Saturday, December 5, 2015

Regrow Scraps

Did you know that you can grow things that you have in your fridge. It works, it really works.With my celery, onions and carrots all chopped for Thanksgiving my garden was gone. When chopping the veggies I made sure I left the root area intake for this reason.

I took what remained of the celery and just put the root side down in a bowl with water. In less than a week we had new leaves growing. In 2 weeks we have a stalk starting to grow. Now that we are starting to see roots we can take it out the garden and plant it again.

Onions were one of the easiest I left about an inch of the root area when I chopped onion for the stuffing. Then just placed the cutting into a pot and water it. This takes a few weeks before you see anything happening but we do see a small green coming up after two weeks. This works for any root plant, such as turnips, beets, parsnips.

Pineapple can also be replanted even if you don't live in a tropical area. I just cut the top off and placed sturdy tooth picks in it to suspend it over a glass jar filled with water. We placed it in our kitchen window  because it needs direct sunlight. Then we changed the water every other day. After a week we started to get roots. We then took it out to the garden to plant it.

Avocados can do the same thing, but takes much longer. I rinsed the pit of the avocado really well, then dried it. Taking sturdy tooth picks and inserting them around the middle of the avocado. I set it on top of a glass jar. Then I poured the water in so it covered the bottom inch or so of the pit. We left it it in direct sunlight and in about a six weeks it should sprout root. When the leaves start to come up its time to plant it in the ground or pot but leave the leaves half above ground.

So the garden has sprouted new life and will thrive again even in winter.

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  1. This is a great way to get free food! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)