Regrow Your Own veggies

 

Great money saving idea to regrow food in water. Perfect if you don’t have room for a garden & are trying to save a few Pounds! :: .

Then my friend  showed me how to regrow food in water – she had a couple heads of lettuce in a bowl in her kitchen. But as it turns out, it’s just one of several veggies that can grow without dirt, and without much effort too.

It’s great news for those buying organic vegetables, but even if you aren’t, it’s a simple way to stretch those grocery dollars just a teeny bit further is to regrow food in water!

WHY SHOULD YOU REGROW FOOD IN WATER?

There are plenty of reasons to regrow food, but the most important ones to me are:

(1) IT’S ABSOLUTELY FREE.

You already bought the vegetable. All it costs is a few tablespoons of water – but if you’re smart about it, you can re-use water you’ve already used elsewhere, like from boiling pasta or water that you collected while waiting for the shower to get hot. Then it wouldn’t cost you a penny!

(2) IT’LL TRIM YOUR GROCERY BUDGET.

Little ways to save money really do add up to bigger savings, as long as you’re diligent about using them.

Now, you won’t get a huge harvest out of any of these items, but it is still food and every little bit helps. Even if it’s a few leaves of lettuce to scoop your tuna salad with, you can regrow food you didn’t have before and won’t have to buy.

(3) IT MAKES ORGANICS MORE AFFORDABLE.

Affording organic food just got easier! If you start with organic food, you’ll regrow food that’s organic… so you’ll reap the benefits of organic greens without actually paying for them!

(4) IT’S EASY.

Do I have to explain further? I mean, stick the plant in water and watch it grow. Really – it’s that easy!

Save money and regrow food in water – no dirt required! From lettuce to celery to onions, it’s one of the easiest ways to save money. ::

I’ve listed below all the vegetables that can legitimately grow in water and water alone.

Sure, there are plenty more that can START in water and then be transplanted to soil. And yes, beans will sprout in water too – but unless the vegetable will grow into more vegetable that can be eaten as-is with only a cup of water, I kept it off this list.

GENERAL GUIDELINES TO REGROW FOOD IN WATER

You don’t need a lot of water – just enough to cover the roots. About 1/2″ of water seems to be sufficient otherwise the food can get moldy and slimy.
Be sure to check the water every 2-3 days to ensure that A) there’s enough water, and B) no rogue lettuce pieces fall off and slime up your bowl.
The size of container should be relative to the size of the food you’re growing. Lettuce and celery grows best in shallow bowls like these. Green onion and lemongrass can be in taller, skinny glasses like these.
You can regrow multiples of the same plant as long as you’re not overcrowding the area.
I haven’t tried this myself, but using a fertiliser could help with the yield when you regrow food – especially if this is more than a fun side project. I would recommend this Dr. Earth organic liquid fertiliser or a hydroponic fertiliser.
10 WAYS TO REGROW FOOD IN WATER

BOK CHOY

Cut off the bottom of the stalk and place in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the centre in 1-2 days with significant growth in less than a week!

CABBAGE

Place the root end in a shallow bowl of water and watch it regrow from the centre. Be sure to harvest on the smaller side to get the best flavour.

CARROT GREENS

You can’t regrow an actual carrot, but you can regrow the carrot tops! Place the cut-off end of a carrot in a shallow bowl of water. Harvest the greens as they grow and add to salads. Better yet, make this amazing carrot top pesto and stop spending money on store-bought!

Did you know you can regrow food without using dirt? Stretch grocery pounds and save money by regrowing foods in just water! ::

CELERY

Cut off the bottom 2″ of the stalk and place in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the centre in 3-4 days. It might take awhile for a full stalk of celery to grow, but you’ll get great growth in the centre for flavouring dishes. If you don’t know what to do with the leaves, dehydrate them and make your own dried celery powder.

FENNEL

Cut off the bottom 1″ of the base so that the roots are intact and place in a small bowl of water.

