From Extras to a Garden

Chhiv Eng

Plants are the new home decor trend! They add give the room a relaxing atmosphere, keep you company while you work or relax and nothing compares to the feeling of seeing your plant friend sprout a new leaf. Here are a few plants you can grow from your kitchen extras to add some greenery to your space and channel your green-thumb energy.

Herbs

Basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, thyme, rosemary and oregano are some of the most commonly used herbs in the kitchen and growing them is so easy. Pick your herb stem until only the top punch of leaves are left and  put them in a cup with 5 inches of water. Place your cup in a sunny area. In a week or two, you will start to see new leaves and that is your sign to move your herbs into a container with dirt. Water your herb whenever the top layer of dirty is dry. Pick a few leaves from your herbs for seasoning and garnish. Guaranteed freshness!

Lettuce 

Lettuce can be used in so much more than just salad. They are good in wraps, soups, noodle dishes and stir fry. The crunchy texture adds a delightful touch to any dish. To grow your own lettuce, take 4 inches of the base and place it in a short glass with water that covers half of your lettuce base. Make sure the lettuce is upright so it doesn't rot. Keep your lettuce in a bright area with little heat to promote growth. Change the water every 2 days to keep it fresh. In about 2 weeks, your lettuce will grow several more inches and leaves, that is your question to move it into some dirt, set near a window but not directly in the some and water it regularly.

Garlic/Scallions

Garlic. Need I say more? A young garlic is called a scallion and can be used in soups to create a deep flavor while the top green part makes a beautiful garnish that makes every bite a flavorful chew. When garlic is matured, it turns a simple stir fry into a dish that Gordon Ramsay would approved of. As a heads up, garlic needs 9 months before it is ready to harvest but the top can be snipped for cooking as it grows. Whether you start with a garlic clove or 5 inches of the base of a scallion, soak your little plant in water and set it near the sun. In a week or two, it will begin to spout roots and grow taller. Transfer your plant into a container with soil, dig a hole 2.5 inches deep and tuck your plant in. Water it as the top soil gets dry.

 



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