Earlier this spring, I saw a video on social media about turning table scraps into an edible garden. So far, I have tried six kinds of scraps... All successful so far. Here you will see ginger in the orange container, pineapple planted in the back center container and rooting in the two glasses up front, orange bell peppers in the terra-cotta container, green onions in the back right and an avocado tree in the lime green container.
I keep the onions in the house and cook with them all the time! Can't tell you how many green onions I have bought that rotted in the refrigerator! By growing them in dirt, I have reduced my food ( and $) waste. I started these onions by cutting off and using the greens. You then put the white ends in water until roots grew. When they have roots, plant in dirt and keep them watered. You will now have green onions any time you want! If you use a lot at one time, don't worry, more will grow!
A couple of weeks ago I planted my first pineapple top that I rooted in a glass of water inside the house. Have two more growing roots now. One will be ready to plant and move outside soon.
The orange peppers are the scrap seeds of a pepper I I bought and used for cooking. Going to be planting red and yellow peppers soon as well! Plant pepper seeds directly in the dirt and keep watered.
The ginger is also plant directly into the soil. Not pictured here is the garlic I have growing in my yard. Take a garlic pod, break it apart and plant the cloves directly in the ground after peeling off the outer dry skins. Root (round) side down.
The avocado plant is the pit of an avocado we ate. I can't take full credit for getting this tree to grow... I have tried to sprout avocado seeds in the past to no avail. This seed I just threw in my worm been with other food scraps. When feeding the worms a few weeks ago, I found this pit with roots and a sprout. Of course I planted it! It has since grown and sprouted leaves.
For more specific details on how to plant grocery scraps, there are plenty of videos out there! You will be surprised at all the other foods you can grow! I know I'm looking forward to trying several other kinds as well. The goal is to grow edible food and not just pretty plants. Though pretty plants have their
place too. Some of the other plants you can grow from table scraps include:
Lettuce Tomatoes Herbs Potatoes
Celery Citrus Trees Mushrooms Carrots
Bok Choy Cabbage Kiwi
The benefits include eating lots of fresh produce, a fund way to garden and free food that keeps producing! Happy gardening
A Mattingly - Owner and operator of Our Little Barnyard. Can't believe it's been over twenty years since I started living the farm dream! What an amazing and challenging journey it has been!
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