Don’t throw those scraps away! Growing your own food from leftovers that you toss in the trash might sound like something dreams are made of, but it’s not! It’s actually easier than you might think – not to mention it will save you money in the checkout line. Check out our top 20 fruits and vegetables that you can re-grow yourself from the pieces you would normally throw out.


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  • 1. Potato

    We’re sure you’ve heard of this one! Use the peelings that have eyes by cutting them into 2 inch pieces, making sure that each piece has a few eyes on it. Dry out overnight, then plant four inches deep in soil, ensuring the eyes face up.
  • 2. Mushroom

    These can be difficult, but it can be done! Mushrooms need warmth and humidity. Opt for a pot rather than ground planting so you can control the temperature. Cut the head off the mushroom and plant the stem in nutrient rich soil, leaving the very top of the stalk exposed.
  • 3. Cilantro

    Place the bottom of a cilantro stem in a glass of water and place it in an area where it will get some sun, like near a window. After the roots get to be a couple inches long, plant in a pot. 
  • 4. Green Onion

    Put the white base with a little bit of green left on it and roots intact in a container of water. Place in direct sunlight. Every few days, change the water. Simply snip some off when you need some and grow as long as you like.
  • 5. Avocado

    Wash the avocado pit. Suspend over water with toothpicks, ensuring water covers the bottom inch of the pit. Keep in warm area out of direct sunlight, adding water as needed. Eventually, a stem will appear. Grow to 6", then cut down to 3". Once leaves appear, plant, leaving half of ...
  • 6. Tomato

    Rinse seeds and allow them to dry. Plant in nutrient rich potting soil and once you see growth a few inches high, transplant outdoors. Remember to keep in an area that gets plenty of sun and water a few times a week.
  • 7. Lettuce

    Place leftover leaves in a bowl with a little water on the bottom. Keep the bowl in an area that offers part sun/part shade during the day and mist leaves a couple times a week. When roots and new leaves form in a few days, transplant into soil.
  • 8. Cherries

    Clean the cherry pit, pack it in nutrient rich soil and then keep it in a lidded container in your fridge to help it germinate. After 12 weeks, plant it outdoors!
  • 9. Sweet Potato

    Cut in half and suspend with toothpicks above a container of shallow water. Once sprouts grow to four inches, twist them off and place in water. Once the sprouts’ roots reach an inch, plant in soil.
  • 10. Apple

    Start your own apple tree by drying out the seeds from an apple and planting them. Tip: grow at least two apple trees for best results.
  • 11. Basil

    For basil, all you need is a stem roughly 4" long. Place the stem in a glass of water with the leaves above the water line. Make sure it’s not in direct sunlight. Once the roots are a couple inches long, it’s ready to be planted!
  • 12. Peach

    Thoroughly dry peach pits, then plant in nutrient soil in an area that gets plenty of sun. In a couple years, you’ll have your own peach tree!
  • 13. Onion

    These are easy. Cut the root of the onion off, leaving half an inch of onion on it. Cover lightly with potting soil and leave in a sunny area.
  • 14. Ginger

    Plant an extra piece of ginger root in potting soil, ensuring the buds face up. Once you see new shoots, it’s ready to use again.
  • 15. Celery

    Celery is easy to re-grow. Cut off the base of a celery bunch and lay in a bowl with a bit of warm water in the bottom. Keep bowl in direct sunlight. Once you see leaves along the base, transplant into soil and wait for stalks to come in.
  • 16. Garlic

    All you need is one clove to re-grow garlic. Plant the clove, roots facing down, in potting soil. Make sure it gets plenty of direct sunlight; leaving it outside during the day is ideal for warmer weather. Once you have new shoots, cut them back and a bulb will form.
  • 17. Carrot

    For root veggies like carrots, salvage the top of the carrot and place in a container of water. After several days, new green tops will form and you can transplant into the ground when it’s ready.
  • 18. Pepper

    Collect the seeds from inside any pepper and plant them in potting soil, keeping it in direct sunlight. These need little maintenance ad grow fast.
  • 19. Pineapple

    Cut the top off and insert toothpicks to hold it above a container of water. Keep in direct sunlight, change water every other day. Make sure to bring inside at night if you put it outside and that water reaches just about the base. Once roots are formed, plant it!
  • 20. Lemon

    Clean and dry lemon seeds, then plant in a nutrient rich soil.