Have you come across a gardening trend that mentions growing food from scraps? And by scraps, I mean parts that normally end up in the garbage or the compost bin. If you have, did you know you can grow more than just green onions? If not, it’s high time you get on growing food from scraps to add to your gardening skills and as your winter gardening activity. I’m sure you’ll find growing food from scraps very convenient and easy.
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Garden Season’s Ultimate List Of Kitchen Scrap You Can Regrow
Although composting in winter calls for kitchen scraps of fruits and vegetables, I realize that I can use them for something else–growing food! Well, in this case, regrowing from scraps. Now, I set aside seeds, stump, and root parts to regrow. Check out this list and be surprised at how you can minimize kitchen scraps and use them to grow food!
1. Romaine Lettuce
First of all, you cannot regrow other lettuce varieties simply because of its structure. Romaine lettuce grows tall with firms ribs in the middle of the leaves. This section grows close together unlike the looseleaf or the summer crisp variety. Find more about growing lettuce here.
2. Green Onions And Spring Onions
The humble green onions are my favorite to regrow. They’re no fuss, they taste great and regrowing is easy as 1, 2, 3. Check out how to grow green onion from scrap here.
Watch for the celery heart where life will begin to regrow. If you’re lucky, some side shoots will appear around the base of the stalk. Keep the water clean and place it in a sunny area like the window sill.
This allium vegetable is flavorful in itself, you’ll want more in your home and in your dishes. Get more greens and regrow the base in water.
5. Sweet Potato
Unlike the common potato, sweet potato leaves are edible and healthy too. If you have sweet potatoes in the pantry, don’t throw them away but root them. You’ll get more vines from which you can grow more sweet potatoes outdoors.
Who doesn’t love ginger tea? I love mine with lemon and honey and tastes best when they’re brewed from free and organic produce ginger. Ginger makes a great houseplant so regrow a part of your store-bought ginger indoors.
7. Lemon Grass
If you love Asian food you’ll need to get yourself a hefty stash of this exotic spice herb in your garden. No need to keep buying costly lemon grass when you can regrow them from the base.
Growing garlic from the cloves you’ve neglected at home will not grow into new bulbs. You’ll need a longer growing season. The greens are what you’ll get instead, which is great in your dishes.
Regrowing carrots does not mean regrowing the entire root for the carrot itself. Regrowing it is for its greens as well as it is both healthy and tasty. Grow carrot greens from the top to garnish some of your favorite dishes.
Potatoes with wrinkly skin are usually destined for the trash bin. Check out for shoots which have sprouted. They will be better off in your garden to generate more food. Plants those potatoes in containers for less hassle growing.
It is easy to keep and maintain this vegetable. Stalk, leaves, and seeds of Fennel all have their uses. Regrow the base and transfer in soil pots once the shoots appear.
Turnip green sproutings growing from the turnip tops does not taste good. What you can do is sprout the tops in a container with water and transfer to a soil bed once the greens sprout for more of the turnip greens.
14. Bok Choi
Just like romaine lettuce and Chinese cabbage, bok chois are brassicas with firm stalks. It closely resembles a heart. This is where new plants will form and grow.
Growing cilantro can be quite tricky. They have a habit of going to seed quickly. Good thing they can regrow from the stalk, which is usually thrown away.
Although I use most of the scallion’s cute bulbs, it’s such a shame I forget some of its parts. Good thing I can still regrow them when they can still be saved.
We all know how mushroom can be quite costly in the long run. Good thing store-bought oyster mushroom variety can regrow. Oyster mushroom is one of the easiest mushrooms to grow and regrow. Try these oyster mushroom recipes here!
I love tomatoes in most of my dishes but not the seeds. So they mostly end up in the dumpster. That was until I started gardening and realized I can grow tomatoes from these seeds. Try canning tomatoes if you’ve got lots of harvests then save the tomato seeds for next growing season.
Just like tomatoes, bell pepper is another vegetable I use in my dishes quite often. And quite frankly, I can’t remember ever buying pepper seeds from garden stores. I grew my first bell peppers from over-ripened fruit bought from the market.
Rosemary grows well from cuttings so don’t throw any extra cuttings away but root them in a glass of water. Then transfer into pots in your free time.
After squeezing the juice off of the lemons, the seeds along with the peelings, usually end in the trash bin. Don’t throw those away. Even lemon peelings have many great uses. Grow yourself a tree and learn how to grow lemon here.
Pineapple stores longer when harvested using the crown. Lucky you, the crown can grow and bear another pineapple. Learn how to grow pineapple crowns in containers here.
Growing avocado from the seeds or pit takes a special technique to make them germinate faster. Find out how to germinate avocado pit here and grow your own avocado tree.
Much like it’s relative, the melons, cucumbers grow easily from seeds too. So don’t throw those seeds ever again and grow cucumbers at home for a fresh and hefty supply.
26. Chinese Cabbage
The Chinese or the Napa cabbage has a sweeter taste than the ordinary cabbage, making it great for soups. Plus, it grows with tall firm ribs with a midsection which can be regrown.
Regrow radish tops for their greens which taste great in potato stew or when sauteed. But you’ll need to grow more to get what you’ll need.
28. Cantaloupe, Melon, Honeydew
Enjoy the pulp of these juicy fruits but save the seeds to regrow. You’ll be amazed at what these good-for-the-dump seeds can grow into.
29. Beet Greens
Beet greens and beets are healthy and taste great in salads too. Save those beet tops and be amazed at what you can reproduce in just a few days. Want to grow more than just greens? Then grow the whole beet in containers with this guide.
Although it will take some time to grow a fruit-bearing apple tree, don’t throw all those seeds away. Grow apples from seeds now and enjoy seeing it grow. In two years, you’ll enjoy your own apple trees.
Imagine cherry blossoms in your landscape. Save those seeds and grow yourself a little cherry grove. In just a year, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful landscape and the fruits of your labor.
You won’t have to wait long to enjoy the fruits of the peach tree grown from seeds. Within a year, you’ll have yourself a grown tree and fruits with it.
Some peanuts just can’t wait to grow back. We just throw those early shoots right out. Why not let them grow as they please and get them back in the soil for another round of peanut harvest.
Growing apricot trees from seeds may not guarantee a fruit-bearing harvest. But what if you’re lucky? Besides, the more trees the better, is it not?
Pears are so much like apples. They are grown the same way. They grow and bear fruits and have lovely blooms for your garden landscape.
Amazingly, kiwi is a climbing plant which can be grown in trellis or over an arbor. What’s even surprising is that you can grow kiwis from the seeds of store-bought fruits.
Seeds from watermelon make great and healthy snacks when dried and toasted. But with all the seeds, a lot of them tend to end in the dump. What a waste when they can end up producing more watermelons in the garden!
Start growing food from scraps and learn how to in this video from Veggietorials:
There you have it, plants which you can regrow. Growing food from scraps may not be the answer to our food problem but it sure is a fun project to do at home with your kids. Well, growing food from scraps may help solve our problem with waste!
Have you tried doing an experiment with one of these food plants? I tried growing green onion which is a favorite in my household. Do share your own experience by posting in the comments section below.
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