How to Grow Celery from Scraps


Waste not Want Not! Did you know you can grow food from the scraps of other foods? Sure can! In this post I'll show you how to grow celery right from those scraps!

 

First things first. I really don’t have a green thumb. Seriously. I’ve never actually gardened in my life until this year. Luckily for me (and you too maybe?) this is crazy, super simple easy to do. So crazy, super simple easy that the kids could even do it as a school project or something. Really. It’s easy. It’s also good for your budget too! There are tons of foods that can be re-grown from their scraps. Celery, onions, pineapple, potatoes, and even sweet potatoes! You could save hundreds per year off of your grocery budget just by re-growing your foods!

Celery grows pretty quickly from what I’ve seen which means that it’s a great one to start with. You’ll literally be able to see results in just a couple of days! Ready to learn how to regrow celery from scraps? Let’s go!

 

Waste not Want Not! Did you know you can grow food from the scraps of other foods? Sure can! In this post I'll show you how to grow celery right from those scraps!

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When your done with the celery (or in my case, when it the stalks have gone bad b/c you haven’t used them), cut off the base of the stalks leaving 3-4 inches. You’ll be left with what is basically a celery puck. Don’t cut off the brown root end. That’s bad. Your celery won’t grow if you do that.

Waste not Want Not! Did you know you can grow food from the scraps of other foods? Sure can! In this post I'll show you how to grow celery right from those scraps!

Fill a mason jar or whatever you happen to have lying around with a bit of water. You don’t need a lot…I got carried away with the water. It’s a problem. I’m actively working on it. Anyhow, drop your celery puck into the water. First you’ll want to drop it cut side down, but you only want to let it soak a few minutes. After you’ve soaked it, flip it root side down (aka that brown end cap thingy that I told you not to cut off).  Put your container in a safe place where it will get plenty of sun and leave it be.

 

root side down (aka that brown end cap thingy that I told you not to cut off). 

 

After a few days (I think this was day 3? Maybe day 4), check your container! You should have the beginnings of a celery stalk! Yay for you! Let it continue to grow for a few more days this way.

root side down (aka that brown end cap thingy that I told you not to cut off). 

 

After a few more days you should have a pretty hardy start to a few stalks, pull your celery puck out of the water and “plant” it into some organic potting soil (I use THIS soil). Keep it watered and watch it grow, grow grow! When it’s ready to eat, pull from your soil and rinse! Ta da! 🙂

 

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Her book, also called Six Dollar Family, has sold more than 7,000 copies since its release.

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  1. I have done this with scallions, but never thought to try it with celery. Thanks for the great tip.

  2. Do you know to cover your celery with a cardboard milk carton like for almond milk when it gets to be a stalk? I know my husband is always asking for our almond milk containers and he cuts the bottom off and covers our celery. When he brings it in and it is more than I know what to do with. I double wrap it in aluminum foil. I had 4 stalks of celery that lasted months after our garden was over. That was a great money saver.

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