10 foods you can grow from scraps

If you're the one who does the fam­ily shop­ping, you would have no­ticed that food prices con­tinue to in­crease. Fruit and veg­eta­bles have be­come very pricey, and buy­ing av­o­ca­dos feels scan­dalous! The good news, how­ever, is that in New Zealand’s cli­mate, som

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1.Root veg­eta­bles – Save the tops of root veg­eta­bles you'd like to re-grow. Place in wa­ter and al­low to re-root. This works with beets, parsnips, and turnips. Car­rots are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. While you can’t re-grow a car­rot from left­over car­rot, you can plant a piece and grow some lovely green car­rot tops - great as house­plants, or to eat in a salad.

Herbs – Basil and co­rian­der can be grown from small stalks placed in wa­ter un­til roots form.

Bean sprouts – Soak beans in a jar with shal­low wa­ter. Leave this overnight and in the morn­ing, drain the wa­ter and put the beans back in the con­tainer. Cover the con­tainer with a towel overnight and rinse them the next morn­ing. Keep do­ing this un­til the sprouts are the size you want.­ily DIY

Cel­ery – Sim­ply cut off the bot­tom and place in wa­ter un­til new shoots ar­rive, then re-plant.

Ginger – Plant a spare piece of ginger, mak­ing sure that the buds are fac­ing up. You will no­tice new shoots and roots in about a week or so and once this hap­pens, you can pull it up and use it again. Re­mem­ber to save a bit for the next re-plant.

Onions – Onions can be grown both in­doors and out­doors. Sim­ply cut off the roots with a bit of onion on top, and plant in a sunny spot.

Gar­lic – Gar­lic can be grown from just one clove. Sim­ply plant it in pot­ting soil with the roots fac­ing down. Gar­lic likes plenty of di­rect sun­light, so in warmer weather, keep it out­doors in the sun dur­ing the day. Once you no­tice new shoots, cut them back and your plant will pro­duce a bulb.

Let­tuces – in­clud­ing bok choy, kale, and cab­bage. In­stead of toss­ing out left­over leaves, place in a con­tainer of wa­ter near sun­light un­til roots form. They are then ready for plant­ing.

Kumara – Sweet pota­toes can be grown much like reg­u­lar ones. Cut in half and sus­pend us­ing tooth­picks above a con­tainer of shal­low wa­ter. Let the roots and spouts grow awhile. Af­ter the sprouts are sev­eral cen­time­tres long, twist them off and place them in a con­tainer of wa­ter. Af­ter roots de­velop from the sprouts, you can plant them in soil.

10.Pota­toes – Pota­toes can be grown from peel­ings - just make sure each peel has a few eyes on it. Al­low them to dry overnight and sim­ply plant them in soil, with eyes fac­ing up.

You can also grow plants from seeds you find in pep­pers, pump­kins, toma­toes, peaches, lemons, ap­ples, and cher­ries. Fruit trees take a bit longer to pro­duce fruit, but they are worth hav­ing with a bit of pa­tience. Make sure all these seeds are com­pletely dried out be­fore you plant them.

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