Introduction: Hydroponic Veggies

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I read online somewhere that you can take the cut-off ends of your green onions and lettuce heads, stick them in water, and re-grow your produce. This is cool because the energy barrier between what you already do (buy these things) and growing them was basically nothing. You literally take the used-up ends you were going to throw in the compost, and you put them in a bowl of water.

Mine have been going for about a week now. Look how great this is!

Note on the lettuce: you can see that only one of them is growing. I guess you have to leave a couple of baby leaves on for this to work.


bertinithree (author)2013-10-09

yeah but what nutrients are the plants getting lol? I mean you could always replant if thats what you had in mind

I was doing this mostly as an experiment, to see if it would work. However, if you want to grow them this way long-term, there are all sorts of nutrient additives you can put in the water– Google it, or ask a local florist!

Youripasted (author)2012-08-29

Wow, thank you very much for this. My mom loved how simple and how cool it looks. Besides, she's an eco-woman so this was even cooler for her. We had some porcelain figurines laying around and we're going to use them for our Hydroponic project. Thanks again.

CenterChannelSpeaker (author)2012-08-28

Gotta Try This

bajablue (author)2012-08-11

FUN project! Check out my Romaine after 16 days:

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)bajablue2012-08-11


bajablue (author)SelkeyMoonbeam2012-08-11

lol... pretty soon I'll have enough for a free salad! ;-D

inquisitive (author)2012-08-07

I started cooking loads more red/yellow/orange/green bell peppers and jalapeno peppers due to a new low potassium diet for my mum and started tossing the pepper seeds into a planter and will see what comes of it, but they sprout up really quickly-soaking a celery root stub now to plant with some of the little garlic cloves from the center of the bulbs to see how that goes

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sunshiine (author)2012-07-28

I shared this with my daughter and she loved it! I thought I would give you some feed back because I know she didn't post a comment! Thanks again for sharing!

Orngrimm (author)2012-07-26

Do they develop a new "fruit" like an onion or do they just produce the green parts of the onion (the "leaves" or whatever it is called)?

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)Orngrimm2012-07-26

I don't know yet, but I suspect this is only good for the onion greens. Could be wrong.

artfulann (author)2012-07-26

This is even better than throwing your veggies in the compost heap and getting new veggies as a result because you can SEE it happening. Gonna' try this. Wonder if the kittens will leave it in the water?

Isaac Eglash (author)2012-07-25

try doing aquaponics

sunshiine (author)2012-07-25

Sharing this with my daughter! Thanks!

bajablue (author)2012-07-25

YAY... I'm not alone!

But do you have sweet taters and rutabaga? :-D

I wonder if Garlic scapes will grow this way.

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)bajablue2012-07-25

Yeah! I want to see how many things I can grow this way. It's so cool and pretty in the windowsill!

bajablue (author)SelkeyMoonbeam2012-07-25

I can hardly wait to try Romaine. I'd have never thought of that!

Browncoat (author)2012-07-25

What a cool thing to know!

SHIFT! (author)2012-07-25

Hydroponics! Great job!

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