< 1 min read
My kids are into gardening and we have chickens and try to be as sustainable as we can.
What plants and vegetables can we grow from our food scraps and how do we do this?
Marked as spam
My niece showed me how to grow romaine lettuce from a stump of a leftover lettuce head.
It is amazingly simple, and it grows very tall in one month. Your kids will enjoy watching it grow.
Just cut off about 2 inches of the bottom of a head of romaine lettuce. Put it in a clear glass of water and let it grow! So simple.
Here is a video to show the kids about it: https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&ei=UTF-8&p=growing+lettuce+from+stump&type=E211US105G91645#id=2&vid=3c35c23682a4569bbe66534258b99763&action=click
I do plan to have a kitchen garden in my new home but as of now, I am not very good at growing my own vegetables.
Only things I have been able to grow from leftover vegies is herbs namely coriander and mint.
I recently learned from a friend that if we put green onion bulbs in a jar with water, it will keep growing. I have tried it and it really worked well.
This is awesome! I love this question. One of the simplest vegetables to grow from scraps is a green onion. I do this all the time without even stepping foot in my garden.
I use the green part of the onion and then keep the white part (bulb). From there, I use some toothpicks and stick them in the sides. Fill a small jar with water and place the onion in it so it sticks straight up. (you're using the toothpicks to help do this)
It will start growing in just a few hours!
If you have time and patience, growing Avocado trees are super easy - you simply suspend the pip with the lower third in water and wait for the roots and leaves to begin sprouting. This might need to be along term project, as avo trees can take as long as seven years to bear fruit.
While you wait, onions and potatoes are probably the simplest to grow - both will begin to sprout if left in the right conditions. If you plant onions with just the lower part of the plant below ground, you will be able to use the shoots in your meals for ages. Just keep in mind that potatoes are tubers that spread below the surface, so when harvest time comes, you may need to dig up quite a large patch to get your full crop.
I am not great at growing vegetables, but I am quite successful with propagating herbs - basil, mint, and coriander (cilantro) can all be grown from offcuts or stems. Place the stem into water until the roots are established and you can see ongoing green growth before transferring the plant to the soil.