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How to re-grow vegetables over and over again

Growing fruit and vegetables from plant cuttings, scraps, or trimmings is a sustainable way to save money and regular trips to the grocery store. It’s a great way to keep your family healthy, and free of harmful chemicals or GMO food tampering.

As a suggestion, be sure to use a healthy non-GMO plant to start. This way you don’t carry forward any questionable traits or health defects in your own garden.

Related: Study shows genetically modified crops can cause liver and kidney damage

Starting from the root

The following garden vegetables, root and herbs have the ability to regenerate and grow an entire new plant from a root scrap or plant trimming; We selected these vegetables in particular because we use them the most frequently, and therefore benefit greater by growing these vegetables again and again opposed to less commonly used vegetables.

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  • Fennel
  • Leek
  • Spring onion
  • Scallion
  • Lemon Grass
  • Celery
  • Romaine lettuce[/column]
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  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger[/column]

Fennel, leek,  spring onion, and scallion

Place the white roots in a container with about 1/2 cm – 1 cm of water and place in a sunny window. If you don’t have a sunny area to grow plants, you can find growing lamps here. Once you begin to see some root growth, transplant into a container with soil and keep in a well lit area.

Lemon grass

Once again, simply place the roots in a container with about 1/2 cm – 1 cm of water and place in a sunny window. Once you begin to see some new growth, transplant your lemon grass into a container with soil and keep it in a well lit area. Once it reaches about a foot tall, it’s ready for harvest. Trim what you need, and allow the plant to continue to grow.

It will take 4 – 8 months to grow initially, and 3 – 4 months for ever proceeding harvest with a life span of about 4 years.

Celery, romaine, bok choy, and cabbage

The process remains the same for these vegetables; However because of the size of the root, you’ll need a bowl of water with your roots trimmed down to an inch or two and the water level covering them by about two-thirds. Keep your plant moist, and in a well lit area.

After 1 – 2 weeks, you’ll notice roots and foliage begin to grow, indicating it’s time to transplant your baby plant into soil in a well lit area. Continue to keep it moist it’s first two weeks, and several weeks later you’ll have a healthy head of foliage ready to be harvested.


If you leave your potatoes in a cupboard like I do, it isn’t long before roots, also known as “eyes” begin to develop. Find yourself a healthy looking specimen with plenty of eyes, and cut it up into 4 – 8 pieces, trying to get at least 2 eyes to each sliced piece. Some say the more eyes on a potato, the larger the crop. After that, allow your potato pieces to dry out for 3 days, so they don’t rot under ground.

When you plant your potato pieces into fertile planting soil, dig a whole around 8 inches deep, and place your piece with its eyes aiming skyward. Only fill the hole back up half way to ensure your plant can breathe. Once you begin to see growth peek out past the soil, go ahead and finish covering in the hole as required. It’s going to take about 4 – 8 months before harvest, provided you have used a quality soil, rich in nutrients.


Cut the root off, leaving some of the onion attached. Please the onion trimming directly into your garden, and cover with soil 1 – 2 cm. Keep it most during the initial 21 day germination period, and 6 – 8 months later they will be ready for harvest.


It only takes one clove to grow a garlic bulb, and just like the onion, garlic requires little hassle to grow your own. Simply place a garlic clove root-down into the soil of your garden, in a well lit area, and keep it moist during germination. Depending on when you planted your garlic, it can take roughly 6 – 9 months until harvest.


Ginger requires less sunlight to grow, and it makes a great house plant. Growing ginger is as simple as putting a piece of it under soil, buds aiming skyward, should there be any. After a few weeks, roots will take hold, and foliage will sprout. If you’ve ever grown aloe, it’s quite similar in the sense that at any time you can cut a piece out and use it, or grow another plant.

If you haven’t grown aloe before, please do! It’s not for eating so much as it is for rubbing on skin abrasions and burns.


Grow your own onions!

Grow your own onions! This photo by Moveable Life

(Title image includes work used under Creative Commons attribution license, by the incredibly talented David Lanham)


Bloody Caesar Vs Bloody Mary: Difference Ingredients

Whether you’re looking to make a Caesar or Mary, both have been referred to as “the world’s most complex cocktail”. The difference between a bloody caesar and a bloody mary is all in the ingredients. Here is what a bloody mary should look like, to see a bloody caesar & the recipe click on the following page:


What a Caesar Looks Like:

Ask any Canadian about their favorite drink! The answer will be proudly Bloody Caesar without any doubts. The best thing about this drink is the taste and its attractive appearance. Undoubtedly if you compare this vs. American Bloody Mary, then this is undeniably the best one. It is the most popular cocktail in Canada and its origins are located in the city of Albertan. The concept behind this cocktail can be dated back to the year of 1969. The cocktail is completely based on tomato and it is a sodium ridden Calgary cocktail with a great taste.

The drink recipe, it’s all about the clamato

You will need is Clamato which is sourced from various cities in America like Washington, Seattle and Montana. You also need Worcestershire, Tabasco and also varieties of spices. All these spices lift up the taste and flavor of the drinks. Some of the essential spices used in this drink are salt, celery salt as well as black pepper. Along with all these the mandatory ingredient which is used is vodka. The inclusion of clam induces an umami flavor to this drink and adds a robust taste. Thus, it helps to add a different depth and taste than that of the American Bloody Mary.

