Plants are really amazing, especially the ones that we can use them as food, and there is nothing better like having them always available in our home. These plants can serve as a decoration for our home, and at the same time used as fresh food.
You may think that you should buy seeds or seedling and thus have your own grown veggies or spices, well there is also another alternative and that is using scraps from certain types of vegetables and thus turning your kitchen or house into a small green garden.
In this way you will save time and money, moreover you will be sure that you use organic products.
Yet, not all veggies can be grown from scraps, only some of them. Nonetheless, it is great to have them in your kitchen and in this article we shall present eleven of them that can be grown from kitchen scraps and thus always have them fresh and available in your home.
12 Usable Scraps to Regrow Plants
1. Beet scraps
In order to grow beets you should use the tops of the beets, exactly where the leaves and stems join onto the root. All you need to do is to put the green tops in a container filled with water and in a matter of days the growing process will start. Once they are ready for harvest, use them, or simply transplant them back into the ground.
Basil is the favorite spice of many people and it can get re-grown by using plant cuttings. Put a stem of about 10cm or 4 inches into a glass of water, but ensure that the leaves are above the water level. Once the roots start to grow, transplant them into containers, or into your garden.
3. Clove Scraps for Garlic
Garlic can be grown in your home very easily as for its growing you need to use only a single clove and thus acquire an entire head of garlic. Yet, in order of the regrowing to be successful, you need to use organic garlic and opt for the large cloves that are commonly refereed as to Elephant garlic.
This veggie is highly beneficial for your body and considered to be one of the most powerful natural antibiotics on Earth. So, you should always have it in your home.
In order to plant it at home you need to put the end of the clove with the root down into the soil, just like any other bulb. The paper slip from the clove can stay, but make certain to position the pot in a warm part of the home with direct sunlight.
You can sprout celery in water and for that purpose you need to put the part of the celery where there are a few roots, and then dip it in a shallow dish securing it with twigs. In this way the root is always submerged. If it is used for a long time, eventually it should be transplanted into a soil.
They are regrown just like beets. Use around two inches of the end of vegetable and then submerge half of it in water in a shallow bowl. Put the bowl by the windowsill so that it gets enough sunlight and in one to two weeks the green leaves will flourish.
Put the leaves of lettuce in a bowl with a little water in the bottom. Position the bowl in a place where there is plenty of sunlight and every few days wash the leaves with water. In a few weeks the new roots should begin to grow along with new leaves. If you want to use it for a longer period of time transplant it into the soil.
Regrow onions by using their tops and then sticking them in a saucer of water. However, in order to prevent the possibility of rotting you should dry them off a little bit. Once, you notice small side roots, keep it in the water or plant it in your garden. Although some of the new produce may not acquire the perfect shape they still taste good in soups and other dishes.
You must have noticed the small indentations that can occur on your potatoes after left unused for a certain period of time; well they are used as shoots and can be replanted to grow new potato plants.
Set aside the potato scraps overnight so that they dry out a little bit and then plant them in the soil with the eyes facing up (indentations) just like planting the seed potatoes.
For these veggies you need to have a glass of water, potting soil, toothpicks, and some radishes. Make certain to remove some of the green leaves on the top, and then cut the radishes in halves. By using toothpicks, put the top half dangling over water, but not to submerge it completely. In a few weeks the roots will start to grow from the bottom. Once there are visible roots from the radishes transplant them in a pot of soil.
You can regrow rosemary from stem cuttings. After it has finished flowering, collect 6 to 8-inch stem cuttings. Make certain to remove the leaves from the lower half and then dip the cut ends in a glass of water. Place the glass on a warm place, and when the roots start growing, replant them in soil.
This is probably the easiest plant to regrow from scraps. For that purpose, you should cut off the root of the scallion, but make sure to leave around 1″ to 2″ of the stem, and then put them in a jar filled with water. For a longer harvest plant them in a soil.
12. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes can be regrown in water and for that you will need a shallow container filled with water and toothpicks. Cut them in halves and by using toothpicks or twigs suspend each half above a shallow container of water. The roots will appear after a few days, and also sprouts will grow out of the top of the pieces. Once the sprouts reach up to 10cm (4 inches in height), you should replant them in the soil in order to have a longer crop.