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Growing your own food doesn’t have to mean a large-scale gardening project. Here are 3 edible plants you can grow easily from simple cuttings.

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Not everyone is amazing at gardening, and sometimes no matter how hard you try to get that indoor kitchen garden or those outdoor flowers to grow, you can’t seem to get the hang of it. Thankfully, growing plants from cuttings instead of seeds is possible (and easier!), and you can do it right in your kitchen.

Romaine lettuce

When you buy a head of romaine lettuce in the store, the leaves are attached to that stumpy part at the bottom, where the stems become white and you can still see a bit of root. That’s perfect for growing new romaine lettuce from a cutting of the old romaine lettuce.

You can use most of the lettuce first, but just make sure the lower stems and the roots all stay attached together. Once you have your lettuce stump, place it in a glass container in half an inch of water, and put it in sunlight somewhere in your kitchen. Near a window is best, as long as the window stays shut and the temperature there doesn’t warm up too much during the afternoon sun.

After a few weeks, new lettuce leaves will have sprouted from the original cutting, and they’ll be large enough to eat!

Green onions

When you buy green onions at the store, you probably chop them down to the white bulbous root part, use the tasty green bits and toss that last inch or two of white root away. Next time you’re using green onions, keep the root, because you can grow yourself more onions with it.

cut green onions

Like with the romaine, you want to place the green onion roots in a jar with water in the bottom. A mason jar or even a water glass will work fine, but make sure it’s tall and narrow enough that the onion bits don’t fall over. Leave them on your windowsill and make sure you replenish the water in the bottom. After a week, you’ll probably have enough onion growth to use again.

Rosemary

Crafting indoor herb and microgreen gardens is a wonderful way to grow your own seasonings and to brighten up your kitchen with some pops of plant life. Grow your own rosemary from a stem cutting. You don’t actually need a piece of root for rosemary to start growing.

What you’ll do is get a long stem of rosemary from an existing plant. Make sure the cut is clean when you remove it. When you get home, clean the leaves carefully off the bottom part of the rosemary cutting. Cut it in the pliable but sturdy part of the stem, usually in the middle of the stem you’ve got. Place the cutting in a jar of water, and put a plastic bag over the cutting until it grows its own roots. Then you can remove the plastic bag and enjoy your new rosemary plant.

New gardening prowess

Cuttings already have structure; you’re regrowing rather than growing for the first time, which will make it a lot easier on those who don’t exactly have green thumbs. Try a few of these and enjoy your new gardening prowess!

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Resources:

http://removeandreplace.com/2013/05/07/how-to-easily-re-grow-romaine-lettuce-from-a-stump-indoors/

http://www.thekitchn.com/re-growing-green-onions-grow-your-scallions-back-on-your-windowsill-165274

http://www.builddirect.com/blog/indoor-gardening-vegetables-you-can-grow-indoors/

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

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