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Easy Gardening: Growing Vegetables Plants from Kitchen Scraps!

Updated on January 7, 2017
Grow vegetables from Your Kitchen Scraps!
Grow vegetables from Your Kitchen Scraps! | Source


When people start thinking about growing some of their own vegetables at home, the task can seem simple at first, I mean how hard can it be to put a plant in the ground, water it and then enjoy the bountiful harvest of a fully operational farm? Yeah, not so much! Although a wonderful dream, to get the bountiful harvest of your dreams, it takes a lot of space, work and time! With that said there are millions of small tricks that can make growing vegetables a little easier. One way is to use kitchen scraps to grow plants! Yes a lot of foods you disregard as not edible and/or trash can in fact grow into a plant and give you more fruits and vegetables! It is an alternative way of growing a vegetable garden then growing from seed or buying a bunch of plants.


Celery Growth

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place the celery in a cup of water and wait for roots to grow, I refresh the water every few days.  Once the roots are healthy enough and the weather warm enough you can plant!so far (as of May 21, 2012) i have planted two celery plants that I grew from scraps.  They are small plants so they can grow in a garden bed or like I did in a large pot.  The celery is really starting to take off! celery as of June 5, 2012, it growing pretty well, I still think it's crazy that this plant came from the scraps in my kitchen!Over the weekend on June 23rd I cut a few of the stalks from my celery plant! we need just a little celery to cut up in potato salad and boy were the pieces green,, crisp and delicious!
place the celery in a cup of water and wait for roots to grow, I refresh the water every few days.
place the celery in a cup of water and wait for roots to grow, I refresh the water every few days. | Source
Once the roots are healthy enough and the weather warm enough you can plant!
Once the roots are healthy enough and the weather warm enough you can plant! | Source
so far (as of May 21, 2012) i have planted two celery plants that I grew from scraps.  They are small plants so they can grow in a garden bed or like I did in a large pot.
so far (as of May 21, 2012) i have planted two celery plants that I grew from scraps. They are small plants so they can grow in a garden bed or like I did in a large pot. | Source
The celery is really starting to take off!
The celery is really starting to take off! | Source
celery as of June 5, 2012, it growing pretty well, I still think it's crazy that this plant came from the scraps in my kitchen!
celery as of June 5, 2012, it growing pretty well, I still think it's crazy that this plant came from the scraps in my kitchen! | Source
Over the weekend on June 23rd I cut a few of the stalks from my celery plant! we need just a little celery to cut up in potato salad and boy were the pieces green,, crisp and delicious!
Over the weekend on June 23rd I cut a few of the stalks from my celery plant! we need just a little celery to cut up in potato salad and boy were the pieces green,, crisp and delicious! | Source

What about Seeds!

You can gather seeds too!!

You can gather seeds of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and peppers that will grow plants. Heirloom varieties are the best because they will reproduce the fruit just as tasty as the original!


Compost for your Kitchen Scraps!

Although many of your kitchen scraps are being saved from the compost pile, don't forget to add some compost to your new plants to give them a little boost! Learn how to compost or Revive Your Compost Pile!

My Experience...


I’ve had my own vegetable garden for a few years now and I’m always looking for new ways to improve the harvest and balance the ecosystem of the garden. I believe that EVERYONE should grow some of their own food, even if it’s just one herb plant or one tomato plant! So with the unusually warm weather at the end of winter and beginning of spring my ambitions, and free time, were thrust into thinking/researching my vegetable garden. In the process I came across a blog that talked about growing celery plants from the discarded bottom of a celery stalk. At first I was skeptical but also intrigued. I had never thought of growing celery before but after doing some more reading and watching a few videos on YouTube to authenticate the idea, I decided to try it myself. It really was very simple. About a week later after using a stalk of celery for some soup and appetizers I decided to try it! If it didn’t work it was no loss of time or money to me! I cut the stalk down to the bottom and simply placed it in a small plastic bowl with a little bit of water. I placed it on the windowsill and basically forgot about it. Every few days I would check on it and change the water but within a week I noticed the top center of the celery, where the stalks use to be was rising! A few more days and they were definitely rising. Then one day when changing the water I noticed small white roots growing out of the bottom! It was working; growing from scraps was actually working! I waited a few more weeks before transplanting the celery outside due to cooler weather and in the mean time I started a second celery plant in a different bowl, this one also began to grow! Finally on the last week of April when temps had warm enough and the threat of frost seemed about gone I planted both stalks in a pot on my back deck. They are growing bigger each day and in a few months will have fresh celery stalks from my backyard!!


Celery isn’t the only vegetable I’ve been able to use kitchen scraps to grow! Last year I stumbled across growing potatoes. We had a bag of potatoes that got lost in the pantry, when we found them they had begun to spud, so without thinking I throw them into my compost bin. For the next two months I was pulling foot long sprouts out of my compost bin, each one anchored by a chunk of potatoes! I decided to plant them in mounds and in pots as an experiment and to my surprise I actually got some potatoes, granted they weren’t that big but then again I didn’t really give them the room they needed either.


