Real Foods You Can Re-grow from Scraps to Get Endless Supply

We all agree that foods are expensive. So, why buying when you can grow certain foods yourself?

Look no further than your own trash bin and grow them from scraps that you would normally throw away. And the good news is; you only need a jar and some water to get started. Reduce waste, save money, and provide your own nutrition by growing your own real foods.

Here are some real foods that you can re-grow from scraps to get endless supply:

Avocado
Clean avocado seeds under cold water and towel off. Push 4 toothpicks into the seed spaced evenly apart and use them to balance the seed over a wide-mouthed jar or dish. Make sure the seed is pointy-side-up.

Fill the dish or jar with enough water that the seed is half submerged. Place the jar in a sunlit area, and change the water daily. After 3-6 weeks the seed will split. After several more weeks a stem will begin to grow.

In approximately 3 months your tree will be about 7 inches tall. Plant it in a 10-inch pot that has adequate drainage.

Not every seed will produce roots, so it’s best to start with 2 or 3 at once.

Pineapple
Choose a pineapple with green, fresh leaves. Remove the top of the pineapple by twisting it off. Peel back any leaves around the base so the bottom layers are exposed. Finally, cut off just the tip of the base, being sure to remove any excess fruit.

Insert a few toothpicks to hold the pineapple above a container filled with water. Keep the container in direct sunlight. If it is warm outside, sit it on the porch or deck during the day and bring it in at night. Remember to change the water every other day or so and keep the container filled so that it reaches just about the base.

You will notice roots in about a week or so and once they are formed you can transplant into potting soil. If you live in a cooler area, it is best to grow your pineapple indoors. It can take up to two years for a re-planted pineapple top to bear fruit.

Carrot Greens
Place a carrot top in a bowl cut-side down and fill the bowl with about an inch of water -- enough to half-cover the tops. Place the dish on a sunny windowsill. Change the water daily.

Eventually the tops will sprout shoots -- when they do, plant them in soil. Careful not to cover the new shoots. Harvest the greens to taste -- pull earlier for baby-greens or wait longer for full-grown.

Celery
Cut off the very bottom of your celery and lay it in a bowl with a little bit of warm water. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight for as long as possible each day. After a week, the leaves will begin to thicken and grow along the base. Once the leaves start growing, transplant your celery into soil and it will grow to full size.

Lettuce, Bok Choy and Cabbage
Lettuce, Bok Choy and cabbage are relatively easy to grow from scraps. Instead of throwing out those leftover leaves, simply place them in a bowl with just a bit of water in the bottom. Keep the bowl somewhere that gets good sunlight and mist the leaves with water a couple of times each week. After 3 or 4 days, you will notice roots beginning to appear along with new leaves. When this happens you can transplant them in soil.

Hot Pepper
Harvest the seeds from your favorite spicy peppers and plant them in soil in a sunny area. Peppers tend to grow fast. Once you have a new crop, save the seeds so you can repeat the process.

Garlic
Garlic is really easy to grow and can be done from just one clove. Place a budding in a small cup, bowl, or jar. Add water until it covers the bottom of the container and touches the bottom of the cloves. Be careful not to submerge the cloves in order to avoid rot. Change the water every other day and place in a sunny area.

After a few days, the clove or bulb will start to produce roots. Sprouts may grow as long as 10 inches, but snip off the greens once they’re around 3 inches tall. Just be sure not to remove more than one-third of each sprout at one time.

Onion
Simply place an onion, bottom in the ground and it will start re-growing roots. Once roots appear, remove the old onion bottom and allow the roots to continue growing. Harvest onions when fully grown.

Ginger
Pull off a piece of ginger from a fresh chunk and place it in potting soil with the smallest buds facedown.

Place the ginger in soil that receives only indirect sunlight and in a few days the ginger will grow new shoots and roots.

When it’s time to harvest, pull up the entire plant, roots and all. You can remove a piece of the rhizome (the underground part) and replant it to continue growing.

Cilantro
Cilantro can re-grow roots and grow new plants once replanted. Simply place cilantro stems in a bowl of water, put the bowl in a sunny area, and change the water every other day.

Once the stems sprout plenty of roots, plant them in a pot. Expect new shoots to come up in a few weeks. In a few months, you’ll have a full-grown plant. Harvest leaves as needed, but be sure not to strip a stem of all its leaves at one time.

Basil
Select several 4-inch stems from a bunch of basil. Then strip all leaves from about 75 percent of each stem with a sharp knife. Put the stems in a jar of water and place in a sunny (but not too hot) location. Change the water every other day. You’ll soon notice new roots form along the stems. When the roots grow to about 2 inches in length, plant the individual stems in a 4-inch pot.

photo: icreativeideas.com

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