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Grow it Again! 11 Foods You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps

By Katy Cowley / 3 years ago

Growing vegetables from seeds is cool, but growing them from kitchen scraps is totally badass 🙂 Does it require some time? Yes. Is going to the grocery store easier? Definitely. But if you’re crazy enough to attempt these, there are a lot of benefits.

Firstly, you know the product is home-grown and clean of nasty chemical residue that can often remain on foods. Secondly, it’s cheaper and thirdly, it gives you a great sense of accomplishment to grow your own food from scratch! Let’s take a look at how you an do the same today!

Foods You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps

Celery

Celery is probably the best food to start your regrowing adventure. It is so easy to grow a new celery from kitchen scraps. Just take the base of the celery bunch and put in a bit of warm water you have previously placed in a bowl. Place your bowl in a sunny spot and wait for the leaves to start at the base. This should happen in a week or so. Now plant your celery in soil and wait for full growth.

Mushrooms

Ok. Mushrooms are a little bit more difficult to regrow, but it’s worth the effort. The thing is they need a warm place with lots of humidity as well as a very rich soil. We recommend planting them in a pot instead in the ground as this way you can control the temperature and humidity. You will need to plant only the stem of the mushroom, so cut the head and plant the stem in soil that is rich in nutrients. Make sure only the top of the stem is seen on top. If the cuttings take, new mushrooms will grow pretty quickly.

Peppers

Peppers are great to grow by beginners. Just like pumpkins, all you need to do is plant some seeds in a potting soil on a sunny location. Just make sure it is not too very hot. You will be amazed at how quickly they’ll grow. You can plant them in a container then replant them in ground if you wish. As they grow perfectly in pots they are great for balconies and small spaced gardens.

Lettuce

Lettuce is yet another veggie you can easily regrow from scraps. It is one of the most commonly used vegetables in every home all year round so this is a good way to always have it on hand. The method is simple – all you need to do is take the bottom of the heart and place it in jar with about a half-inch of water. Place the jar on a sunny spot and change the water every couple of days. You will see leaves sprouting in just a few days. Now let it grow until it has enough green leaves for a tasty salad.

Garlic

You need only one clove to regrow a whole new garlic. Plant it with the roots pointing down in previously prepared potting soil and place it in a location that has plenty of light. The clove will root itself. Once you see the shoots cut them back. This will force the plant to put all its energy into producing a new bulb. Of course, you can then use a clove from your new bulb to regrow another one.

Sweet Potatoes

Just like regular potatoes, sweet potatoes can be easily regrown from scraps. Take one half of a sweet potato and suspend it (using toothpicks) over a bowl with water. Make sure the water covers half of the potato. Place the bowl on a light spot and after just a few days you will see roots showing up. When they reach about 4 inches break them off and put them in water. When the new roots grow an additional inch they are ready to be planted in soil.

Green Onions

Green onions in particular are so easy to regrow. All you need is the leftover roots from a green onion. Take a bowl, place them with roots down and cover with water. Change the water once in a few days. You will have your new green onions in about a week. Now you can always have green onions on hand.

Lemongrass

The bottom of a lemongrass stalk is too tough to use in cooking, so this is a nice way to avoid throwing out half the plant. After about three weeks of leaving the lemongrass stalks in water you should begin to see roots. Then you’ll need to plant the lemongrass in soil in a sunny location.

Ginger

We all know the health benefits of consuming ginger but we also know how expensive ginger roots are. But there is an easy way to grow this super food in your own home – from kitchen scraps! Choose a ginger root with as many fingers possible, soak it in warm water for one night then cut it into chunks. Prepare some well-drained soil and place one ginger chink on top of it, covering it with just a little bit of the soil. Keep it in a warm place and water it regularly.

Pumpkins

You might be using pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack, but did you know you can regrow a pumpkin from its seeds? Take a couple of seeds and simply plant them in the ground. Just make sure you choose a sunny location. New plants will regrow. You can even plant a whole pumpkin and a new one will grow. For instance, you can fill your Jack-O-Lantern with soil after Halloween and plant the whole thing.

Pineapples

You thought that pineapples can grow only in tropical climate? Well, you can actually regrow a pineapple from its leaves in the commodity of your own home! Just cut off the leafy part making sure you don’t cut any part of the actual fruit and suspend it over a bowl filled with water. Place it on a sunny location making and keep the room warm. Change the water daily and soon you will notice the roots taking place. Replant in soil and wait for your own pineapple to grow. The plant looks gorgeous and can also be used as a houseplant.

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About the author

Katy Cowley

Katy has a great amount of knowledge when it comes to all things health. She has spent time testing out the latest diets, fitness techniques and more to make sure that she can provide you with solid information.