Living a self-sufficient, independent lifestyle takes many skills and can make you hungry! Growing our own food is a skill that more and more people are acquiring today. Food is one of our most basic needs and one that serves us to be very educated about. Conventional “food” is full of toxins, GMOs and has little nutrients as well as a plethora of negative health issues in addition to screwing up our DNA. When we grow our own foods (and medicine), we know what goes into it. We have control over our state of being and don’t give our support to big food and big pharma. We also lower the need for shipping costs, using less precious resources. Growing your own food is great for your health, budget and the planet as a whole. It’s the way we’re all supposed to be living, it’s the natural way.
Not all of us have the means or the space to grow a big garden and that’s OK. It doesn’t mean you can’t take control of your food in other ways. Many culinary and medicinal plants grow well in pots, others grow from your kitchen scraps. That’s right!! Kitchen scraps. Not all food plants require you to plant a seed or propagate from another plant. Some will continue to grow after being brought home from the grocery store.
Before we move on to the HOW, let me make a quick disclaimer here. It’s best to buy organic. Much or our produce from other countries is exposed to radiation which kills the ability to regrow. This is called irradiation. The FDA treats the food irradiation as a food additive since it changes the molecular structure of the food. Basically, it’s no longer food. You want to make sure your produce is organic. It makes no sense to eat food and medicine sprayed with toxins that cause dis ease and death or has been exposed to radiation. Many conventional foods won’t regrow, same for their seeds. GMOs are downright evil. They won’t grow without a ton of dangerous chemicals. No human or sentient being should eat GMOs…ever. There’s nothing natural about them.
One of my favorite plants to regrow from the grocery store is also one of the easiest. Celery is very generous. When I buy organic celery, I chop the bottom off, about 3 inches or so up. I put it in rain water (any clean, fluoride-free water will do. I’ve also used spring water) I change the water every day. It can get smelly and slimy if it sits too long. In a few days, what will be a future celery stalk will grow in the center. A week or 2 after that, you’ll see roots. I like to let a few strong roots form then I plant it in rich potting soil. Celery is a pretty plant as it’s growing it’s stalks.
Green onions are another one that’s easy to regrow. You simply cut off the bottoms, 2 to 3 inches above the root. Gently plant them in fertile soil. They re reproduce over and over again before they stop producing. I’ve planted them in my garden near plants I want certain pests to stay away from and so far I’ve harvested them all year and have to pull them up at the end of the growing season. Their a great herb to keep on the kitchen window.
Some lettuces will regrow. You’ll need to get them with the bottom still intact. You cut it off as you would celery, put it in clean water and change it every day until roots grow. This can also be done with bok choy and cabbage as well. Many plants will start to grow while in the water. I’ve personally never let a plant stay there so I have no personal experience how much any plant will continue to regrow in water alone.
Root vegetables are fun to regrow and, for a potato lover like me, super delicious. Potatoes can be replanted when the “eyes” start to grow. I cut the potato in pieces and plant it in the ground or container. Carrots won’t grow from planting a carrot however, cutting off the top and planting it in fertile soils will produce some very nutritious and delicious greens that taste great in salads, on sandwiches and in soups. These can be harvested multiple times.
We’re put on the planet with an abundance of all we need. We don’t have a food shortage, it’s not scientifically possible. What will look like a food shortage will be a shortage of knowledge, skills and freedom. Many foods regrow easily and others are simply easy to grow. I strongly feel, with the current events and the threat of a staged food shortage, we all need to sharpen our skills. What helped me begin my journey of regrowing food was the book “No-Waste Kitchen Gardening” by Katie Elzer-Peters. It’s an easy to read and understand book with plenty of pictures to help you understand and assimilate the information. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with the desire to develop skills and stay independent.
I’d love to hear how you regrow food. What other skills do you believe we all need to feed our families when the grid goes down? Share below!