Keeping our health at its best in the middle of a pandemic is vital to surviving the unpredictability of the situation at hand. An easy way to do so would be to incorporate vegetables in our daily meals. That said, produce doesn't come cheap and may be one of the most expensive things in our grocery lists.
A second solution then to save money, especially during a lockdown, while keeping greens in the kitchen, would be to regrow veggies from the used scraps that are usually thrown away. The process varies depending on the type of produce you're growing, but no matter the vegetable, it's surprisingly simple and easy to do, albeit some may understandably take months to fully form. Plus, it's not a bad start to fostering a zero waste kitchen either.
For a quick visual tutorial on how to regrow certain vegetables, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAANRRD), recently released a quick guide on their Facebook page. From kitchen scraps, to the dinner table, here's how you can regrow cabbage, onions, potatoes, and more!
To start off, make sure you have the right materials on hand. As per PCAANRRD's post, you'll only need five: a bowl, a glass big enough to contain your scraps, a plant box, soil, and a pot or any recycled cup or bottle.
Got all that? Good! Read up on PCAARRD's instructions below and start gardening!
1. Cabbage and pechay
Growing time: 2 to 3 months
2. Scallion, leeks, and green onion
Growing time: 1 to 2 weeks
Growing time: 3 to 4 months
Growing time: 9 months
Growing time: 4 months
Growing time: 3 months