Exercise environmental thrift by regrowing green onions and celery after using the bulk of them for a meal.

  • Fill 2 cups or small bowls halfway with cool tap water.
  • Cut off most of the greens from a bunch of green onion.
  • Cut the edible section off a bunch of celery leaving just the tough stem. (Put the good parts aside for eating.)
  • Place the white bulb portion of the onions and the tough joined end of the celery stalk each in their own cup or bowl and place them near a window that gets at least five hours of sunlight a day.
  • For the next few weeks, change the water daily and watch the plants grow until they are ready to eat again.








Group Size Time of Day Duration Acuity Level
1 on 1
Small (2 - 4)
Medium (5 - 8)
15 minutes Skilled Nursing/Rehab
Facilitator Gender
Any Coed
Wellness Domains

Social, Intellectual, Environmental

  • A bunch of green onions and/or a head of celery
  • Small bowls or cups
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Table and chair
  • Reminiscing materials


Good For

Anxiety, Dementia, Depression, Mobility Loss



Let staff do the cutting. Place the glasses or bowls in a place people can reach them easily. Provide cueing and use hand-over-hand method as needed.


This activity can be modified to observe social distancing.  For group activity, use room large enough to accommodate social distancing. For a one-on-one program, bring materials in room.



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