All you need is a glass of water and a sunny spot.
green onions
Credit: Jaime Milan

Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic definitely has its downsides, but one thing I’ve really enjoyed is more time to garden. Even though I’m lucky to have a big backyard, I mostly stick to growing flowers and herbs in large containers. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at growing vegetables, but honestly I’m a little intimidated. So I decided to start small with something I saw on Pinterest: re-growing green onions from scraps. Turns out, green onions are just one of the many fruits and vegetables you can grow from scraps

I picked up a bunch of spring onions at my drive-thru farmers’ market a few weeks ago and used the green parts in a stir-fry. Instead of chopping up the bulbs for a recipe, I decided to try to regrow the green parts. I filled a juice-sized glass about halfway with water and placed my bulbs in it next to a sunny window.

Sure enough, after a few days, my green onions were fully grown and ready to use again! I love this little hack because it’s a great way to limit food waste and trips to the grocery store.

This can work with any type of spring onion, green onion or scallion—and I’d highly recommend it, since it’s fun to watch them grow! It’s been the easiest “gardening” project I’ve ever tried, since you don’t need any soil, pots or fancy equipment.

All you need to do is change the water daily and trim your onions whenever you’re ready to use ‘em. They’re truly the gift that keeps on giving—I’ve been growing mine for about three weeks, and they taste just as fresh as the day I got them.