This week is pretty nutty.. My daughter turned 4 yesterday and her birthday is on Saturday. I have been blessed and cursed with a creative spirit. It is soo fun coming up with all of the ideas and making a big party, but….. it’s a huge party for a 4 year old haha. I just can’t help myself though, so this week I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off making sure it’s perfect. Ill post pictures later! 2 words… Monster Trucks! Woo!!
Anyway, so I’ve read a lot about how to grow your own veggies from the unused portions that you usually discard! I’ve never tried though until the other night we were at my in-laws and she mentioned she was going to grow back her romaine lettuce!
I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to track the results and share them with you! We went over there tonight and guess what… It’s growing!!
Here is what we started with.
Just cut off the leaves that we used and set the base of the lettuce in water! This was taken on Sept 13th! We put it in the window sill and let it work its little growing magic!
2 days later… Today Sept 15, this is what we have..
ITS GROWING!!!! How stinkin cool is that!?!?
You can do this with other veggies too!
–Lettuce- Any lettuce, bok choy or cabbage you can grow it easily. Take the left over scrap and place in water…Make sure it gets plenty of water and keeping the leaves misted with water a couple times throughout the week. Leaves will start to sprout within a couple days. You can grow it back in the water or you can transplant it into soil if you wish.
-Celery– Once again one of the easiest. Place the scrap in a bowl with a little warm water in the bottom. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight for about a week. Once you see the leaves thickening at the base, you can transplant the celery to soil and it’ll grow to full length.
-Lemongrass– Place the leftover root in a glass bowl or jar with just enough water to cover it and leave it in the sunlight. After a week, you will see the new growth and then transplant it into soil to grow like regular grass.
-Bean Sprouts– Keep about a tablespoon of beans and place in a jar with shallow water. Leave overnight and drain the water off in the morning. Place the beans back into the container. Cover the container with a towel overnight and rinse the next morning. Keep doing this daily until they start to sprout and reach the size you desire.
-Potatoes– Potatoes can be grown by just using the peelings! They just need the eyes! Cut the peelings into two inch pieces, just make sure each piece has at least 2 eyes on them. Allow them to dry out overnight and then plant them into soil about 4 inches deep. Make sure the eyes are facing upward! It’ll take a few weeks but your potato plant will start to grow.
-Sweet Potatoes– Cut the sweet potato in half and suspend it over water using toothpicks to hold it up in a jar. Roots will grow and sprouts will form on top within a couple of days. Once the sprouts grow to be about four inches in length, twist them off and place in water. When the roots in the container get to be about an inch, plant them in soil. Watch it grow!
-Pineapple– Take the stop and insert some toothpicks and suspend the top over a container with water with the water just about reaches the base. Change the water every 2 days. Once roots start to grow, transplant it into the soil. If it’s cold outside, plant it indoors.
-Peppers– You can grow any peppers by just planting the seeds and keep the planted soil in direct sunlight. They grow pretty fast and don’t take a lot of care. Once you get peppers grown, save the seeds to plant again.
-Tomatoes– Just like peppers, you just need the seeds. Rinse your seeds and plant in soil. Once you notice growth and its a few inches high you can transplant them outdoors if you wish. They love plenty of sunshine and warmth. Water a few times a week.
-Herbs….Basil, Cilantro etc– Most herbs can be grown by taking a long stem with some leaves and placing it in a glass of water. Leave it in a bright area and it’ll start to sprout roots. When the roots grow a couple inches long you can transplant it into soil.
-Fruit– Most fruit can be grown by planting the seeds. However all take their own care on how to either germinate the seeds/pits or dry them out before planting. Either way, it takes years to grow fruit trees, but once they are grown and fruitful, you can have it forever!
There ya have it for just a few! Enough to get you started on your growing scraps! If you have any other tips or tricks on regrowing your food, share down in the comments!
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