How to Grow Plants from Kitchen Scraps

Growing Plants From Kitchen Scraps

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Purchasing natural and organic produce from the grocery store is not cheap! Imagine growing food from the waste in your very own kitchen, and then read the tips in this article to start doing so today!

Foods That Can be Grown From Scraps

Avocado

Avocados are quite pricey, selling for as much as one dollar each in certain parts of the country. Those that have the space for it, can grow their own avocado plant from just a single pit; others can simply grow a houseplant. After you pitted the avocado, wash the pit and use three toothpicks to suspend it horizontally above a glass or cup with water in it. The water should cover about one inch of the seed. The glass should be in a warm place out of direct sunlight, and water should be added to maintain the right level.

In the next few weeks (up to six), you should notice a stem and roots sprouting. Wait until the stem is about six inches long, and cut half of it off. Wait for the roots to thicken and grow leaves again, and plant the seed in rich humus soil in a pot that is about 10 inches deep. The seed should be half covered, and watered often. The pot should be left out in direct sunlight, and cut by 50 percent when the stem reaches 12 inches.

Patience is key when waiting for the fruit to grow from a seed, as it can take from five to 13 years to grow fruit!

Green Onions

Green onions are one of the easiest plants to regrow from scraps. Simply use the green stems, and stick the white roots in a glass of water in a sunny area. Watch as the green onions regrow taller and taller. You can continue to cut them off and leave the roots to regrow, as long as you change the water every few days. Alternatively, you can place the roots in soil; it would have the same effect.

Cabbage/ Lettuce

If after making a salad you have a few leaves of cabbage or lettuce left over, don’t toss them. Instead, put the leaves in a cup or plate filled with water, and place it in a sunny spot. After a few days, when roots have formed, replant the leaves in soil to magically grow new greens!

Potatoes

While it may be time consuming to peel potatoes, the peels can be used to grow new potatoes. Take a peeling that is a couple of inches long and has a few “eyes” on it. Make sure it is dry, and plant it in soil with the eyes looking up. Within a few weeks, a potato plant will emerge.

Garlic

Would giving up one garlic clove for a whole bulb be a good deal? If so, plant a clove roots down into soil in direct sunlight. Trim the shoots once they emerge, and wait for a new bulb to grow.

Peppers

Peppers can be regrown from seeds over and over again. After cleaning seeds, plant them in a warm and sunny area, and wait for new peppers to grow. Once you clean those, replant the seeds again and again for new peppers free of charge!

Basil

Basil doesn’t last long when you purchase it in a store, but having a living basil plant from which you can cut leaves on an as-needed basis would allow you to always have basil on hand. Cut a four-inch stem from a leaf node (area where new leaves grow) with a sharp knife. Remove leaves from 75 percent of the stem and leave it in a glass of water in a sunny spot. Wait for roots to emerge, and change the water every two days. Once the roots have grown to two-inches, place them in individual pots with potting compost. Leave them in direct sun, and water.

Unless you invest in purchasing organic food, you don’t know what pesticides and toxins are added to the crops you and your family eat. This is why growing your own plants from kitchen scraps is an affordable and smart idea! You can be sure that you know where your food comes from, and you can have access to healthy fruit and vegetables whenever you need them! To grow your crops faster and to help them produce fruit and grow more abundant, remember to add PlantCatalyst® along with a fertilizer or nutrient you typically use. This will help you cut down on fertilizer and water usage, while promoting your plant’s health and longevity!

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