Another fun kitchen scrap to recycle is the top of pineapple! Yes pineapple! This one I have yet to successfully do and from what I have learned can be very time consuming, taking at least eight months of bright sunshine to grow fruit. Like the celery you take the top of the pineapple, where the leaves are, and pull it off, and then you pull some of the bottom leaves off and place in water till it takes root. Once the roots appear you can plant it in a pot. Growing pineapple may be more difficult because it is a tropical plant that needs warm sunshine for a long time, which isn’t available naturally in the northern latitudes. Never the less it can be accomplished and in fact can be very fun!


Finally I have to mention sweet potatoes because as I was growing the celery and researching what other kitchen scraps I could use to grow food, my favorite show NBC’s Community had a Law and Order inspired episode where the infamous study group had to investigate who killed their science project. The project, growing a sweet potato plant from a sweet potato!


NBC Community Growing Sweet Potatoes

Joel McHale holding up the sweet potatoe plant as evidence in NBC's Community paradoy episode of Law and Order! Growing plants from sweet potatoes!
Joel McHale holding up the sweet potatoe plant as evidence in NBC's Community paradoy episode of Law and Order! Growing plants from sweet potatoes! | Source

Benefits!

Benefits:

-less garbage/waste in your trash

-real cost of the food you bought goes down because you are getting not only another plant out of it but also more vegetables

-alternative to starting a garden

-Fun experiment, especially for Kids!!


Other Food Scraps to Grow!!

Some of the vegetables and fruit that can be grown from scraps include:

Carrots

Beets

Turnips

Rutabagas

Garlic

Ginger



So take a moment and look at the kitchen scraps you throw into your compost bin…do they have any seeds? Do you ever find plants growing out of your compost pile? Has the scrap ever grown any shoots off of it? If you say yes to any of those questions then you may have a vegetable scrap that can be used in your back garden!


Easy way to grow vegetables from kitchen scraps!
Easy way to grow vegetables from kitchen scraps! | Source

Commenters growing Scraps!

Im thrilled by all the comments i've gotten about this hub and the plethora of knowledge people are willing to share! It is truly amazing! So here is a list of some of the other kitchen scraps readers are planting and growing!!!!

  • sweet white onions

  • green onions

  • scallions

  • red onions

  • chives

  • red cabbage

  • romaine lettuce

  • avocado

  • lemon Tree

  • potatoes

  • pineapple

  • Jerusalem artichokes

  • mangoes

  • apples

Have you grown anything from kitchen scraps?

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    • rebekahELLE profile image

      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      What an awesome idea! I have never tried this with celery nor been successful with the pineapple, but I'm going to give it a try. Another benefit is the lack of pesticide residue which accumulates on much of our produce, celery being one of the top foods to eat organically because of the residue. I love the way you've shared your experience and made it educational at the same time. Great photos. Your celery looks so healthy.

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      plussizepixie 5 years ago

      As kids we used to grow carrot tops on the kitchen windowsill in a saucer.

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks rebekahELLE im glad you're going to give it a try, the celery is doing really well and I have a third one starting to root in a plastic bowl right now! Hopefully I'll update with more photos as they grow!

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      i read that you can grow carrot tops like that but haven't tried it yet! thanks for the comment plussizepixie!

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      Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I didn't know you could grow celery this way. I am definitely going to try this!

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Yeah i was surprised too savingkathy! and its so easy to get it to root and grow again, then all you need is a pot to transplant it in and you're all set!

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      lupine 5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Great Idea! I will try growing celery since I use it a lot. Saves money! Thanks.

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      Brian Dooling 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks lupine! I'm glad you and so many others are finding this helpful!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Definitely something to keep in mind--thanks!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I try to pant as many fruits and vegetables in the yard. I've planted ginger and garlic from scraps. I also keep seeds from fruits and plant them all around. I'm currently growing tomatoes and lemon from seeds.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Jpcmc how did the garlic work out for you? We don't use much fresh garlic in my house but next time we do I want to try planting some! Thanks for sharing what you do!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I actually left several cloves in a basket and it germinated. No work needed. :)

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      Christy Patton 4 years ago

      I've grown sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, and now I'm onto garlic! All were sweet accidents.

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      gardeningnurse 4 years ago

      Yes, I would get plants out of the compost pile when something good grew, usually tomatoes, squash, and peppers. I supplemented the garden with them regularly. Our best unintentional garden plants from the kitchen was when the pipe under the sink drain went. The hubby temporarily routed the grey water out a hose till he could get the plumbing repaired. Lo and behold, all those seeds that washed down the sink grew when they ended up on the ground outside. They were probably fertilized by other waste from the kitchen drain as well as frequently watered! The tomatoes and peppers from that were like they were on steroids and grew to be between 5 and 8 feet tall!

