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6 Foods That'll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

A lot of us like the green living lifestyle but oftentimes lack the time or space for maintaining our own garden. While having a traditional garden is an excellent way to save money on groceries as well as ensure that your food is safe, fresh, and free of pesticides, there are many foods that can be purchased from farmer's markets or grocery stores and then regrown in small spaces.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a truly incredible fruit. People can use them for decoration and as food. Fortunately, they can also be easily re-grown. The top part of the pumpkin will have to be cut similar to how you would cut it if you were making a Jack O’Lantern. The pulp and pumpkin seeds should all be left inside and good quality soil place on top of it and all you have to do after that is add a little water each day. Eventually, the pumpkin will sprout and grow into an entirely new one that can be used for any purpose.

Apples

A lot of people are really surprised why they learn you can grow the seeds from store bought apples. To get started, remove the apple seeds from a few apples. The seeds will need to be soaked in water for 24 hours to clean and soften them. The seeds can then be placed in a moist paper towel and then folded into quarters. The towel should be placed into a plastic bag and put in the refrigerator. After about 6 weeks, the seeds will sprout. These sprouts can then be placed into a pot with soil and then watered each day. After about a year, the plant can be moved outdoors. Obviously, is much quicker by several years to find a young apple tree from your local nursery but watching them growing a tree from infancy is a fun way to teach your kids about nature and gardening.

Avocado

Avocados are loved by many people. It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and tastes great in salads, on sandwiches and when used to make guacamole. Fortunately, it can be regrown, too. To do so, it is best to first cut the avocado and remove the pit as a whole. Then, insert four toothpicks into the avocado pit. It is important to space these picks out so the pit will be able to sit over a dish or bowl. The dish should then be filled with water to the point where the bottom of the pit is submerged. The water should be changed each day. It is beneficial for the pit to receive lots of sun so setting on top of a window sill is ideal. Once the pit begins to sprout, it can be planted into a pot with good soil.

Lentils

Although lentils are not popular options today, they are easy to regrow at home. Many people will choose a sprouting container to get started in the process because it offers an ideal environment and space for lentils. First, the lentils should be rinsed so they are free of any dirt and debris. The next day, the lentils can be poured into the sprouting container. They should be rinsed and drained each day. After just a few days, they will begin to sprout. This process is definitely an easy one.

Basil

Basil is an herb used in many recipes today. It is easy to prepare and even easier to regrow. When purchasing fresh basil. We only consume the tips and tops of the plant which we chop up and use to season our meals. The remaining stem can be planted in a Mason jar or box that’s appropriate for container gardening. Basil plants love sunlight so make sure there’s a window nearby. It usually takes about a week for your basil to grow.

Beets

Beets are delicious but not loved by everyone. Personally, I don’t like them. With that being said, beets are surprisingly easy to regrow. When preparing beets, the tops of the beet should always be sliced off. You should then place them in a small pot, empty can, or cup with water.

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Comment by Kirsten Madaus on September 16, 2013 at 9:42pm

Thanks, Alexander, for some new ideas.  I re-grow my farm share celery.  After slicing off the base of the celery bunch, I place it in a shallow dish of water in a sunny windowsill.  The center soon sprouts, and once the roots are long enough I transplant out in the garden.  You can see the process in photos here.

I've also regrown leeks and green onions in a similar way.

I appreciate the tips!

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