Expand your garden and save money by growing your own food from kitchen scraps

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.

potato-potatoes1. 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.

whole-mushrooms2. Mushroom

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

cilantro-fresh3. Cilantro

Place the bottom of a cilantro stem in a glass of water and put 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. 

green-onions-bunch4. 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 and use toothpicks to suspend it over water in a glass or jar. The water should cover the bottom inch of the pit. Keep the glass in a warm area out of direct sunlight, checking the water daily to add more if needed. After several weeks, a stem will appear. Grow it to 6 inches, then cut it down to 3 inches. Once leaves appear, plant in soil, leaving about half of it above ground.


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 the pit 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 inches 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 so easy to re-grow. Cut off the base of our celery bunch and lay in a bowl with a bit of warm water in the bottom. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight as much as possible. Once you see leaves growing along the base, transplant into soil and wait for the stalks to come in.


16. Garlic

All you need is one clove to re-grow garlic. Plant the clove with the 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 some toothpicks to hold it above a container of water. Keep it in direct sunlight and change the water every other day. Make sure to bring it inside at night if you put it outside and that the water reaches just about the base. Once roots are formed, it’s ready to be planted.


20. Lemon

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

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