Full caesar drink ingredients

celery salt
1 ounce vodka
1 dash Tabasco® sauce
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
clamato juice
normal salt

Directions on How to Mix and Make The Drink

Take a small bowl or a dish and put 3 table spoonfuls of celery salt to create a small layer. Next grab yourself the glass you are going to serve the cocktail in and dampen the rim of the glass with the lime. dip the rims of the class into the celery salt.

Now that you have prepared the serving glass mix the drink itself. Using a large pitcher mix the vodka, lime juice, clamato juice, pepper, pepper sauce, horseradish and remaining celery salt. Add ice to the serving glass and pour the mix over.

Why This Is The Best?

Without any doubt, this cocktail is the best and the most notable one. It tops the favorite booze list of majority of the Canadians. The popularity of this drink increased very rapidly since the year of its origin. Compared to all other cocktails this is the best one which you can have almost every day and still cannot get enough of it. According to a survey done, it has been seen that this drink is consumed more than 350 million times by the Canadians every year. And this calculation depicts that per person consumes 10 Caesars every year. Thus, the consumption of this drink is quite high.

History Behind This Cocktail

The Bloody Mary recipe was the first to hit the New York bar scene with claims originating back to 1921, onto arguments over who was the first to fabricate such a fine cocktail in the late 1930’s. The Caesar recipe didn’t arrive for another 30 years, making its debut in the late 1960’s.

Bloody Caesar has a very significant and interesting history behind its invention. The man who is the inventor of this drink is Walter Chell. He was a bar manager of a place which is now a popular place for all the drink lovers. It is The Westin Hotel located in the downtown Calgary. He was inspired to make this drink from a classic Italian pasta dish. That’s some interesting! The tomato sauce and clams used in pasta inspired him and he thought of preparing a cocktail based on that. The way it is prepared is quite straightforward and does not have any complicated ingredient list.

Prepare It At Home

You have seen all the ingredients used in this drink. Those are easily available from the market and even preparing or mixing of this drink is not a hard task to do. It is very simple and easy. So, if you have already tried this drink once in any bar you are likely to try it at home again. This drink is simply addictive as it is tasty with a twist. Are you lonely at home and want some drink? Or some of your friends or guests are coming down to your place? Then this is a great time to try out this drink. You can prepare it at your house and make your friends have it.

Canadian variations

Just like Canadian bartenders have created their own variations from the classic one, you can also try something different if you want. You can choose to use some different ingredients like cucumber-infused grins or some herbs like rosemary and basil etc. You can also add some fruit juice to make it taste slightly different. After Bloody Caesar is done it can be garnished with a celery stalk. The looks as well as the taste of this drink cannot be simply compared to any drinks or cocktails. It is totally different and will win your heart in the very first sip.

What’s the difference?

A bartender from Calgary Alberta named Walter Chell can lay claim to be the inventor when he changed the Bloody Mary cocktail recipe enough to give the drink a new title; He added his own key ingredient: clam juice to a Bloody Mary which consisted of clam broth and tomato juice. he stuck with the traditional garnish of a celery stick. Some people like to add a little horseradish to give it an additional kick also. Over the years many popular mixed alcoholic drinks have been modified with cocktail makers giving their own twist on a classic such as the porn star martini.

bloody caesar vs bloody mary

It stuck, and now Clamato is used to replace the Bloody Mary’s tomato juice, which represents the only major difference between a Bloody Mary and a Ceasar.

Canada doesn’t just rock hockey, poutine, maple syrup, and Montreal bagels, but also the Caesar. It can squash any hangover and it makes a healthy addition to any weekend brunch. Either drink can be served tastefully with or without alcohol. A non-alcoholic rendition of either is called “virgin”.

Battle Royale

The debate over which beverage is superior rages on. The idea of “clam juice” in an alcoholic beverage is a turn off for many, but that’s what gives the Bloody Caesar recipe its edge.

Clams, oysters and mussels are rumoured to have chemical compounds in them which serve as aphrodisiacs. Mix up some booze with this little love potion and you’ve got yourself a summer drink for healthy amourous people. Don’t let the clams get you down: The rest of the drinks’ recipe ingredients make it subtle and it works.

Is it healthier?

Are they healthy? Well both have healthy aspects as they contain tomato juice. But clearly unhealthy also due to the (copious if i’m making them) amounts of Vodka! Clamato juice if made from scratch is gonna have a lot more goodness including higher levels of zinc and other notable trace minerals notably chromium. However if you buy the store bought Clamato juice made by Mott’s (Dr Pepper Snapple Group) then the health benefits will be significantly diminished.

The nutrition facts are kinda hard to nail down considering the options listed above.

A toast for all occasions

Either drinks’ healthy look and attributes make it easy to slip in an alcoholic beverage before noon without raising eyebrows, but one must truly appreciate the spin that we Canadians have put on the Bloody Mary. We combined sex, vitality and alcohol in a spicy little red package, and for that my friends, I believe we have a leg up on the Bloody Caesar’s American cousin.


Thus, you can prepare this awesome drink at home without any problem. If you are lucky enough to find a pepperoni stick, smoked salmon or bacon or even some fried chicken atop this drink then you will be able to enjoy the drink just like the inventor Walter Chell want it to be. So, you can try this drink with a twist of your own. You will love to have this drink again and again.