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      sue v 4 years ago

      currently growing celery, I am pleasantly surprised by how quickly it started growing

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      Arielle 4 years ago

      I'm currently growing winter squash from leftover seeds! I saved seeds from a spaghetti squash for a few weeks, and then started them in little pots. Right now I have three robust squash plants from the seeds, all of which are growing flower buds! I'm really excited to see if they fruit :)

      This year I'm also growing dragonfruit plants (the bright pink fruits you see in Asian markets), but those are succulents and grow incredibly slowly. They've only grown to be about an inch in height but it's still amazing to me that I grew those from tiny seeds.

      And I had the same thing happen to me with potatoes! They sprouted in the pantry so I tossed them into some soil. Now they have grown huge! I can't wait to dig out my new potato crop!

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      AW 4 years ago

      Pineapple and sweet potato, now will do onions (already sprouted) and rubbery carrots. The pineapple is doing well, the sweet potatoes are extremely vigorous as well as beautiful.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks for all the comments and so many from outside the Hubpages community! your comments add value to my article! thanks

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      RoxiM 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I've grown many plants from kitchen scraps. Years ago someone gave me a book called "Starting from Scratch." It had lots of different ideas for plants you could grow from scraps, so I experimented. I've grown Jerusalem artichokes (see my hub), sweet potatoes, mangoes and pineapples (no fruits, though), avocado, ginger, chives, garlic, and apples. Many of the fruiting plants didn't actually bear, probably because they're tropical. The apples never survived long enough to fruit, but most of the herbs and veggies did well.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      That's really cool RoxiM I'll have to look up your hub! That book sounds interesting and useful, thanks for the comment!

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      RoxiM 4 years ago from West Virginia

      The book is out of print, but it's available used on Half.com: http://product.half.ebay.com/Starting-from-Scratch...

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      Donna 4 years ago

      I've just recently started growing sweet potatoes, avocado, mangos, peaches, apples, pineapple and onions. I'm about to plant my ginger. Living in Florida, I don't expect the apples will do well, I will bring them inside for winter and in spring I will give them to friends up north to plant. The rest I expect will do well in my climate zone 9B

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is so cool! I can't wait to try it! I will share this!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      My husband is gonna eat this article up! Great ideas for wanna-be foodie's turned gardeners :)

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Fantastic Hub! Voted up and shared! We planted some veggies this year, but Central Florida has been having some serious rain, and my veggies have been flooded like 4 times now. I'm surprised they're still alive! So this will be a great idea to be able to grow more inside where I can control how much water they get, and Mother Nature can't drown them lol.

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      God is dead 4 years ago

      This is something very impressive and unique, I haven't seen people coming up with such good ideas. Thanks for this "Thumbs up" And I shall share it.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment and share Angela!

      Thanks Julie! I think it's a good first step for new gardners!

      I've been having a similar problem up here in CT Daughter of Maat, of course not to the extent of tropical rains like yours but it's been very cloudy and showery up here, but the suns out today and should be beautiful all weekend! Thanks for the comment!

      Thanks God is Dead! You''re very kind, thanks for the vote up and share!

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      rbm 4 years ago

      Great hub! I've grown celery this way as well, but noticed that the stalks that grew out of the base soon went to seed. I had a whole planter box full of celery plants, half of them I had grown from seed and the other ones from cut-off chunks that I had simply stuck in the soil (more or less as an experiment). Only the ones grown from seed developed into real celery plants. How about yours, did they do the same thing after a few weeks?

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Hey rbm thanks for the comment! The celery I grew from scraps got pretty big, although the stalks never got too thick, they were perfect to dice up and use in potato salad or tuna salad! They've died back a bit now but I'm thinking that's because I have them on my deck where it's very hot and sunny. I haven't gotten any seeds yet but still consider my experiment to be a success!

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      rbm 4 years ago

      That's great, good for you! I may repeat my experiment in that case, maybe I'll have more luck next time. :) Thanks!

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      sophie 4 years ago

      I have started to grow bok choi ( chinese spinich) from the left over stalk and it is extremely easy and quick. Just cut off the bottom and place on the soil.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the suggestion Sophie!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I did it as an experiment, yet was surprised to be able to grow peppers from seeds. I just threw the seeds into the ground and watered every day until they sprouted. I honestly didn't think it would work, but it did. Now, I think I'm going to try some of your suggestions, especially the celery idea. I eat a lot of celery, so that will save me some serious money. Thank you.

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      Amy P. 4 years ago

      I'm currently "regrowing" my green onions by placing the roots in a cup of water :)

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Growing food scraps! That is about the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I'm going to have to think up a celery, pineapple and sweet potato dish just to get started! Voted up, useful and funny!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm glad you enjoyed it Letitialicious! Thanks for the comment and good luck!

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      Daisy 4 years ago

      I have regrown potato ,sweet potato,celery,green onions and lettuce..I love to garden and recycle/ reuse..my husband laughs at me because I have been using the same green onions for the last several months..I have them in glasses on my window sill with the roots in water..I change the water every few days and trim them down about once or twice a week(they grow fast)..cuttings I don't use, I freeze..I am always looking for new things I can regrow from scraps..your sight was very helpful..thanks for sharing

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks daisy for taking the time to leave a comment! That's so cool about the green onions!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      I am delighted while reading this. Very interesting a helpful hub, next time I won't throw those scraps away! Thanks for posting. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I just had to come back to let you know that I started growing a celery plant from scraps and, wow! It's growing like crazy. I'm really happy. Now, I'm excited about other things I can grow instead of throw. I already started a garlic plant to see what will happen. What a great hub. Thank you for sharing your growing experience with us.

