Scrap The Waste

Growing Scraps

Did you know you can grow plants from kitchen scraps? There are a lot of vegetables and fruits that will grow from the scrap pieces you normally throw away or put in a compost bin. Fruit and vegetable scraps that are typically thought to be inedible or headed to the composter can be re-grown into food that is healthy, tasty, and nutritious. Re-growing food scraps is not only great for the environment and beneficial for the whole family, it saves money, it is great for reducing landfill waste and it is a terrific learning activity to do with your kids. Check out just some of the foods you can grow from scraps;


Romaine Lettuce

  • Place the remaining romaine hearts in a bowl with 1/2 inch water, changing water everyday. Place bowl in a sunny area and once lettuce starts to sprout, transplant in a garden or planter.

Bok Choy

  • Place base of Bok Choy bottom down in a bowl with enough water to cover the base, changing water every couple days. Transplant to a garden area or planter once you see new growth, Cover with soil just up to the new growth.

Celery

  • Place base of celery in in bowl with water and change water every couple days. Place in sunny area. Transplant to garden or planter after a full week and cover with soil leaving leaf tips exposed.

Lemon Grass

  • Place lemon grass tops in a glass or jar and fill with water. Change water every couple days and when stems develop strong roots, plant the stalks in a garden or planter.

Bean Sprouts

 

  • Place about a tablespoon of beans in a jar and add water to cover leaving them soak over night. Next day drain the water and place the beans in a jar with a towel. Continue to rinse the beans everyday and place back in a jar with a towel until spouts are desired size.

Avocado

  • Rinse the large seed and stick 3 to 4 toothpicks around the seed to support and balance it over a bowl or jar. Cover the bottom of the seed with an inch of water making sure you check it everyday and add water when needed and place in direct sun. When the stem grows to 6 inches, cut it back to three inches, once the leaves start to grow, transplant the seed leaving about half the seed above ground or in the planter.

Potatoes

  • Cut potatoes in half (making sure they have eyes). Let them dry over night and plant them a foot apart in at least eight inches of soil.

Tomatoes

  • Rinse the gel off the tomato seeds and let them dry. Plant them in a container and when you see new growth of about 3-4 inches, transplant them to a garden or indoor container with direct sun.

Sweet Potatoes

  • Cut sweet potatoes in half and use toothpicks to balance them in a shallow container with water. In about a week you will see roots and the potatoes will start sprouting on top, twist off the sprouts when they are at least 4 inches long and put them in a bowl of water. Once roots start to grow from the sprouts (approximately 1 inch) they are ready for planting.

Ginger

  • Plant a piece of ginger with buds on it (buds facing up). In about a week you will see new roots and shoots and can use your new ginger. You can keep repeating this process and always have a fresh supply of ginger on hand.

Pineapple

  • Remove top of pineapple that has fresh green leaves. Peel leaves around the base to expose bottom layer. Cut off the tip of the base and poke tooth picks into base to suspend it in water, changing water every few days. When you notice strong roots, transplant into a planter and place in full sun.

Garlic

  • Take one clove of garlic and plant it roots down in direct sun. When you see new shoots, cut them back and you will have a new bulb of garlic. Keep repeating this process and you will always have super fresh garlic on hand.

Onions

  • Place an onion bottom in the ground, once the roots regenerate, remove the old onion bottom and wait for the onion to fully grow.

Peppers

  • Collect your pepper seeds, plant them in a container in direct sun. That’s it, they are easy and fast growing.

Mushrooms

  • Place the stalk or stem in a container with dirt to re-grow these delicious fungi. You need to grow these in a warm, humid environment, with very little direct sunlight.

Pumpkin

  • Save some pumpkin seeds and wash them off. Let them dry out and plant them in your garden.

Citrus Fruits

  • Clean and dry seeds, plant them in a nutrient-dense soil. You will have to be patient because it will take a couple years until you yield fruit.

Peaches, Plums, Nectarines

  • Wash your seeds and dry them out. Plant them in nutrient-rich potting soil, in direct sun. These fruit trees will also take a few years before you yield fruit.

Cherries

  • Take a few cherry pits and place them in a covered container with dirt and refrigerate to germinate. In about three month, transplant them in a sunny spot. Within a year or two you will get flowers but it will take years to bear a substantial amount of fruit.

Food shopping is one of the most costly expenses in a household. Why not eliminate some of your food costs by regrowing scraps that would normally be thrown out. There are a number of fruits and vegetables that can be replanted and you will be sure to have healthy, nutritious foods all year round. We all know that produce is one of the most expensive items on your grocery list and regrowing will definitely cut down on those high prices of produce.

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