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Planning a potted garden for your balcony or deck? Well consider this: there are some vegetables and herbs that will continue to grow as long as you don’t cut them completely. Lettuce, spinach, chard, kale… these grow nicely in pots and keep on giving for a long time. And here is a list of easy veggies that I re-grow because we apartment dwellers tend to forget that running off to the grocery store isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

Celery

This is a staple for quite a lot of dishes and I think it’s much cheaper to grow celery using scraps than buy more every time. Next time you buy a whole bunch of celery, cut off the bottom and place the base in a shallow dish. Add some water to the dish so that the part of the bottom is immersed. Leave the dish in sunlight until you begin to see the leaves getting thicker. Once this happens, move your growing celery stalk to some potting soil and water it regularly.

Potatoes

If you grow potatoes, then of course you know that you’ll always have seed to grow more. Cut off the section of the potato that has eyes on it. Choose a good section that has more than one eye and plant it four inches deep into the soil once you’ve left it out for a night to dry. Water it little by little until you see the plant start to form.

Ginger

I use ginger a lot, especially during the winter months when colds and coughs are common. That’s why I prefer to grow a steady supply of it by planting a piece of the root into potting soil. You can observe new shoots sprouting a week after planting and this is usually when the root has formed. You can pull it out and save a piece to regrow your ginger.

Lettuce

Romaine lettuce tastes delicious and it’s one of the things I add to my salads on a daily basis. Just like with celery, I take the base and place it in a dish of water. Leave it under the sun and transplant it to a pot when the leaves begin to grow and you can see new roots appearing. You can repeat the process with cabbage and bok choy.

Garlic and Onions

Well, you can’t exactly regrow garlic and onions with scraps, but you can grow sprouts and spring onion. Simply take a garlic clove that’s beginning to sprout (green tip) and place it in a dish with water. The sprouts that it grows have a fairly mild taste compared to the root, which is much stronger, so you can use it in salads. It’s fairly simple to grow spring onion from a regular onion; just plant a few of them in a pot and you’ll begin to see new sprouts shoot up. Simply cut how much you need and leave some at the bottom so it grows back.

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