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Sweet potatoes as a kid and avacado plants from the seed of the avacado.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      im glad you enjoyed it iguidenetwork! thanks for leaving a comment!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      That's awesome MarleneB ! I bet the garlic will do great! and thank for sharing your experience as well!!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment Duchessoflilac1! I would love to try to grow avacados but I don't think i have a warm enough climate for it.

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      whalefeather2 4 years ago

      I grew a plant from pineapple top. Have done the sweet potatoes also makes a cool vine plant.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Very cool whalefeather2 thanks for the comment!

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      lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      I will try the pineapple. I tried avocado and mango from seed, they grew about 18" in a pot, then planted in the ground, didn't do well, probably not warm enough.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So glad to find this! I already through sprouting potatoes in the ground and I keep the bottom of celery stalks to cook and make veggie broth, which I rarely get around to but I will certainly stick the next in some water! I bought too many turnips a couple weeks ago and now I am getting turnip greens! Who knew?

      Great hub, I will be back! Up and sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Good idea and I have grown some never tried celery. My Dad use to bring me baby trees he had started from a black walnut. Our windowsell use to have sweet potato and avocados on them. Voted uP!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Great hub! I kept some beets in water this spring in the kitchen and kept harvesting the greens for a salad. I loved how quickly they would grew back. I think I may try it again this winter along with some of the others you've listed for a nice set of continual fresh greens in the cold winter months. Thanks for a great article.

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 4 years ago from Florida

      I knew it! I was trying to figure out how to do this very thing, but my cousin, who is somewhat of a plant expert, told me it was not possible. I am in the middle of reading this, but I just had to comment before I'm kicked offline by the university's system.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Jackie Lynnley! And thanks for sharing!

      Thanks for the comment moonlake I didn't even think about the trees you could get from edible nuts! That's awesome!

      Great idea Kris Heeter, so cool that you got a steady supply of greens, I definitely have to try that ! Thanks for sharing!

      Etheralenigma thanks for the comment and yes it can be done, however you aren't guaranteed the same produce every time depending on what type of plant it was originally but as all the comments show it does work for some scraps!

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 4 years ago from Florida

      whalefeather2 mentioned growing a pineapple from a pineapple top. I know this can be done, but does anyone have some do's & don'ts on this? I've tried twice already, but it seems like I keep over watering it, and it dies. How is this done?

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I haven't tried pineapple yet but I know it takes something like 8-10 months to grow so living in CT it's impossible for me right now to get sunny and warm temps to get full growth, of course if I had a greenhouse it would be different...

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 4 years ago from Florida

      What about potatoes & sweet potatoes? I read how most people were putting the scraps in water. Is it scraps in this case too, and in water as well, or are they simply planting a potato in the ground?

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm working on a green onion and thyme. I haven't changed the water yet. Wish me luck!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Good luck stillwaters707!

      Etherealenigma you can do it both ways, people have thrown their potatoes in compost bin and found plants growing or like in the episode of NBC's Community I mentioned in the article you can stick on end of a sweet potato in water and it will grow roots and leaves!

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You can tell this is a great idea from all the comments. This is something worth trying. I know potatoes will even grow from the peels alone and the possibilities for other vegetables must be endless. Will share this!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Emmanuel Kariuki!

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      LiamPGH 4 years ago

      Ive grown scallions, white and red onions, garlic, pineapple, potatoes, peppers and tomatoes so far. Gonna try carrots, beets, and rutabaga next.

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      Hi Brian, here I am again to say Thank You! I was intrigued by your celery hub and had to try it. I now have little green sprouts about 2 inches high, so now I had to refresh my memory of what you said to do next! Since it is now winter almost, I don't know if I should plant it in a larger dish inside or try putting it on the patio until the frost comes.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Hey Bettyoverstreet10! That's awesome that its working for you, depending on your climate and how much sun your patio gets I would put it out there as long as possible, celery is a cool weather crop anyway, but make sure to take it in before the first frost, or cover it up at night if you have warm days and cold nights. If you do have to bring inside make sure you have a sunny window to put it in front of!

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      Thanks again for your input! I feel I have found a real gardening pal!

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      clk 4 years ago

      I am very close to harvesting my 2nd pineapple from this one plant. we live in southern alberta canada, and yes I am growing pineapple on my bay window (east facing). they are delicious!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      That is so cool! Thanks for sharing it proves that you can even grow some tropical fruit as far north as Canada!

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      Nikki Wiks 4 years ago from Ireland

      This has got to be one of the simplest yet coolest money saving tips ever - so can you use any old vegetable scraps - and do they need to be kept outside?

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks nikkiwikki certain vegetable scraps do better then others and I'm sure if you have a sunny south facing window or a lamp for growing you could do it inside!

