Veggie scraps are the last thing that comes to your mind every time you aim for something new. Well, guess what… Veggie scraps can help you make tasty stock. That’s not all! You can also use the scraps to re-grow healthy veggies.
Stop throwing your scraps, and it’s the best thing you can do for your health and home budget. There are about 16 different types of produce you can regrow in your home garden.
Regrowing fruits and vegges from scraps is a life-changing habit, and it gives you full control over the food you eat. These simple steps will bring you an endless supply of fresh produce, and all you need is scraps.
First, let’s go through a few handy tips. Always use organically bought “parent” vegetable scraps, as they grow much better than store-bought produce. Let’s not forget that organic food is healthier and more delicious than anything else you see on the market.
We give you the top products you can re-grow at home.
1. Leeks, scallions, spring onions, and fennel
Leeks, scallions, spring onions and fennel grow from their white root base. Place the base in a glass jar filled with water, and keep it in a sunny spot.
These veggies need plenty of light. Change the water every other day, and you will see your new veggies growing again.
The first thing you should do is place the root end of the lemongrass in a glass jar filled with water. Keep it in a sunny spot, and change the water every other day.
You will notice the first changes within a wee. Transfer your lemongrass into a pot, cover with soil and keep it in a sunny area.
Pick your lemongrass once its stalks grow about a food tall. Don’t take out the roots as they will give you even more stalks.
3. Celery, Bok Choy, Romaine lettuce, and cabbage
Celery, Bok Choy, Romaine lettuce and cabbage grow in the same way as leeks and scallions. You need the white root end and a shallow bowl filled with water.
Make sure the top isn’t covered with water. Keep the bowl in a sunny area, and spray the top with water to keep it moist.
Transfer the plant into soil after a week. You should only see the leaves peaking out of the soil. A new head will grow within a few weeks.
You can also plant celery, Bok Choy, Romaine Lettuce and cabbage directly into the soil. Keep the soil moist until the new leaves grow.
It’s probably the easiest thing you will grow in your garden. Place a piece of ginger rhizome in soil, and make sure the smallest buds are turned upwards.
If by any chance you didn’t know it, rhizome is the part of the ginger you use when cooking. Keep the pot out of direct sunlight, but make sure the environment is enough warm and moist.
Harvest your ginger once the plant is fully grown. Take out the whole plant, use what you need, and replant it.
This is the perfect opportunity to use wrinkled potatoes with sprouted eyes. These will give you new potatoes. Cut the potatoes into pieces, and make sure each piece has at least two ‘eyes.’
Plant the pieces about 8 inches deep in soil. Enrich your soil using compost. Potato plants spread out once fully grown, so make sure you cover the new roots with soil.
Garlic grows in the similar way as ginger. But, make sure you place its root down. Garlic grows well in warm area with direct sunlight. The roots will grow easily, and you will notice the new shoots easily.
Clip off new shoots, and the bulb will grow big and juicy. And yes, same as ginger, take out the plant, use what you need, and replant it.
Onions are also easy to re-grow. Remove the root end of the onion. You need about half an inch above the root line. Plant it in a sunny spot, and put just a small amount of soil on top of it.
If the whether is cold, use pots, and grow your onions indoors. Onion roots will give you new onions. Cut off the roots, and replant them to get new plants.
8. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes have the same eye-shoots like potatoes. Plant them under a thin layer of soil, and make sure it’s moist and sunny. You will see the first shoots in a week.
Remove the shoots once they grow about four inches high. Remove the shoots, and replant them a foot away from the plant. Sweet potatoes will grow fully in four months.
Protect your sweet potatoes from slugs. Sometimes producers spray their sweet potatoes, so they don’t have eyes. Always use organic sweet potatoes.
Mushrooms are quite challenging, but you will sure find a way to grow them. Your mushrooms like warm and humid weather conditions. You will also need nutrient-rich soil. Yes, that’s pretty much the same as other fungus.
Add compost to enrich your soil. First, remove the head of the mushroom as you only need the stalk. Keep the very top uncovered, and you will see the mushroom grow within a couple of days.
If the weather is right, you will enjoy fresh and healthy mushrooms. If the mushroom doesn’t grow, it means that your stalk is rotten.
The juiciest of all fruits takes 2-3 years to grow, but it’s worth every day that goes by.
You need the leafy top of pineapples to grow a fruit. Make sure the top is clean, as any flesh remains will make it rot. Cut out small horizontal sections, and you will notice the root buds.
Pineapples grow in warm area, and you will also have to provide a good drainage system. You will notice the first growths within a few months.
To learn more about growing vegetables from produce, take a look at this video from Growing Your Greens.