GARLIC CHIVES

Garlic chives are the green that grows from a clove of garlic and can be added to dishes that traditionally call for green onion chives like salads and baked potatoes. Place a garlic clove in a small cup and add water to the bottom without submerging. Roots will grow in a few days and shoots will grow shortly after!

Tip: Garlic starts to lose it pungent flavor when the shoots grow, so if you find a rogue clove in your fridge or pantry starting to shoot, place it in a cup of water to grow chives instead of throwing the clove away!

GREEN ONION

Keep the white part of the onion with any roots that are in still intact. Place in a glass with water and you’ll have a never-ending supply of fresh green onion!

Amazing budget tip to regrow food in water! Save money on organic foods by regrowing more from scraps! ::

LEEKS

Cut off the bottom 2-3″ of the stalk and place in a cup of water. New growth will come from the centre of the plant. Usually only the green part of the leek is used in cooking, but it can be used interchangeably with onions for a delicious, mellow flavor.

LEMONGRASS

Cut off 2-3″ from the bottom and place in a tall container with 1/2″ or so of water. New lemongrass shoots will grow from the centre.

LETTUCE

Cut off the bottom of the head of lettuce and place it in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the centre of the in as little as 3 days and you’ll have a new half-head of lettuce in about 2 weeks. I’ve heard romaine re-grows best, but I’ve had success with green leaf and red leaf lettuce too.

Learn how to regrow food like lettuce, celery, onions and cabbage in water without using dirt. Small money saving tips like these add up to big savings! ::

GOT MORE SCRAPS TO REGROW FOOD?

There are plenty more vegetables that will regrow using just a small scrap of the original food. These listed below can be started in water, but should be transplanted to dirt for full growth and harvest.

avocado
basil
beets
cilantro
ginger
lemon balm
mint
mushrooms
onions (white/yellow/red)
parsnips
pineapple
potatoes
rosemary
sweet potatoes
turnips
And of course, you can save the seeds/pits from apples, cherries, lemons, nectarines, peaches, peppers (sweet and hot), plums, pumpkins and tomatoes to grow your own new vegetables!

We have several heads of lettuce regrowing on our kitchen table, which makes for a pretty and practical centrepiece! If you had a shelf near a window, you could keep all your plants there and just harvest when they’re big!

Just think – if we did all of the above ways to regrow food, we might not ever have to shop at the grocery store again!

Food Waste in Earth Week

Whatever food you love, we can help you waste less, save the environment and up to £50 a month

In the UK we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year. Much of the food we waste ends up in landfill where it rots and releases methane, a damaging greenhouse gas. If we stopped throwing away food that could be eaten it would save as much carbon as taking 1 in 5 cars of UK roads.
Over a month the average family throws away up to £50 of food. The good news is we can all do something about it.

Here are some quick and easy ways to make the most of your food
It pays to plan
Planning your meals is one of the best ways to cut food waste. Before you go shopping check what’s in your fridge, cupboard and freezer. Write a list before you go out and stick to it – it can save time and money.
Know your Dates
The ‘use by’ date is key in terms of food safety. Never eat food after this date. ‘Best before’ dates refer to quality rather than food safety. One exception is eggs – never eat eggs after the ‘best before’ date.
Getting to know your freezer
You don’t have to freeze food on the day you buy it – you can freeze it before the ’use by’ date then defrost and use within 24 hours.
Savvy storage
Always follow storage guidance on food packs to enjoy your food at its best
Perfect portions
Make sure you use the right portions. An averaged sized mug is great for measuring uncooked rice – one adult portion is about a quarter of a mug. Don’t worry if you cook too much food, you can freeze leftovers or eat them for lunch the next day.