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 4 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      I was just out in my garden , cleaning out the worn out plants and discovered the potatoes are appearing above ground again! Gota love potatoes, they just keep producing whether you want them to or not!

      Have a great Christmas in case I don't click on you again before. I am putting some of my Christmas poetry on my hub now, check them out when you have time.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Funny that you mention that I opened my compost bin the other day and found a bunch of potato plants growing and it's freezing here in CT! I look forward to reading your Christmas Poetry!! Merry Christmas to you as well!!

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 4 years ago

      Great information, who'd a thought. Will have to give it a try.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks for the comment azrestoexp! it's always fun to experiment in the garden! good luck!

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      I thought this idea was really cool when i heard about it a few months ago.....so i tried it!! At the moment, in my bedroom i have pinto beans, two celery stalks, corn(yes corn!! I think i've lost it), and little basil plants. Off topic, i also have a terrarium housing moss and garden snails...just because it's so easy and looks so cool. I'm going to see what else i can get. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      thats so cool Sarah, I'm glad I was able to inspire you!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      This is just amazing. I wish I hadn't thrown out the celery that had wilted recently... time to go buy some more! I definitely want to try this! Voted up, thank you for saving me a few bucks!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment and votes Neinahpets! i hope this tip saves you some money! and you have some fun growing too!

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      Home Revisor 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Really cool article BWD316! It's this kind of stuff that keeps HubPages so interesting and wonderful. After reading the article I'll definitely have to Follow the rest of the Hubs you produce. I'm heading home right now to start my own garden from scraps! Cheers

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thats great homerevisor good luck! and thanks for the comment!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for this. I knew about all of these but the celery. As it happens I have celery here and can hardly wait till it is all use so I can begin my celery growing experience. What fun.

      Sending you angels this evening :) ps

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks pstraubie48! i hope you have some fun with growing the celery!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Just a beautiful hub. I love it. I'd really like to get a pineapple tree going.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks GoodLady! im glad you enjoyed it! Pineapple's take a while to grow but if you're in a warm climate or even have a warm sunny window im sure it will work and there's no harm in trying!!

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      Barb 4 years ago

      Lettuce and spring onions with roots attatchef work great and better yet they self seed.

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      Aida Garcia 4 years ago from Anaheim, CA 92801

      I was intrigued by your article with the celery bottom and I thought you may have used it for not only celery but for other vegtables inside the celery cup. I am going to try your celery cup before trying other vegtables because I enjoy celery and its tasty benefits. Wonderful way to recycle and go green!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks aida-garcia and you're right its not limited to just celery but it's always good to start off slow and the celery experiment is a great one! good luck and thanks for commenting!

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      Lizolivia 4 years ago from Central USA

      I have celery to try that with; fabulous information. I also have ginger root which can be somewhat expensive. Useful great ideas and pics!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment Lizolivia, ginger can easily be grown, i've been thinking of trying it myself and all you need is ginger from the store!

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for the information. I'm definitely going to try this-every year I try to improve on my vegetable garden. I will also visit your blog.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      thanks for the comment LauraDo93, im glad it was useful and thanks in advance for visiting my blog too!

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      NicoleAnn 4 years ago from Illinois

      I currently have two of this exact method sitting in my window sill as I speak. I heard you could do carrots also, but haven't attempted it yet.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      awesome NicoleMessenger! I heard the same about carrots but forgot, Carrots might have to be my next experiment! Thanks for the comment!

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      Willierob 4 years ago

      Pineapples are easy to do. we skip putting them in water and just plant the tops in a pot and keep the soil moist. This is also basically what the pineapple farmers do when they replant the tops that are used as "seeds".

      We have had limited success with sprouting onion ends. Maybe about 20% of the onion butts will sprout.

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      Neen 4 years ago

      I love this sight.I grew some sweetpotatoes in the ground for the pretty vine and wow I got 10 huge sweetpotatoes..It was awesome..I can't wait to grow garlic,celery.Garlic is good for mosquitoes and fleas.So I'm gonna plant them in all my flower beds and around my house...I sprayed my yard with garlic spray year before last never had any mosquitoes where al l the neighbors had tons...Last year I never sprayed and I had all the mosquitoes and fleas..So it works...

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      What a cool idea! I can't wait to try it. Come on spring! Great hub.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Sheri! I'm glad you liked it and I can't wait for spring either!

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      Kathy 4 years ago

      Avacado, Pineapple, Sweet and Idaho Potatoes. Tomatoes from sucker shoots, Quite a few things. Idea for space saving potato garden. Put holes in the bottom of a barrel or garbage can. Put 6 inches of shells, gravel, concrete, something to allow drainage and about a foot of good soil on top. Plant potato or sweet potato starts on top and put it in the sun. As plants grow each 3 to 4 inches hold plants up and cover stems with soil, leaving the last inch uncovered. Continue this process until the soil reaches the top of the container then let it grow out and down the sides of the container. Every time you cover it up new roots start and develop a new layer of potatoes. When plants and potatoes mature, the easiest way to harvest is to dump it over and pick the potatoes out. If it worked right you will have a barrel full of potatoes. I have had times that it worked unbelievably well and a couple of times it didn't and I am not sure why. I have shared many potatoes with friends in the good years. Drainage and moisture is a key. I don't mind as much if it dosent work because I don't have any cost and little time involved. Hope it works for you.

