In this article we are going to show you a fun way how to grow your own, non-gmo, food from common kitchen scraps. Note: you need to be sure that the food you are using is organic before you start with this homemade growing method.
Kitchen Scraps & Growing Plants
To be honest with you, we love composting all the kitchen scraps anytime we can. But, usually when we fill up our bin or we don’t have some vegetables in the garden, we just use kitchen scraps to grow plants. It’s great activity for everyone! It’s a great way to start new plants with just using kitchen scraps and a fun gardening activity. It’s the best way to spend your free time, especially for people who like gardening. You need to check the plants how they are progressing and nourish them every day!
And let me say this one more time. If you are going to try this home growing method, you need to be sure that the scraps you are using are with good quality and they are organic kitchen scraps.
Growing Leeks, Spring Onions, Scallions, and Fennel
Well, you can just go to the local supermarket and buy some vegetables for growing, or you can wait until you have a need for them in cooking some of your favorite meal. In all these vegetables, you will use the end of the vegetable with the white roots.
Here’s what you need to do. First, you need to take the left over white roots and place them in a container with a small amount of water in it. Well, you need to be sure that the roots are wet, and you don’t want the entire root submerged. After that, you need to take your container and place it in a sunny window sill. We’ve actually grown green onion scraps in a fairly shady window on the north side of the house. So, as you can see, the success may vary. You can keep some in the kitchen window and use it in your morning eggs, or in your office, just for snacking.
In just 3 to 5 days, you will begin to see new growth come up. Well, when you notice that, you need to remove the produce as you need and leave the roots in the water to continually harvest your kitchen scrap crops. Note: make sure you change the water weekly to keep the plant healthy.
Well, we can say that lemongrass is similar to all other grasses and because of that, all you have to do is place the roots you cut off into a container with water and put them by a sunny window. We’ve noticed that the lemon grass is a little more dependent than green onions and it leeks from above.
And you will notice that after just 1 week, there should be some new growth from your lemongrass. So, when you have new growth, you’ll need to transplant the plant from the water into a pot with soil and put it back into the sunny window area. Note: make sure you wait until your lemongrass reaches a foot tall before you begin harvesting it. And, follow the same procedure like before. You need to cut off what you plan to use in the kitchen and allow the other roots to continue to sprout. Well, to be honest, it’s just like cutting your lawn – it will keep coming on if you keep it healthy and nourish it every day.
Growing Romaine Lettuce, Celery, Bok Choy & Cabbage
Well, it’s the same thing like the scallions. In order to grow your produce, you’ll need to take the white roots of these vegetables as well. Here’s what you need to do: cut of the stalks or leafs with an inch or more and place them into a bowl of water with the roots facing down. And, voila, you have started your own produce. You also need to be sure that the roots are in water, but you don’t want to submerge the entire plant. And, again, make sure you place the bowl with the plant near a sunny window and spray it with water 1-2 times every week, in order to keep the top of the plant moist.
Few days later, you will notice the roots and the leaves sprouting. After 7 to 10 days, you need to remove the plant from the water and you should plant it into soil with only the leaves above the soil. Your home produced plant will continue to grow and in just few weeks, you will have a new head ready plant to be harvested. But, if you want a completely different way to grow your plant, you can also try by planting it directly into the soil. Just skip the water staging step from before.Note: make sure you keep the soil from drying out. This is extremely important for the first week.
Well, we can also say that ginger is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. All you have to do is take a chunk of ginger from your kitchen scraps and place it into the soil. You need to be sure that the newest buds are facing up. Note: unlike the other plants we’ve mentioned before in this article, ginger will enjoy filtered light, rather than direct sunlight.
After just few weeks, you will begin to see new growth sprouting up of the soil and under the soil. The ginger roots will begin to sprawl out into the soil. And, when the ginger plant acclimates to its new home, you will be ready to harvest the next time you need ginger.
Here’s what you need to do: just pull the entire plant out of the soil and cut off the pieces you need for cooking, and just put back the rest into the soil, just like you did initially.
Here’s a ginger bonus: this plant also makes a great house plant. Even if ginger isn’t your favorite ingredient for cooking, you can still get some aesthetic value out of the plant.
Growing your own potatoes from kitchen scraps is a great way to keep more waste out of the garbage can. Well, we can say that you can grow any type of potato you like, just make sure the potato scrap has “eyes” growing on it. If you have potato that has strong presence of eyes, you can chop it up into 2 inch square pieces. And, you need to be sure that each potato piece has at least 1 – 2 eyes. When you’ve cut your potato into pieces, you need to leave them out in room temperature for a couple of days. You must leave the pieces to allow the cut surface area to dry out and become callous which will prevent the pieces from rotting in the ground.
When you are growing potatoes, you will need a very nutrient-rich soil. So, if you have compost, you need to be sure to incorporate some into your soil before you plant the potatoes. Note: when you are planting your potato cubes, make sure they are in the 8 inch depth range with the eyes facing the sky. And, when you back fill your cube, you need to place 4 inches over the potato cube and leave the other 4 inches empty. After some time, as your potato grows and the roots begin to appear – you need to make sure you add more soil.
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