Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gardening Magic

Yesterday I promised to share an amazing gardening secret. Are you ready?

You can regrow celery!

Yup, it's true. Normally you buy celery and chop off that ugly mess at the bottom and throw it away, right? Stop it right now!

Chop off that ugly mess and set it in a bowl of water. In a few days you'll see some leafy re-growth. Then it's time to plant it in the ground. Soon you will see new celery growing. What's that you say? You need proof? Oh, all right.

Those gardeners who know way more than I do (that would be all of them) say that it's a good idea to cut a 2 liter pop bottle in half, cut off the top and/or bottom, and use the plastic as a shield around the celery as it grows to keep snacking critters from spoiling your efforts. 

So what do you think? Will you ever throw away the bottom of the celery again?


  1. A fun project for kids. Your unc has grown a pineapple plant from the bottom piece of a pineapple. It took a while to develop and the fruit was small, but tasty. Maybe your clime isn't warm enough for pineapple.

  2. Auntie M.: Funny you should mention that. I have the tops of two pineapples sitting in planters right outside my door. I've watched videos showing how easy it is to do. They've been out there for two weeks and so far there is no re-growth. But you say he used the bottom? Maybe I will try that the next time I buy a pineapple.

  3. I'm sorry, I should have said the top.

  4. Ha ha! Ok, I won't use the bottom next time. :)

  5. Cool tip. I did not know that either. I recently learned that it's also good to eat celery when you have sour stomach, which I get a lot. It's true, it really works. An added benefit is I get a little extra fiber.

  6. Jill @ Controlling: Ooh, I'll have to try that celery for sour stomach tip. Plus celery has negative calories! :)

  7. I will continue to throw out ALL of the celery. ;) Can't stand the stuff. But that's pretty cool. You can also do something similar with green onions/scallions. Just bundle the bulb ends up and put them in a bowl of water on your windowsill. Trim the tops as needed and they'll continue to grow.

  8. Jill: Had to laugh at your aversion to celery! Is it because it tastes like grass? :) That's good to know about the onions. I'm so amazed that we can re-grow these things and wonder why it was a secret to me for so much of my life. Some day maybe I will look back and laugh at my gardening ignorance.


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