Recycling food scraps: Foods you can re-grow


If you're looking for yet another way to get more out of your garden. And you love organic gardening. You should definitely give some of my methods for replanting crops a try.
 
It's as simple as replanting leftover kitchen scraps! Literally!


Garlic

 

 If you're a fond lover and user of garlic as I am. You will probably agree with me that the tiny little cloves you find in a cluster are not as worthwhile as the bigger ones. It is reasonably easy to grow garlic. The garlic plant is resistant to most pests. Just make sure to water through long droughts!

An easy way to recycle a glove of garlic and re-grow an entire bulb of garlic is to just plant them!

You will want to plant the pointy side up. With the flatter side down (This is where the root will be). Make sure to plant them in a place where full sunlight is available. 

Ginger 

 

A bit about ginger: The ginger plant is a root based treat. It is more commonly used in asian based cultures rather than the western culture. It is used as a spice main but in some places it's favoured for it's apparent medicinal properties and is therefore seen a medicine!

Ginger is sought after for it's wondrous health effects. It's been known to assist with flu prevention and even help promote healthy skin!

The way I like to grow ginger is to, firstly make sure it's not old. If it's all wrinkly and dried out, then it's too old. I would then plant a piece of ginger partially submerged within soil, leaving a top portion of the ginger still visible to sunlight. Planted this way, ginger should start rooting within just a few weeks! Be sure to place your ginger in a polytunnel or greenhouse as this plant favours climates tilted toward the tropical range.



Spring Onions

 

It's easy to grow onions from onions. Spring onions or Green onions, are easily replant-a-ble at home. As long as they're still fairly fresh, you can successfully regrow this tasty vegetable. 

It's easy to grow spring onions, all you have to do is, keep the white ends once you've chopped them off and plant them root down within some soil. Another method is to leave the root ends slightly submerged in an aerated container filled with warm water. The aeration isn't that important and can be left out but with it the success rates of you're onions re-sprouting will be a lot higher!



Potatoes 

 

My favourite garden vegetable! I've never actually planted a potatoe from seed! Every potatoe plant I've ever grown has been recycled from old potatoes. 

You may of noticed when your slightly old potatoes start to grow weird prickly things on them. These are the potatoes new shoots! To replant them is easy. Just bury them a few inches down in some soil (I place mine fairly deep. About 5-7 inches or so) and wait for them to flourish!

Potatoes grow like weeds. So you need not worry about to much fussing over them. Another thing is you can either plant the whole potatoe or divide the potatoe into chunks and plant the individual sprouts separately.

 Things to remember 

 

  • You can only replant somewhat fresh vegetables. Things like fully matured onions or vegetables that have long past there use by date won't be of any use except for composting! the exception is the good old potatoe of course.
     
  • When you're growing potatoes, you may want to slowly pile the dirt over the plant as it continues to grow. As you continue to do this and a small mound forms around the plant. It will encourage a deeper, bigger root system which eventually results in a bigger yield when harvesting! This same method applies to ginger too!
  •  Store you're crops well! Even though re-planting them is so easy and recommended. It is no substitute for storing vegetables well and being able to eat them as they are!

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