Vegetables You Can Grow Indoors During Lockdown With Kids

  • Toddlers

So you're spending a lot of time indoors with the kids and going to the grocery store comes with risks - now is the time to start growing your own veggies! But wait, I live in an apartment or I don't have a garden, you say? No worries! So long as you have sunlight and water, you can regrow some of your favourite vegetables.

Thanks to Food52, we have learned that there are five vegetables that only need one week of water and sunshine to regrow into a tasty size.

Apart from having to change the water when it gets cloudy, this activity requires barely any effort and can be done with the kids. Just chop, regrow, repeat.

So, let's get growing:

1. Cos Lettuce

Reserve about 3 inches of the spine of the lettuce. Place, bottom down, in a mug or bowl that will allow the lettuce to lean without falling over, will hold enough water to cover the bottom half of the lettuce and will allow sunlight to reach the lettuce. Fill with water until the bottom half of the lettuce is submerged. Put the container in a sunny window. You should see growth by the next day, and you may even have enough to cook within one week. 

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2. Spring Onions

Chop off the green part of the spring onion, using it however you'd like, but leave about an inch of the white bottom intact. Put the stubs in a narrow drinking glass or shot glass so the onions can lean without falling over. Make sure the container you choose is clear, allowing sunlight to hit the roots. Fill the glass with a bit of water, and place the container in a sunny spot. You should see some exciting growth after a couple of days.

3. Fennel

Fennel has such a strong taste that you don’t need more than a few snips from the bulb to add to salads, dressings, and stocks. Therefore, keeping a bulb on-hand in your kitchen windowsill works perfectly. Place the bulb in a mug or bowl that can hold enough water to cover the bottom half of the bulb while still allowing light to hit it. Fill with an inch or so of water. After one week in a sunny spot, green shoots will sprout from the top.

Vegetables You Can Grow Indoors During Lockdown With Kids
You don't need a massive garden to grow veggies at home. 

4. Carrot Greens

Did you know the green tops on your carrots are edible, delicious and loaded with nutrients!? You can reserve the tops of carrots and regrow greens from them to add to salads or to make your own pesto. Just chop off the tops of the carrots, leaving about a half-inch to an inch of the top. Place in a shallow container, add water and put in a sunny spot. After a week, you should see some strong carrot greens. 

5. Celery

Don't toss out those celery scraps—you can use them to regrow your own stalks in water, and then ultimately plant them in soil. Cut about 11/2 inches to 2 inches above the root base of the celery, and place the root in a shallow bowl filled with water and put it in sunlight. After about a week, you should see little leaves beginning to sprout from the middle.

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