Would you like to learn an easy way to use up the produce scraps in your kitchen?
Starting a kitchen scrap garden is the best way to make use of the parts of the plant that you don't normally eat and might end up throwing in the compost bin.
You can save money and reduce waste while doing it!
What Can I Grow?
Anything you grow needs to be fresh, meaning uncooked, and not dried or frozen.
Get started with:
Herbs likerosemary, thyme, mint, basil, and oregano.
Leafy veggies like romaine lettuce, cabbage, and bok choy.
Root vegetables like beets, carrots, celery root, and parsnips.
Bulb vegetables like onions, green onions, fennel, leeks, and garlic.
Tuberous root vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Seeds from fruits like mangoes, avocados, lemons, and strawberries.
Growing Herbs and Leafy Greens
Herbs are the simplest to grow.
Cut a piece of the herb stem at an angle. The stem should be about 4 inches long with the lower leaves removed.
Transfer the cuttings into a water-filled glass container, keeping the stem above the water.
Place them near a sunny window. They will soon root and grow in a few days.
Grow leafy greens like lettuce by saving the base.
Tear off the leaves from the lettuce.
Put the base in a shallow container with water and place it in a sunny spot.
New leaves will start growing in time.
You could even try growing a second head of cabbage from scraps!
Cut a small cross in the base of the cabbage.
Place it in the soil, give it some water and sunlight.
Wait for some days, it will regrow the second head of cabbage.
How would you grow Romaine Lettuce from scraps?
Growing Root Vegetables
For root veggies like carrots and beets just use the chopped-off tops.
Place the tops in a shallow container of water.
After a few days, you will see new green growth from the top.
The roots can regrow but they will need soil and extra time. If you don't want to wait you can eat the green leaves that grow.
Sweet potatoes are tuberous roots that can be grown easily.
Cut a sweet potato in half.
Stick toothpicks in a circle around the top quarter of the potato.
Place half-submerged in a glass container of water (the toothpicks will hold it over the glass).
Place it near a sunny window and within a few weeks, it will start developing sprouts and roots. Cut off one or more sprout/root combinations and plant in a soil-filled pot.
Watering and giving it lots of bright light should help the plant grow well.
Johanna wanted to grow some potatoes. She cut a piece off the potato and placed it in soil. It did not grow.
What could be the reasons it didn't grow? Choose all that apply.
Growing Plants From Seeds
Small seeds from fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges can be sowed directly into moistened soil. They should sprout in about 2–6 weeks. These plants can take many years to grow fully before bearing any flowers or fruits.
If you're keen to grow strawberries from seeds, visit this link.
Whether you have a window or backyard, all you need to do is check your fridge and get growing!
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