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      What an awesome idea for potatoes!!! Thanks Kathy!!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Terrific idea and money-saving too! I will try this in my back yard.

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      Lisa 4 years ago

      I have grown potatoes, garlic, beets, carrots, green onions and celery from kitchen scraps. I save my seeds whenever possible as well. Some grow, others don't, it's hit and miss but worth trying :)

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      Judy 4 years ago

      I have grown potatoes from skins with nodes and pumpkins thar started in the compost. I might try other vegies now.

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      I have a question about regrowing the beet greens. once it is in a shallow bowl of water and new growth starts can it be transplanted into a pot with soil? or would it have to stay in a water bowl? i am new to the growing my own veggie world and i love beet greens!

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Amanda- Once new growth begins you should be able to transfer it to soil, however you can leave it in the water till you see new roots growing as well. Thanks for the comment and question! Good luck with growing your own!

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      Beth 4 years ago

      I tried romaine and it just took off. Grew about 6 " in 2 weeks....started celery this week. Looking forward to free food. My son has grown avocado and a friend grew a lemon tree from seed! Amazing

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      Brian Dooling 4 years ago from Connecticut

      That's awesome Beth!

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      Rafaela Lima 4 years ago from US

      I will try it. I think it is a great idea, even more for people who lives in a small space.

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      mary 3 years ago

      I did celery last summer and wow.. it worked.. friends all tried it as well. now will try romaine lettuce and onions. may have a salad yet . thanks for sharing.

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      Janice S 3 years ago

      This is totally something that I want to try! I keep hearing that green onions will regrow after you plant them, which would save me some green at the grocery store ;) Very nice hub!

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      I haven't tried green onions yet but I hear they regrow really well! Thanks for the comment janices7 I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and find it useful!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      I love this- and always intended to do a hub on the same subject. I will print this for my reference. Sweet potatoes or red yams make a really attractive plant to root in a jar on your kitchen windowsill.

      I did not know you could root celery like you have shown. I certainly will try that.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment Rochelle Frank im glad you liked the hub!

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      Arizona's Restoration Experts, LLC 3 years ago

      Green onions grow great and fast. I just push the cut off ends in the dirt and off they go. I have them everywhere. Very easy.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      I haven't tried green onions yet! Thanks azrestoexp for sharing!!

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 3 years ago from Florida

      I already discovered this too. I have been sprouting the base of sweet white onions. So far, I got two of them rooted, and the first one grew the little green long onions like scallions, which I cut off and used.

      I also have my second red cabbage core soaking in water, which I change daily, because its sharing space with the onion base, which dirties up the water faster. This one has also taken root. My problem with the first one is that when it took roots and was showing leaves, I planted it in a small pot to let it grow. Problem is, I have no idea how much to water it. So the first one died. I was watering it maybe too much because it looked like a drowned plant when it died, and the roots were soaked when I pulled it out. So this time, I'm going to go easy on the water.

      I also took the tops of two carrots, and did not root them. I just stuck them in a pot with an italian stem that I had rooted and started growing in the pot. I really wasn't sure if it would do anything simply because I hadn't rooted it, but somehow, I didn't think that process would work with carrots. So I stuck it in the dirt, and now, almost 2 weeks later, I'm starting to see the start of green tops coming up off the carrot tops. Its so cool. Love the article.

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      Anew Emergence 3 years ago

      I just recently planted the celery scraps directly in my organic garden skipping putting it in water on the window sill and it has taken quite nicely to the idea. A friend of mine told me he is trying to grow celery and his died shortly after they were as tall as mine. so I'm keeping a watchful eye. great post!

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      susansisk 3 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great hub! I have grown several pineapples. They have grown well, but have not had any fruit. Will try the celery.

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      I've grown garlic and have heard about potatoes. I'm thinking about taking you up on the carrots and celery...especially now that I got some chickens. Thanks for writing.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment susansisk! yeah i think fruit is harder to get but the celery should work really well for you!

      Thanks for the comment marion langley! I don't have any chickens but what a wonderful idea for some extra fresh produce just for them!!

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      sasenecal 3 years ago

      My daughter started with green tail onions, then I started romaine and celery, tried red lettuce, but, nothing happened. I'm thinking of placing them into some potting mix.

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      ChrisFlorida 3 years ago

      Growing garlic and green onions

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      sorry for the late reply Sasenecal but thanks for the comment, I would definitely try placing them in potting mix!

      and thanks ChrisFlorida for sharing!

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      nanamama-tt 3 years ago

      I made a raised bed to plant just a few fruit & veggie plants. Before planting anything I mixed in my compost I had made from scraps, eggshells, fruit & veggie peelings, coffee grounds, etc.. After I planted a few string bean plants, I noticed another plant that started popping up all over the bed. It turns out it is Cucumbers! They grew from the small pieces of cucumbers we threw in the compost bin. I now have massive cucumber plants growing everywhere. I had to build trellises for them, because they were just taking over. I had no idea that plants could grow from compost!!

