If you are into gardening and also looking for some ways to save money, how about starting a vegetable or fruit garden using your kitchen scraps. A lot of people don’t realize the amount of food waste that they throw every day. In a study done by EPA in 2018, approximately 68% of the food waste ends up in landfills. So why not take part in helping reduce food waste by starting vegetable & fruit gardening, by scraps from your kitchen.
That’s why here are some vegetables that can be regrown from kitchen scraps.
But first, it’s important to plan ahead and when and where are you going to start. It’s crucial to choose a location that is free from pests or animals like raccoons. Also, it’s better to choose an area that gets adequate sunlight. But free from heavy rain and snow, or until the plant is big enough to withstand rain or snow.
Another thing, when starting a vegetable garden or any garden, it’s best to start with some compost. Better yet, ask your local garden center what starting soil or fertilizer is ideal for starting a vegetable garden or what specific vegetables you want to grow.
- Carrots – Not everyone is a fan of carrot tops, but they can be used to regrow a whole carrot. All you have to do is place the top, with the base, partially submerged in the water. Allow for ample roots to grow, before placing them in your garden.
- Lettuce – Great for salads or just an afternoon snack, lettuce, just like the carrot. Growing lettuce starts by exposing the base to at least 1/2 inch of water. Then place it on a window sill or porch. Don’t forget to change the water every 1 – 2 days. Once roots are starting to become visible, wait for the leaves to grow before transferring them to a larger container or your garden.
- Onions & Garlic – both of these vegetables are a great way to add a level of flavor to almost any dish. When growing an onion, use the bottom or the bulb, which is what is discarded. Then expose the bulb to a shallow dish or place it directly on top of the soil. As for the garlic, oftentimes when left inside the fridge for so long, green tops would be seen growing from a garlic bulb. Instead of throwing it away, how about placing it directly on your garden bed.
- Potatoes – the humble potato, is probably one of the most beloved vegetables. I mean hello, French fries? Who doesn’t love French fries? So why not, try planting one in your garden. Just cut the “eye” or “potato eyes”, then plant them directly on your garden bed. But take note, Store-bought potatoes can often carry diseases or are prone to diseases, so better watch out or take extra precautions. If you want there are online seed catalogs or visit your local garden center and ask if they carry certified potato seeds.
- Herbs – Just like onions and garlic, herbs, especially fresh herbs are also a great way to spice up your dish. Fresh herbs are often hard to come by, so why not have one at your disposal, all year round. For most herbs like rosemary, thyme, parsley, and mint, just peel the leaves starting from the bottom ( snipped ). Leaving just a few leaves on the top. Place the sprigs on a container or small glass. Place it near the window and change the water every few days.