2 Growing Food from Food Scraps

Last year I came across a pin of how you can grow your own avocado from an avocado pit. I totally thought I could pull it off and grow our very own avocados. I guess I didn't read the fine print on the instructions that said that it is basically impossible to grow them this way but good luck trying!  I tried with 3 pits and none of them even remotely worked. But fear not! There are loads of other ways you can grow food from scraps.

Green Onion - Just cut off the bottom (white part with the roots), submerge them in a glass of water and place in a sunny window. When it is grown enough to use it just pull it out, cut off the white root again, use the rest and replace the bottom in the water. To grow regular onions follow the same process but plant in soil instead of water.

Leeks - Just off the bottom with the root, plant in a pot with soil, water well and place in a sunny area.

Garlic - Place whole cloves with as much as the skin on as possible in pot filled with soil. You want to make sure the clove is planted about 2 inches down.  In a few weeks the cloves will sprout a lovely green shoot that you can harvest for use in salads or on veggies to add a mild garlic flavour.  Here are some more detailed instructions on how to grow full garlic.

Celery - Cut the bottom off of the stalk of a celery and place into a cup of water. You want it to be about halfway submerged in the water. Place in the window sill and wait for your new celery to start to sprout. Once some roots begin to grow you can transplant it to your garden. You can also follow this same method with romaine lettuce.

Potatoes - I can never seem to finish a bag of potatoes before they start to sprout eyes and shrivel up. While this means they aren't great for eating anymore, it does mean that they are perfect for planting to grow more potatoes! Once a potato has sprouted an eye just plant it in your garden and watch them grow. More detailed instructions. This process will also work with sweet potatoes.

I am trying potatoes, onions and celery this year. Have you tried any? What results have you gotten?

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  1. We have a compost bin and cantaloupe pulp with seeds usually make their way into the pile (I do roast the seeds but one or two seem to always get tossed). For two years now we've actually had plants grow and fruit. They are small but they are delicious. I've also grown beets from the root end ... that works well. I tried celery and while it produced a lot of leaves, which were great in soup and stews, it never really got big enough to eat the stalk.

  2. That is cool about the cantaloupe!

    Did you start the beets in water or soil?