                                   Make the most of the food you buy
Fruit and Veg
Store fruit (except bananas and pineapples) and vegetables (except potatoes and onions) in the fridge to keep fresher for longer.
Stuck for ideas? Even tired veg is great in a stir fry, soup, smoothie, sauce or casserole. Over ripe fruit in a smoothie.
Bread
Don’t put your bread in the fridge as it’ll go stale more quickly. Keep it in a cool, dark place instead.
Bread keeps well in the freezer. To toast it simply pop a frozen slice directly into the toaster for a little longer than usual.
Dairy
Cheese Freezes well if you grate it first. Then it can be used straight from frozen for omelettes and toppings on meals like shepherd’s pie.
You can also freeze yoghurt. When it’s defrosted it’s perfect in smoothies.
Homemade meals, ready meals, meat and fish
These are suitable for home freezing.
If your plans change and you can’t eat them fresh, simply pop them in the freezer before the ‘use by’ date. Once defrosted, use within 24 hours.

Earth Day

Earth Day, which was established in 1970 in the US, is celebrated on 22nd April each year. It is a day to think about our planet and what we can do to keep it special; to think about saving water and energy, reducing pollution, recycling, protecting our animals, trees and plants, and generally getting kids interested in protecting their environment.

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.
Kenyan proverb

Start thinking more about your carbon footprint

In an always-connected world, it’s impossible to live without consuming energy. But by just being more aware of your individual impact, you can make small changes to reduce your carbon footprint – by turning off lights when you leave a room, keeping your home insulated, and unplugging uneccessary appliances. There’s even apps that can help you out – Johnnie Walker (yes, the whisky company) have made the Earth Mode Chrome extension, which tracks your internet use and shows you how much energy you’ve consumed. And if you feel guilty, they’ll plant trees to offset the impact.

Reuse your plastic bottles

Plastic bottles are the new plastic bags. They’re everywhere, very rarely recycled, and they don’t biodegrade. Buying a reuseable bottle and filling it from the tap will not only save you money, it’ll help save the environment.

Earth Day activities for kids

Here are some quick ideas for celebrating Earth Day with your children:

Plant a tree
Go for a bike ride or a long walk (leave the car behind)
Hold a nature “scavenger hunt” (send the kids out into the garden or park in teams to collect – or spot – various items on a list you provide)
Print out some of our posters and place in strategic positions around the house. Talk about saving water when brushing teeth and saving energy by turning off the lights when you leave a room
Bake your favourite cookie or biscuit recipe and let the kids decorate with icing to look like the planet earth
Gather family and friends together and combine a picnic or other excursion with a litter clean-up
Set up a recycling centre in your home or school
Look through your shelves and find some books to give away via your local charity shop or library

UK broadband subscribers slapped with ‘loyalty penalty’ price hikes of up to 67%

UK broadband subscribers slapped with ‘loyalty penalty’ price hikes of up to 67%

 

Citizens Advice has claimed that many of the UK’s biggest ISPs impose ‘loyalty penalties’ on long-term broadband customers.
According to the charity, the increases come into effect when introductory offers end, with prices rising by 43% on average a year, or £113 every 12 months.
Which might not be a massive shock to the tech-savvy – introductory deals are, after all, just that – but the report notes that over a third of customers were unaware the price hikes were being implemented, with the research adding that older and poorer households were most likely to get stung.
In all, Citizens Advice found that four of the UK’s five biggest broadband players were guilty of ‘loyalty penalties’ – only Virgin Media gets off scot-free.
Here’s a breakdown of the ‘loyalty penalties’, according to Citizens Advice’s findings:
• BT: 12 month contract – £198 (67%)
• Sky: 12 month contract – £120 (53%)
• EE: 18 month contract – £90 (36%)
• TalkTalk: 24 months – £66 (28%)
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, commented:
“Loyal broadband customers are being stung by big price rises once their fixed deal ends.
“The government has rightly put energy firms on warning for how they treat loyal customers – the actions of broadband firms warrant similar scrutiny.”
These ‘loyalty penalties’ claimed by Citizens Advice would be in addition to the annual increases imposed by most broadband providers – in the last 12 months, Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk and EE have all increased their prices.