Hydroponic Veggies

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Intro: Hydroponic Veggies

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.

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    bertinithree

    5 years ago

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

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    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!

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    Youripasted

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    inquisitive

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!
    Sunshiine

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    Orngrimm

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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)?

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    artfulann

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice!
    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?

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    bajablue

    6 years ago on Introduction

    YAY... I'm not alone!

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

    I wonder if Garlic scapes will grow this way.

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