garden. You can do the exact same thing with the bottom of bok choy, garlic, romaine lettuce, as well as scallions. When the roots of the scallions begin to re-grow, just transfer into your new garden.
I’ll bet you never thought to use carrot either, but you could grow your own for salads just by keeping the tops of your carrots (greens still attached, but cut short) and placing them carrot side down in a dish of water. Leave the dish on a windowsill or in a well-lit room and the carrot tops will grow back for reuse.
Have fun keeping the kids entertained with your very own miniature vegetable garden, while teaching them about the importance of sustainability and not wasting, with the added benefit of food for your family! Even if you have a black thumb, these are super simple and hardy veggies that grow in just a little bit of water. Try this out and let us know what you were able to grow in the comments!