If you already have a few plants growing and want to take your gardening up a notch, try growing vegetables at home. These are staple ingredients that are great to have on hand and for most, you’ll never need to buy them from a supermarket again once you start planting them.
From ginger to baby bok choy, here are easy vegetables and herbs to grow at home from scraps that would otherwise end up in the trash:
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Spring onions are one of the easiest ways to start growing vegetables at home. Chop them up for salads, garnishes or even roast them whole for a robust side for chicken or steak. Because of how fast they grow, you’ll probably end up with enough to give away.
What you’ll need: Spring onions with roots, a bowl, a pot, soil and a spot with at least 6 hours of strong sunlight.
Time taken to grow: 5-7 days
Planting new celery re-growth in soil
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When cooking with celery, people tend to just discard the ends, but you can turn the scraps into brand-new stalks which you can use in soups, juices or even just as is.
What you’ll need: Celery with the root end, a bowl, a pot, soil, slow-release fertiliser, and a sunny spot that is shady during mid-day.
Time taken to grow: About 3 months
Plant pointy-side up
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A staple in all households, garlic is versatile and used in many different cuisines. Besides using it in stir-fries, make your own garlic butter and garlic oil to flavour dishes with. All you need to get started is a single clove.
Pro tip: Use fatter cloves as it will result in larger bulbs growing.
What you’ll need: One or a few cloves of garlic, a pot, soil, slow-release fertiliser, and a spot with at least 6 hours of strong sunlight.
Time taken to grow: 6 months
Ginger with buds cut into small pieces for planting
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You’ve probably heard your mum or grandma say that ginger is a “warm” food. What this means is that it can help to revitalise, reduce bloating and fight colds. Make comforting ginger tea or steam fish with ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil for an easy dinner protein.
What you’ll need: A ginger with a few budding eyes, a bowl, a pot, soil, slow-release fertiliser, an area with filtered sunlight.
Time taken to grow: 8-10 months
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Lady’s finger is a subjective veggie – you either hate it or love it. Well, for those who want more of it, you can actually grow your own at home. Also known as okra, this hardy vegetable goes well with strong flavours like curries and sambal since it’s quite bland on its own.
What you’ll need: Lady’s finger seeds, a wide pot at least 25CM deep, soil, slow-release fertiliser, a spot with 5-6 hours of direct sunlight.
Time taken to germinate: 4-5 days
Time taken to grow: 55-65 days
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We’re all super familiar with this dark green leafy vegetable – almost all zi char places have a stir-fried kailan dish on their menu.
What you’ll need: Kailan seeds, a pot, soil, slow-release fertiliser, and a spot with 5-6 hours of strong sunlight.
Time taken to germinate: 10-15 days
Time taken to grow: 60-70 days
Baby bok choy at around 30 days
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Smaller and sweeter than regular bok choy, baby bok choy is an easy vegetable to grow at home.
What you’ll need: baby bok choy seeds, a pot, soil, slow-release fertiliser, a spot with at least 6 hours of sunlight
Time taken to germinate: about 5-7 days
Time taken to harvest: 40-45 days
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A refreshing scent that’s almost zingy, there’s no other substitute for lemongrass. Make lemongrass tea, flavoured syrup for desserts, or flavour tom yam soup with it.
What you’ll need: lemongrass stalks, a jar, a pot, slow-release fertiliser, and a spot with at least 5 hours of sunlight.
Time taken to grow: 4-6 months
Growing vegetables at home to cook brings a whole ‘nother level of satisfaction than buying store-bought. Not only can you save money if growing from scraps, but you also don’t have to worry about pesticides as well.
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