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Grow a Garden From Food Scraps
Composting to keep food waste out of the landfill earns you an advanced recycling badge for sure. But did you know that you can go even greener by magically regrowing organic vegetables from scraps you normally toss? The best part: You don’t need to be a master gardener, since planting the cut-off ends is pretty much foolproof & easier than trying to sprout seeds. Here’s how simple it is to get a veggie discard to flourish again with a little dirt, water & sun.

Red Spring Onions, Green Onions, and Leeks
Leeks
, green onions & red spring onions:
The easiest veggies to grow from scraps since you don’t even have to plant these onion relatives in dirt.

  1. Just cut off the white root-ends & place them in a jar or glass, covering the roots with water but not submerging the tops.
  2. Place in the sun & change water every 2 to 3 days.
  3. You’ll see shoots within days & when they are fully grown, snip off the green tops to use for cooking. Leave the white root, which will continue sprouting. Just remember to freshen the water every 2 to 3 days.

Garlic Bulbs
Garlic: You can’t have too much garlic on hand, so why not grow an endless supply?

  1. Take one clove still covered in its papery skin & place it root-down in a damp mix of organic soil & compost. You can grow this in a container or add it to your garden.
  2. Cover with 1 inch of soil.
  3. Set in the sun & water daily.
  4. When the greens reach 3 to 4 inches tall, clip them down to one inch to slow growth. Why not pulverize the greens into a pesto?
  5. The remaining greens will turn brown & dry out. Not to worry: That means you can dig in the dirt to discover a brand-new bulb in place of the clove you planted.

Romaine Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce
:
If you eat more salad than a bunny, you’ll have to start growing your own greens. You can replant most any type of head lettuce with the root base still intact.

  1. Chop off the white root-end of the lettuce & place it in a bowl, root-end down.
  2. Cover the root with water, but not the top of the cutting.
  3. Set in the sun. Each day, mist the top & refresh the water.
  4. Within a week, you’ll see leaves sprout, so replant it root-down in a damp mix of organic soil & compost so you can see only the new growth above the soil.
  5. You can grow this in a container or add it to your garden.
  6. Snip off bigger leaves & new sprouts will pop up soon if you keep the topsoil damp.

Celery
Celery
:
Grow crunchy stalks to have this healthy snack on hand.

  1. Chop off the end of the celery stalk & place it in a bowl, root-end down.
  2. Cover the root with water, but not the top of the cutting.
  3. Set in the sun. Each day, mist the top & refr the water. If the outer stalks begin to rot, carefully snip them off, leaving the stronger inner stalks.
  4. Within a week, you’ll see new leaves sprout from the top of your cutting. Replant it root-down in a damp mix of organic soil & compost so only the new growth is visible above the soil.
  5. You can grow this in a container or add it to your garden.
  6. You’ll be the proud owner of a full-grown stalk in about 4 months. Keep it moist during that time.

Cabbage
Cabbage
:
Have you heard that cabbage is the new kale? Time to start growing the latest “it” veggie from its root.

  1. Chop off the root-end of the head of cabbage & place it in a bowl, root-end down.
  2. Cover the root with water, but not the top of the cut-end.
  3. Set in the sun. Each day, mist the top & replace the water.
  4. Within a week, you’ll see leaves sprout, so replant it root-down in a damp mix of organic soil & compost so only the new growth pokes out of the soil.
  5. You can grow this in a container or add it to your garden.
  6. In a few more weeks, you’ll have a brand-new head of cabbage!

Bok Choy
Bok choy
:
Grow the succulent stems of this Chinese cabbage to liven up stir-fries.

  1. Chop off the root-end of your bok choy or baby bok choy. Place it in a bowl, root-end down.
  2. Cover the root with water, but not the top of the cutting.
  3. Set in the sun. Each day, mist the top & replace the water. If the outer stalks begin to rot, carefully snip them off, leaving the stronger inner stalks.
  4. Within a week, you’ll see sprouts, so replant it root-down in a damp mix of organic soil & compost so only the new growth is visible above the soil.
  5. You can grow this in a container or add it to your garden.
  6. Snip off bigger leaves to use & new sprouts will pop up soon if you keep the topsoil damp.

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