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Salvage the ends of bok choy and watch them regrow in water.

Growing vegetables from scraps is a quick and simple way for children to observe how vegetables grow, and to get them thinking about food waste. Even when these experiments don’t work, they’re fun to do – and because you’re using scraps that would otherwise be composted you really have nothing to lose!

Equipment

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What to do

  • 1. Fill a bowl or container with enough water to cover the base of the bok choy.

  • 2. Place the base of the bok choy in the water, with the cut end facing up.

  • 3. Leave it somewhere protected, replacing the water every 2–3 days to keep it fresh.

  • 4. You should begin to see shoots growing in the centre of the base within a few days! If the bok choy starts rotting it’s time to put it in the compost and try again (don’t give up if you don’t succeed on the first try).

  • 5. Once the shoots appear, you can transfer the bok choy to the garden. Dig a shallow hole in the soil, place the bok choy in the hole and gently cover with soil. Leave the new shoots exposed so they can grow.

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