Save money, boost your garden produce, or just have fun with it! Here are some simple ways to re-sprout your table scraps
This useful video by Nutritional Anarchy shows how you can save old table scraps to regrow vegetables easily on your kitchen windowsill.
– Spring Onions are a wonderful choice because they are so easy, grow back in full in about a week, spruce up window space and add flavor to any number of dishes and soups. Simply place the onion root in a jar of water and watch it grow, as shown on the video.
– Celery can also be regrown after the useful and nutritious stalks are juiced, tossed into a salad or chopped into a stir fry.
– Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, and Yams: These root vegetables can regrow potentially massive amounts of nutritious foods after the eyes sprout. Nutritional Anarchy reports: ‘We put ours in a stick over water in the windowsill, while some prefer to quietly sprout them in a paper bag in a dark closet. Whatever you do, this one HAS to be organic or it likely won’t sprout, as most potato producers today add a pesticide (like BudNip) to shutdown the sprouts. Some beginning organic gardeners have reported growing up to 50 pounds of potatoes from one round tuber… we’re not there yet, but will certainly give it a try this fall.’
– Ginger and Garlic: Quite a few root vegetables can be regrown from sprouts, and these healthy and strongly flavored foods are no different. Wait until a good healthy piece starts budding, encourage it with some windowsill light, then when its ready, pot it in some soil and give it some time – ginger could take up to 10 months, but it’s very easy and worth it.
– Onions: regular onions can be re-sprouted from a leftover base, then grown back to full size in some soil.
– Pineapple: You can regrow a lot of foods from scrap, and many people report re-growing pineapple. While it is feasible, it certainly looks like a lot of work – once it sprouts, it must be planted and may take several years to produce. But, maybe that’s just what you want to do. The secret, as ever, is in experimentation!
These methods are great for gardeners who want to transplant into their vegetable plots at a later date to boost production and make sure you have a steady flow of produce all year round. It’s also a great activity to do with kids, showing them where their food comes from and how it grows (glass jars and old milk cartons beat soil hands down for this!) You’ll also save a ton of money, and home-grown vegetables are always healthier (and tastier) than shop-bought produce. Thanks to Nutritional Anarchy for this awesome idea, you can visit their website here.
Have you tried any of these methods, or experimented with other types of fruit and vegetables? How did they work out for you? Let us know in the comments section!
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