I was recently contacted by someone who writes articles for a local Halifax newspaper. She was hoping to interview me about growing vegetables from vegetables - meaning she wanted to hear about my experiences giving vegetable scraps the chance to regrow with the intention of harvesting them time and time again. For example, when one places the root end of a leek in a glass that is filled with a few centimetres of water, it will begin to re-grow and can be eaten for multiple meals (I always follow the rule of honourable harvest, and always ask the vegetable for permission before I take it).
When I was first asked to participate in this interview, I must admit that I felt quite under-qualified to be offering any advice on the subject - after all, I have only been gardening for a few years, and I was sure that my interviewer could find someone with much more experience than I had - but then I realized that my inexperience can inspire others to grow their own food as well... because the truth is, growing vegetables from vegetables is really quite easy (and it's so much fun too)!
Most commonly, I regrow green onions (or rather, I place their roots in a glass of water and cheer for them from the sidelines). That being said, there are so many vegetables and herbs that can be regrown from their own parts such as dill, cilantro, basil, ginger, celery, fennel, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, turnip leaves, beet leaves, parsnips, radishes, leeks, lettuce, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbages, and the list goes on and on. It is also possible to plant seeds from quick-growing fruits and vegetables that thrive indoors or in one's climate. In Nova Scotia, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers, butternut squash, and zucchini all do well outdoors during the summer (and of course, there are many other plants that grow perfectly well here too). It is also entirely possible to plant grapes, blueberries, and other bushes from seeds, however they take longer to grow. Similarly, it's entirely possible to plant seeds that turn into fruit trees (such as apple seeds); however, they will take much longer to grow (although it might be worth the wait because they are just so lovely) (Will, 2018; Waddington 2019).
Naturally, there are so many benefits of growing one's own food - it helps increase one's connection to nature (which has all kinds of benefits), it limits the need to drive to the grocery store, and eating locally, in general, helps support Mother Earth while putting money into the hands of local producers - and it's fun!