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      lupine 3 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      I've been following this hub, commented earlier. I finally tried growing celery... cut the bottom off the celery, put in a pot w/soil. To my surprise, it only took a few days to begin showing leaves, now has more leaves and short stalks. Have 3 planted, all with leaves. When people see them, they want to plant celery too.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      nanamama-tt The only downside of compost is you sometimes get plants growing out of the rich nutrients! I have had onions, potatoes and even some tomato plants grow right inside my compost bin. Thanks for the comment and congrats on your new raised gardens! I hope they're giving you an abundance of tasty snacks this summer!

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thats awesome lupine! and thanks for coming back to give an update!

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      lisa joy 3 years ago

      I have grown scallions, onions, sweet potatoes and ginger

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      Betsy 3 years ago

      I am actually on my second generation pineapple. When researching how to grow them I learned that you have to have pollinate the fruit somehow. So I put the plant in a plastic bag with an apple for weeks and it worked. Next I knew I had a baby pineapple the size of an apple. It was the sweetest I've ever had.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      That's awesome Betsy!!! Thanks for Sharing!

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      kanchan 3 years ago

      I have grown ginger and garlic and green chilly from scraps :) Your post is awesome btw! Can't wait to try out your suggestions.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for commenting Kanchan, i'm glad you found the post awesome!

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      Jason Storey 3 years ago

      My wife gets really irritated that I have to re grow everything .. I have little jars all over the windowsill . I get frustrated when she does the on-line grocery shop and gets the celery without the bottoms .. (On purpose!!)

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      LOL Jason, Maybe she'll change her mind when all you're little jars start producing some cool plants and food! Thanks for sharing!

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      kimiko 3 years ago

      Ive grown sweet peppers from scraps and cucumbers

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      Jen in Arkansas 3 years ago

      I'm growing celery in my windowsill right now! I placed it in a cup with water inside a ziplock bag to make it like a little green house since it's very cold here (we keep our house temp chilly too). Within a week the sprouts were a few inches tall, may plant it in a container to keep inside till warmer weather.

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      Brian Dooling 3 years ago from Connecticut

      That's awesome Jen! I didn't even think of making a mini greenhouse like that! What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

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      Jezzi 3 years ago

      I've been growing chives in my windowsill for years, excited to try a few others!

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      suu 2 years ago

      Im growing celery, carrots, green onions, bok choy (that is growing beautifully and fast), and I'm about to try avocados, pineapple, and an indoor lemon tree. This is so exciting!

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      thetteski 2 years ago

      I've been growing pineapples for several years now--slow grow, but SO worth it. I have an avocado tree that started from a pit thrown in the compost pile. And tomatoes. Lots and lots of tomatoes, especially in the winter. I'm going to try the celery next.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Awesome thetteski! Homegrown pineapple must taste AMAZING! Celery grows really easy and fairly quick!

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      mark walstead 2 years ago

      I have successfully grown several veggies propgated from store bought produce. I am an avid gardener, and always wondered why "seed potatoes" are $12 for 2 lbs, yet I can buy 5 lbs in the store for $3 or so and wait for them to sprout eyes. With that said, I am still experimenting whether it is best to let them sprout eyes by keeping them dark or let them sprout by putting them in water. I have good luck with celery except the plant always seems to bush out instead of growing long stalks, but the taste is the same. I have never had luck with saving the core from bulb onions, but they are easy to grow by seed. However, for green onions, if you never pull up the roots, you can keep cutting the stalks down almost to the ground and they grow back

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for commenting Mark! I had a similar problem with my celery but the stalks were still long enough to use just not as long or as thick as the original stalk.

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      Liza 2 years ago

      Currently, I have celery growing and an avocado seed trying to sprout. I'm hopeful for the avocado and amazed by the celery! Going to try Garlic next and maybe some ginger.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      That's awesome Liza! I hope the avocado takes off!

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      Wendy 2 years ago

      I threw kitchen scraps (tomatoes of many varieties, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, pumpkin, cucumber, zucchini, butternut squash) into my garden bed and began noticing plants begin to grow. Now my garden is thriving. I have literally hundreds of tomatoes and pepper plants. My squash plants are sprouting everywhere and have begun to flower. We have green onions grown from scraps that continue to regrow as well as leeks. The cilantro is popping up all over my garden as well. We have sweet potatoes in an old recycle bin with carrots. Our two pineapple plants we grew from scrap are doing well though have not produced yet. We have an avocado tree about 4 feet tall grown from a seed. I just started three organic yellow onions that I cut off from the base and placed in water that are growing new roots and beginning to sprout. I'm trying celery though I haven't had too much success in the past as the sides rot. To combat the problem I have suspended it with toothpicks over water. Also I have some carambola (star fruit seeds) that I am trying to sprout along with lemon. Fingers crossed! I used to have a black thumb but now I have a thriving vegetable and fruit garden that my family can enjoy, and best of all, it didn't cost me a thing!

