2020-04-06

LGO – Growing Kitchen Scraps

A lot of the waste that we have from our kitchen, that comes from fresh food, can actually be used to grow more food and its surprisingly simple.

Spring Onions

If, like me, your partial to a spring onion or two, then you may have wondered if there is anything that you can do with the off cuts.

The Root

This is so simple, simply place the root, strands down, into a small dish or glass of water and within a week or so, you will see a new  spring onion start to grow.

In fact this can also be done with leeks and onions.

Onions

Photo by Goh Rhy Yan on Unsplash

As above, onions can be re-cultivated using the above method.  however, I have not had much luck with this, instead I planted the roots of my onions in some potting soil, with the root facing up, within days I have seen new roots growing!

Potatoes

Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash

I have long since been told that you can put a potato in dirt and it will grow new shoots.  This seemed kind of wasteful to me and so I set about trying to find out if there was a way to do it without using the whole potato, that method is okay if the potato is going out of date and can’t be used for some reason.

I found one!

You know the ‘eyes’ that you always cut out of potatoes when preparing them?  That is the part of the spud that actually sprouts new growth.  Plant that in some soil, water and wait, once you get new sprouts then place in a larger, deep pot and wait for your very own batch of potatoes.

I am trying this with Sweet Potatoes also!

Carrots and Parsnips

When you chop off the end of a carrot, don’t discard it, instead, as with some of the other veg mentioned above, you can in fact plant these in soil and you should get new shoots appear very soon.

I will be on the lookout for more ways to grow scraps from the kitchen,  if you have any tips, then don’t forget to leave a message or comment on our social media pages!

Happy growing!

 

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