Green windows and thumbs! Want to try your hand at growing some of your own food? You can start with something as simple as giving new life to everyday kitchen scraps. YK Daily set out below how easy it is to regrow store bought fruit and veg from scraps. It's a super healthy and an easy edible DIY project even apartment-dwellers can do, plus it's a great way to teach kids about where food comes from.
Wondering Which Veggies, Fruits And Herbs Can You Re-grow From Store Bought Scraps?
As NatureZedge says: There are so many! It’s truly incredible the power of nature and how easily some vegetables and fruits regenerate from food scraps.
Root Crops, like Carrots, Turnips, Beets, Radishes, and Parsnips
Garlic, Leeks, Shallots, and Onions
Leafy Greens, like Lettuce, and Romaine
Herbs, like Basil, Mint, Coriander
Peaches, nectarines, and plums can all be grown from the pit but will take a few years for a crop
Pumpkins and winter squash
Cabbages and Bok choi
Mushroom a bit more advanced and
Tomatoes from slices and trimmings
Fruit Trees, like Lemon, Lime, Peach, Cherry, and Apple
Try to only use organic vegetables, preferably from local farm shops. As it's more likely for supermarket vegetables to be treated with more chemicals that may inhibit their ability to regrow.
Spuds, in particular, are treated by grocery stores, so they don’t develop sprouts while on the shelf. You may find it a hit and miss with grocery store produce since so much depends on the original grower and seeds.
The Three Essential Rules To Growing Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps...
1. Change the liquid every day. If you neglect this, they will get slimy and stinky.
2. Keep the vegetable scraps starts on a windowsill where they receive lots of indirect sunlight.
3. When planting outdoors, water roots consistently, but don’t let the ground get soggy.
In YK Daily's tried and tested opinion, Celery & Spring Onion are the easiest low maintenance veggies to grow at home, process highlighted below. However follow this link for NatureZedge's guide to growing most types of fruit and veg!
To start growing a Celery...
1. Cut off the root end from the Celery.
Slice about 2 inches off the root end of a bunch of celery. Optional: Insert 4 toothpicks equally spaced around the celery, about 1 ½ inches from the bottom.
2. Place in water.
Set the celery in a shallow glass bowl or jar. Fill with enough water to submerge an inch of the root end. Place the bowl or jar where it can get good natural light for several hours a day. a kitchen window or ledge with enough light but it wouldn't get harsh and hot at midday would be ideal.
Change the water every couple of days, making sure the celery root end is always submerged. The optional toothpicks around the sides keep the celery from touching the bottom of the bowl, regrowing celery in water without suspending the root end off the bottom tends to make the outer stalks rot more quickly.
3. Watch it grow.
After a few days, you should start seeing small leaves emerging from the very center of the top. In about a week, you may see small stalks and leaves, and tiny roots emerging around the base. The cut stalks around the outer base may start deteriorating and turning brown. Don't panic—this is normal. But if you leave the celery in water for too long, the outer stalks will get serious rot, so it's best to plant before that happens.
4. Replant in soil.
When the new roots are about an inch long, you can plant the celery in potting soil or directly into your garden. If you use potting soil, choose a mix without pesticides, and suitable for vegetables and herbs. Make a hole deep and wide enough to hold the plant from the root end up to the cut end. Set the celery into the soil, making sure there's no air pocket below the root end. Gently fill in and tamp the surrounding soil so a bit of the cut end and all of the emerging leaves and stalks are above the soil. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Celery thrives in cool weather and rich soil, so give it shade in the hottest part of the day and feed it to replenish nutrients.
Tried & tested update;
The experiment worked! This scrappy little guy grew into a full-size, deeply flavorful celery plant with long stalks and large leaves. Works well by snapping off the outer ribs and letting the inside grow. Harvest leaves to use in salads, soups, etc. It's just so satisfying to regrow something we all used to throw away!
Green onions, aka scallions or spring onions, are sold with a root end that you always trim off before using the green stalks and slim white bulb in recipes. But did you know you can encourage those root ends to regrow new green onions? Below you will find out how easy it is to regrow an (almost) endless supply of fresh green onions from kitchen scraps. All you need is a starter bunch of green onions, a jar, and fresh water.
To start growing Spring Onions...
Here's how easy it is to upcycle this common food scrap you used to throw away.
Slice off the ends of the bulbs, leaving roots attached.
Stand the bulbs root-end down in a small jar or egg cup. Add enough water to cover the roots, but leave the top edges above water.
Set on a windowsill and keep the roots moist. After a few days, green shoots will emerge from the tops of the bulbs. After that, they'll grow very quickly.
Keep the roots submerged and change water at least once a week.
When the shoots are four or five inches long, you can plant them in the ground or a pot filled with good quality potting soil. If you keep the root ends in the jar, they will produce green shoots for a while but the plant will weaken eventually and stop producing.
Snip off what you need, cutting the leaves all the way to the ground; the onions will continue to grow in the ground almost indefinitely, although they could get to be much larger than the green onions you find in your grocery store. If they flower, you can use the flavorful blossoms in salads.
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