Starting Veggies In Water

We’re in the dead of summer (mid-July) here in Southern Arizona and lots of signs of starts and events to show it. Take for example, the cantaloupe vine with its first blossom making its presence (earlier photo).

DSCF1091Or how about a nice red flower to perk up your day.

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But that’s not what I wanta chat about today. I heard that you could do something with a normal household food, something that’s available year round.



You’re right, but for those folks that did try to identify it, it’s the butt end of a celery heart that is cut and is soaking in water. This is a picture of the new growth after about three weeks. The first week it showed no growth at all, but it didn’t turn brown so I just kept it wet and waited. The second week started to show some very tiny growth coming right out of the center. The fourth week is what you see above.

Start by cutting off the root end as shown below, (leaving about a half inch or so, and using the butt end), you have to do nothing but put it in water. I covered with cool tap water up to where I had cut, but left the top open to get air. We then put the dish in window to catch the afternoon sun. The upper part we cleaned with clear cold tap water and anticipated putting a lot of teeth marks in them.

It’s now outside in a pot, but not looking too good today – we shall see. I thought about calling a celery doctor, but decided against that – besides, I think one would be kinda hard to find but if I did fine one, I rather imagine it would be a little expensive. Oh well —– anyway —-

With all the other possibilities, I wanted to see what else would happen with a different veggie. The choice is big, but the most obvious was what was in the veggie bin in the refrigerator. The only choice I had was something that might work – a carrot end. I also had some other stuff, but the carrot was my next attempt. I know it will not be planted in the garden except maybe to see what kind of green vegetation it creates. (Wonder what the butt end of a large dry onion would do).


Well, back to the mundane. This is just over 2 weeks since I cut it and put it in water. There are lots of white roots showing up with the green on top, so maybe not too long it will join the celery and give one another company.

Try one or two things on your own, just to see what happens. You might get a surprise. Just keep a record of what you do with the camera and notes to remind youself later. After all, that what this blog is about – making a series of pictures to tell a story, and adding the word picture to complete the mental image for your reader. Most folks remember what they see over what they read. (I think that’s right).

(Note: the one planted outside – is now an “isn’t”. It did’nt grow — Oh well — )


About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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