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
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.
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.