Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Grow a Garden from Kitchen Scraps

Fresh veggies, grown from your yard: it’s a tantalizing thought, and it’s doable with only your leftovers. Start a small farm in your very own backyard and look no further than the grocery store for supplies. Next time you do the shopping, look to these common staples for veggies that you can regrow:

Onions

Slice the root off with at least an inch of the bulb. Plant the onion root-first into soil, and cover with 1-2 inches of soil. The onion should start to sprout leaves in a few weeks.

Garlic

Cloves are essentially seeds. Break them off from the garlic bulb, keeping the base intact. Plant the cloves base-first into a patch of soil or a pot where they can soak up a lot of sunshine. Cover with about 2 inches of soil. Each clove will grow into a plant, so allow for some space – ideally several inches – between the cloves.

Romaine lettuce

Slice off the stump and place in water. Replace the water every day to keep it clean. As an option, you can also plant the stump directly into soil. Romaine lettuce can regrow at a fast rate.

Celery stalks

Like lettuce, celery stalks can be grown from their stump. Place in a basin of water and replant after about a week. Keep only the tips of the new leaves above the soil. Water generously.

Ginger

Slice off healthy-looking rhizomes with a green bud jutting out of the skin. Plant the bit of ginger in soil. Place in a sunny area. Once regrown, dig up the ginger for use. Replant suitable leftovers as before.

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