Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.
Vegetables You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps
For the beginner gardener, a convenient way to begin a garden is to plant from your already available kitchen scraps. Don’t throw those vegetable bottoms away when they can become tasty edible greens to be harvested. If for some reason it is difficult to obtain seeds, planting scraps allows a gardener to skip a few steps and provides quick available veggies. Let’s begin!
Should You Plant in Pots or in a Patch?
When planting your mini garden there are a few things to consider. Veggies need sun to thrive and may grow in a patch or in pots. Pots are preferable when dealing with a small space, such as a windowsill or balcony. Pots are also convenient to put your cuttings into if, for example, you only have one cutting to plant. They can also be easier for the beginner gardener to water and look after.
Nutrient-Rich, Well-Moisturized Soil Is Extremely Important
Rich soil is essential for the nutrients of your plants. When taking soil from the back yard, you may add things like banana peels or egg shells. Be sure to keep the soil well moisturized. If you purchase potting soil, organic is preferable to retain nutrients in your veggies, since you want to be able to harvest these cuttings as long as possible.
1. Pak Choy
Pak choy is a fast-growing leafy green and one of the easiest vegetables to grow! If you have purchased pak choy, save the bottom.
Cut the bottom of the head a half inch to an inch from base without pulling the leaves off. Place the base in water overnight without entirely submerging. Then place it in potting soil. You will be able to harvest the leaves more than once. Water daily!
If you have a complete stalk of celery, you can continue to grow more it, simply by cutting the bottom of the stalk off. Carefully keep the stock intact by not pulling the celery sticks off—and be sure to cut the base off, leaving the entire bottom intact. Then place it in water overnight.
Once the bottom is hydrated, place it in soil. Cover with soil, leaving the tops barely exposed. Water daily!
Note: It is preferable to cover planted celery with mulch. This step is optional but helps keep your sprouting celery hydrated.
3. Carrot Tops
Although the tops are typically thrown away, if you instead cut them off and place them in water, you can grow your own.
Place the cut part facing down, and do not entirely submerge. Be sure to change water daily. When green sprouts pop out from the head, remove them from water and place them in soil. When those green sprouts grow into lush green plants, cut them off and eat them as you like.
The tops of carrots are edible with a unique flavor. They are commonly removed before being placed on the shelf of the grocery section.
Note: This method will not grow that orange carrot again, but it will regrow that green veggie that goes well in soups and salad!
4. Beet Tops
The tops of beets are still perfectly capable of growing beet greens. The beet will not grow back, but the greens will shoot out of the top.
Cut the top of beet off, then place it in water. When greens start to sprout, remove and put them in dirt. It is that easy, and beet greens are a tasty addition to salads.
This tasty and versatile vegetable can be kept in the garden indefinitely once it has been planted. I would recommend planting more than one leek cutting to allow at least one to flower. Once a leek plant flowers, it is not too difficult to collect seeds, or the flower will drop its seeds on its own. More leeks will grow in the garden patch or even in adjoining pots.
The roots are what will keep this plant growing. After buying some leeks, cut 2 inches from the bottom. Place the bottom in water for at least two hours. Some gardeners leave them overnight to ensure the roots' hydration. After this, place the bottoms in soil, leaving the top exposed. Surround with mulch and water daily!
When the leeks shoot up, harvest by cutting shoots continuously without uprooting the bottom. Simply trim the green part off. Leeks are hardy, fast-growing vegetables that are easy to care for by beginners. They must be planted in a sunny spot to thrive.
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