Starting your own vegetable garden may sound like a daunting task, but it can be as simple as saving the scraps from last night’s dinner.
Scraps? Really? Yup! Many vegetables and some fruits can grow again from the leftovers that you planned to throw away (or hopefully compost!). Here are a some common veggies and instructions on how to use their scraps to make your garden grow!
With leeks, scallions or green onions, you can simply take the root end of the vegetable and place it in a jar with water, according to Itsafabulouslife.com. Once the roots begin to grow, you can replant into a container.
Greens — such as celery, bok choy, romaine and cabbage — work similarly; just place the root end in a bowl of water. While it starts to sprout new leaves and roots grow, spritz the leaves with water to keep them damp. Then replant it in soil, leaving just the leaves showing above the ground.
Did your potatoes start sprouting “eyes?” Well, according to Wakeupworld.com, you can take 2-inch-sized pieces that have a couple of eyes and let them dry out. Then plant the pieces 8-inches deep with the eye facing up. You’ll want to add more soil as the roots appear. You can do the same thing with sweet potatoes!
All you need to start growing garlic is one clove. Plant it root down and leave the container in a place with lots of direct sunlight. Once new shoots are established, cut them back so the plant will focus its energy on producing the garlic bulb.
Pineapple seems like it should only grow somewhere tropical, but that’s not the case! This is one plant you can regrow, but you have to be ready to go the long haul. According to Wakeupworld.com, you should remove the leafy top, making sure no more fruit remains; then cut horizontal sections from the bottom of the crown until the root buds are exposed. Remove the bottom layers of leaves, and leave just an inch base. Plant the crown in a warm place, watering regularly but reducing to weekly waterings once the roots take hold. Although you’ll see growth in the first couple of months, it will take two to three years before fully grown pineapples are ready to harvest.