Stop throwing away your vegetable scraps! Did you know there are 16 different types of produce items that you can re-grow at home?
By regrowing your produce from scraps you will save money and also get the chance that goes into your food. By using the step below, you will be able to get an endless supply of produce by using your scraps.
Before starting its best to use an organic parent vegetable scraps to regrow over store bought. Organic food doesn’t just taste better but it is also better for you.
Take a look at all the produce you can re-grow below.
Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions, and Fennel
Leeks, scallions, spring onions, and fennel can all be re-grown from their white root base. Just stick the root base in a glass jar or bowl, add water, and put it where it will get plenty of light. Freshen up the water every other day and soon you will have new veggies to enjoy all over again.
You can start by using the root of the lemongrass and place it into a glass jar with a little water. Place this in a sunny area and change the water every other day. Once a week has past you will see the plant begin to grow. Once you see it growing this is when you need to move the lemongrass into a poot with soil. Place it outside where it can receive a lot of sun.
Harvest your lemongrass when the stalks are about a foot tall. Cut of the parts you need, but make sure you leave the root so it can continue growing.
Celery, Bok Choy, Romaine Lettuce, and Cabbage
Celery, bok choy, romaine lettuce, and cabbage will also re-grow from the white root end. Just cut off what you normally eat and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water. Cover the roots but not the top of the cutting. Place it in the sun, but spray the cutting with water to keep the top moist.
In about a week, it is time to transplant the plant into soil. Plant so that just the leaves are showing. Within a few weeks, it will sprout a new head.
Celery, Bok Choy, Romaine Lettuce, and Cabbage can also be directly planted into the ground, but the soil needs to be kept very moist until new shoots appear.
Ginger is extremely easy to regrow. You will need to plant a part of the ginger rhizome in soil with the small bugs face up. Rhizome is the part of ginger that you cook with. Make sure to put ginger in a warm spot but not in direct sunlight.
You can harvest the ginger once it has grown. Pull out the plant but remove a part of the rhizome so you can replant it.
If you have potatoes that sprouted eyes suddenly and got all wrinkly, don’t throw them away. These are perfect for growing new potatoes. Cut them into sections with at least two eyes on each piece. Then plant them in high-nutrient soil at about 8 inches deep. You can get high-nutrient soil by adding compost.
Potato plants will spread out as they grow, so it is important to cover any new roots with soil.
Planting and harvesting is very close to ginger. Place the root into soil. Garlic should be placed in warm and direct sun, it roots itself easy. Once the plant is officially established, cut the back the shoots. This will help the plant grow big and tasty.
Just like with ginger, pull up the plant, take what you need, replant it, and repeat.
Onions are one of the easiest vegetables to re-grow. Cut off the root end of the onion ½ inch above the root line. Plant the root portion of the onion in a sunny spot in your garden with only a little soil on top. If you live in a colder climate, plant it in a pot and keep it indoors. The onion roots will grow you a new onion. You can cut off the roots and replant for as long as you want.
Sweet potatoes produce eye shoots like potatoes. Place the sweet potatoes under a thin layer of soil and place it into a sunny and moist area. Shoots usually appear in a week’s time. Once the shoots are about 4 inches long , take out the plant remove them and replant them with about a foot separating each plant. Sweet potatoes take about four months to be ready
Warning: Slugs love sweet potatoes, so watch out for them.
Many commercial sweet potatoes are sprayed so they do not produce eyes. It is best to use organic.
Mushrooms are probably the most difficult veggies to re-grow. This is because they enjoy warm humidity and nutrient-rich soil just like all the other fungus they have to compete with. For this reason, re-growing mushrooms works best in cooler environments.
To make nutrient-rich soil, mix it with compost. Remove the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk. Leave just the very top exposed. If all the conditions are correct, your mushroom will start growing in a couple of days. If not, it will be very clear that the mushroom is beginning to rot.
Finally a fruit! Re-growing pineapples will take some time (2-3 years), but it is worth it.
You re-grow pineapple from the leafy top of the fruit. It is important to make sure no fruit remains on the pineapple top as it will rot after planted. Slice small horizontal sections until you see the root buds.
Pineapple plants like a warm and well drained environment and you should start to see growth within a few months.