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12 Healthy Kitchen Scraps That You Can Easily Re-G...

12 Healthy Kitchen Scraps That You Can Easily Re-Grow At Home

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Looking for a way to save money this quarantine? Or are you trying to have a sustainable system to produce food for yourself? Perhaps it’s about time you grow some healthy greens and vegetables.

Did you know that you actually do this using kitchen scraps? In fact, it’s one of the best ways to cut your expenses and reduce waste. Plus, it’s super easy! Here are some of the best scraps you can try growing at home.

12 Kitchen Scraps You Can Grow at Home

Tomatoes

Start by separating the seeds and then rinsing it out. Allow to dry before putting them in a pot with soil. Keep indoors until you see it sprout a few inches tall, and then transfer it outdoors.

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Hot Peppers

Similar to the tomatoes, just harvest the hot pepper seeds but, this time, don’t wash it out. Instead, plant them directly in soil and place them in a sunny area.

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Garlic

You can start by directly planting either just the budding cloves or whole bulb in soil with full sun. Always remember to keep the soil moist every day and wait for it to multiply! You’ll know it’s ready when you see the tall stalks that have sprouted from it.

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Onions

Cut a one-inch piece off the bottom of the onion and use the rest for cooking. Set it in a bowl of shallow water with the root end submerged. Allow its roots to grow before transferring it in soil.

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Ginger

Pull off a piece of fresh ginger and place it in moist potting soil with the smallest buds facing up. It’s best not to place it directly in the sunlight as you wait for it to spread out.

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Cabbage

Place leftover cabbage bottom in a bowl with a small amount of water. Put the bowl in direct sunlight and remember to change the water every few days. When the roots and new leaves start to appear, you can then transplant it into the soil and wait for it to fully grow.

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Lemongrass

Start by cutting off the tops of the lemongrass bunch. Pour water in a jar or tall glass and place the stalks in there. Remember to replace the water every couple of days. When you start noticing a “string root” growth, transfer it into the soil.

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Romaine Lettuce

Cut off the top of the romaine lettuce and leave just a couple of inches from the base. Place the bottom of romaine heart in about ½ inch of water and remember to change it every day. Put in it a sunlit area and see it sprout. The outer leaves will also start to die, so don’t panic and just remove them. Once it looks a bit grown, plant your romaine in your garden.

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Celery

Start by cutting the celery bunch for about two inches from the bottom. And then place the white base on a shallow bowl. Add just one-inch water (be careful not to put too much) and wait for the roots and leaves to grow. After about a week or so, you can then transfer it in soil with only its leaves above the surface.

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Basil

Strip most of its leaves and cut its stems for about four inches long. Place them in a glass of water and leave it in a bright area. Replace the water every other day. One the roots are about two inches long, you can then transplant it into some soil.

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Potatoes

If you have large potatoes, start by cutting them into two pieces. If you have the small ones, you can plant them whole. Regardless, it’s crucial that they still have a couple of eyes on each piece. Let them sit and dry out overnight or even for a day to prevent rotting. And then, plant them one foot apart in about 8 inches of soil.

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Pumpkins

Salvage its seeds and spread them out in a sunny area. Once dry, just put it directly in soil and wait for it to grow.

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And there you have it, the 12 different food scraps that you can easily re-grow! Save money from now on by salvaging these scraps and start growing your food! Happy planting!

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Khryss is a Psychology graduate turned freelance writer who's passionate about personal growth and helping people become the best version of themselves. Reach her at khryssaustria@gmail.com.

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