Eating good organic food can be extremely expensive. But there is a way that you can save quite a bit of money on your organic fresh produce: grow your own using scraps from your own kitchen! Unfortunately, growing fresh produce from seeds can be rather difficult and time consuming.
Thankfully, there’s an easier way to grow many common fresh foods. Many vegetables can be grown from nothing but their root ends. Pineapples can be grown from nothing but it’s green leafy part. Half an old onion can sprout into a few new onion bulbs. It really is amazing what you can do with a few kitchen scraps!
Green onions, lemongrass, leeks, fennel and spring onions
Place root ends in water but don’t fully submerge them. Change the water daily.
In 3-5 days growth begins. Harvest the greens when full, then repeat the process.
For lemongrass: harvest lemongrass once it becomes a foot tall. Simply cut off what you need without uprooting the plant.
Celery, cabbage, romaine lettuce and bok choy
Submerge the roots, leaving the tops above the water line.
Spray with water a couple times a week, replacing the water every few days. Leaves will sprout in about a week.
Plant the cutting with only the leaves above soil. Harvest when fully grown, about 5 months.
Ginger and turmeric
Soak the chunk of ginger overnight. Submerge in moist soil. Keep watering until shoots appear.
Ready to harvest in a year. Simple remove entire plant, use what you need and repeat.
Plant root end and lightly cover it in soil. Keep soil moist.
Carefully separate the new onions, leaving the roots attached and plant them.
Occasionally cut the leaves down to promote full growth. It can take up to 5 months for plants to mature enough for harvest.
The larger the clove, the larger the resulting bulb.
Sit the plant in a sunny window, keeping the soil moist.
The bulbs will be ready for harvest in early summer when the bottom 1/3 of the leaves have yellowed.
Use a mixture of compost and soil.
Plant the mushroom stalk in the soil with only the surface of it exposed.
If the cutting takes, new growth happens quickly. Harvest and repeat.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes
Cut into 2 pieces, each having 1-2 “eyes” on it. Set pieces out at room temp for a few days, until fully dry.
Place the sweet potatoes sliced side down in the container. Place any non-cut sweet potatoes in the container to hold the sweet potatoes upright so that more than half of the sweet potato can be up out of the water.
Fill the containers with water. Keep at least half of the sweet potato exposed out of the water. Set the container near a sunny window or under lights. Change the water every few days and replenish as it dries out. After a few weeks, your sweet potato vines should start budding out.
Slice off the green leafy top and remove all fruit. Carefully remove the bottom layers until you see root buds.
Place in water for two weeks to form roots.
Growth happens in the first few months but it will be 2-3 years before harvest.