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      That's AWESOME Wendy! It's amazing how much you've been able to grow from vegetable scraps! Let us know how the star fruit seeds do!

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      Ingrid Shapiro 2 years ago

      I have grown a few things from scraps, green onions or scallions. I just wanted to say, your site is the FIRST site, that show when growing celery from scraps, and you put it in water and wait for the roots to appear. No other site mentioned that. I have tried several other vegetables, but I guess I didn't know to wait longer for roots to show. Every bit of information you provide makes a difference in our success.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Ingrid!

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      Trudy Cooper 2 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      This really works! I have tried it! True to form you can grow from vegetable scraps! Good read.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks tlcs!

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      Sandras Pure Trim Awareness 2 years ago

      I started Bok Choy and it did really well!

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      chrkfrst 2 years ago

      ver tried cellery now i will i do onions often when the greens start harvest the greens works for all onionsgarlic now i will try new veitables thanks for the input

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      Marge 2 years ago

      Have had great success with pineapple. Of course this is sunny Florida so growing conditions are great. I simply put the top of the pineapple in a pot of dirt, set it outside, water and watch it grow. It does take quite a while to grow but the results are definitely worth it. When it's ripe eat and use the top to start another plant. Also if you leave the base of the original plant in the pot it will send up a new shoot which will eventually become another pineapple.

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for commenting Marge! Fresh homegrown pineapple sounds amazing!

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 2 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      HEy Brian, good to see you are still guiding folks with gardning tips. I have been away from hubpages quite awhile but continue to get updates. Hope all is well with you!

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      Brian Dooling 2 years ago from Connecticut

      Hey Betty! I spent some time away as well, started coming back more often just this year. Everything is going great, love this time of year when the garden is growing! Hope all is well with you!

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      MG Seltzer 22 months ago from South Portland, Maine

      Love the photo from "Community" and I am going to try regrowing rutabagas from scraps -- I'm all about the root veggies. Thumbs up, of course!

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      Brian Dooling 22 months ago from Connecticut

      Thanks MG Seltzer! I'm a big community fan! Good luck with the root vegetables, carrot tops grow well too!

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      Carol 21 months ago

      Green onions are really easy, when I buy onions I cut off 1 1/2. Inches of the root end, plant it, in a few weeks all new green onions. Easy

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      lawrence 15 months ago

      I've grown green onions just cut off roots about one inch and plant you can

      cut off new groth with out pulling out the plant

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      Brigitte.sau@gmail.com 13 months ago

      Je vais essayer avec ma petite fille qui sera ravie!

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      Bree 10 months ago

      I currently have mint and dragon fruit growing from scraps

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      Nanachristy00 8 months ago

      I have tried (successfully) potatoes, carrots, green onions, garlic, celery, lettuce, garlic all from part of the original parent plant and planted from seeds I saved from pumpkins/zucchini/yellow crooked neck squash, corn, mini bell peppers, tomatoes, sunflowers not to mention all kinds of flower seeds.. I do not buy flower seeds anymore! I rarely buy veggie seeds. I accidentally started growing potatoes by tossing the sprouting ones in a recycling bin just outside my garage door with newspapers in it... was AMAZED when i realized that they were repoducing with no soil & very little water, I got 32 red potatoes from 3 small red potatoes that year. So I did some reading on growing or regrowing vegetables. I have not tried ginger yet, I think that will be the next thing to try.

      This year I had a "voluntary" zucchini plant grow in my flowerbed,( I did not plant or have ever had one there) which was a pleasant surprise since my hubby LOVES zucchini. We harvested the 1st zucchini and went on vacation for 2 weeks. When we returned I went to see if any other zucchini were ready to be harvested, only to find no more zucchini's growing on the plant...instead there were 4 PUMPKINS growing on that plant!

      Somehow that (pumpkin) plant had been CROSS POLLINATED with a zucchini plant? My neighbors have a very large zucchini patch about 15 feet from my flower bed. We figure that a bee must have been doing his job collecting pollen in the zucchini and then came over to my pumpkin plant and CROSS POLLINATED the 2 plants! I personally had never seen or heard of that before So I contacted my local Master Gardener's Association who assured me that this does happen & more often than you would think..lol.

      So be careful with the location of your seeds when you are planting squash... ; )

      I found your post to be helpful and enjoyable to read. Thank you for sharing.

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      Leslie 6 months ago

      Wow! I'm definitely going to try potatoes. I'm always been a little bit nervous about trying them because I didn't think that it would work for some reason. But I regularly re-grow garlic, onions, green onion, tomato seeds, pepper seeds, cucumber seeds, basil seeds, oregano seeds and flower seeds! I've tried the lettuce and never had any luck.

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      Georgie 6 weeks ago

      I grew a potato plant & I'm currently growing a pineapple, two onions plants, & looking into mushrooms!

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      Larissa 2 weeks ago

      I'm currently growing Romaine Lettuce from scraps and grow garlic yearly!

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