By Setareh Behroozi

Test your green thumb at kitchen countertop!

November 21, 2017 - 11:51

Most of us dream for a cozy garden in which we could spend our time after retirement, and sadly enough, the dream does not come true in many cases! Here is a practical suggestion, which may motivate you to test your green thumb in your apartment right now!

What is your idea about a little garden in your apartment in which you grow edible vegetables? And the good news is that, you should not buy seeds for this green paradise. All you need is not to throw away leftover herbs and vegetables. 
Some vegetables such as onion and garlic enhance the flavor of the food and are widely used in different meals. You can regrow them on your kitchen counter without any trouble. Here are some vegetables and herbs that you don’t need to buy daily even if you use it in your foods.

Garlic

If you used to throw away your garlic with little green shoots on it, don’t do it anymore! All you need is a glass of water. Put them in it with a little water and wait until it grows!
In this way, you always have fresh garlic sprouts right on your kitchen counter. They have milder taste than garlic cloves and can be used in pasta and salad.

  • According to Iranian traditional medicine, garlic has drying and warming characteristics and is beneficial for people suffering from hair loss, cardiovascular disease, sexual frigidity and high blood pressure.  

 Onion
Put the root end of an onion in the soil in a pot to regrow. You can use the green stem of onion or wait until it fully grow to a bulb.

  •  According to Iranian traditional medicine, onion has drying and warming characteristics; it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, is diuretic, and a natural expectorant. 

You can regrow some vegetables such as onion and garlic, which enhance the flavor of the food on your kitchen counter without any trouble. All you need is not to throw away leftover herbs and vegetables!

Basil and cilantro
Put the stems of basil or cilantro in a glass of water. Plant them in a pot when the stems reach five centimeter. You can enjoy fresh basil in your kitchen after some weeks!

  •  According to Iranian traditional medicine, cilantro has drying and cooling characteristics. Its carminative properties help to reduce flatulence and bloating. It is also beneficial for sleep disorder.
  •  Basil has warming and drying characteristics. It strengthens digestive system and is anti-Diarrhea. It relieves headaches caused by migraine. 

Mint
If you find a mint with roots in vegetables you buy, don’t hesitate to put it in a glass of water!
While the mints begin to spring, it is the time to plant it in a pot. 
But be careful where you plant that mint. Since its runners will take over all nearby.

  • According to Iranian traditional medicine, mint has warming and drying characteristics. It improves the cardiovascular system and is a great appetizer.

 Lettuce
Place an intact head of lettuce in a bowl with little water in front of your window. In two weeks, you will have a fresh green lettuce at your window!

  •  According to Iranian traditional medicine, lettuce has cooling characteristics and contains water. Hence, it provides natural moisture for body organs, purifies your blood, and promotes your health.

Scallions
You can have a full-grown scallion in five days!
Put the scallions with roots in a small glass with a little water and you will enjoy fresh scallions in coming days! 

  •  According to Iranian traditional medicine, onion has drying and warming characteristics and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol as well as high blood pressure. 

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