How-To: Gardening from Kitchen Scraps

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If you are creative, you may create charming indoor gardens from your kitchen leftovers. Kitchen scrap gardening is when you grow plants from things you usually dispose of in your bin. Children love this idea, and it is also an excellent way of enhancing recycling and reusing. It is also a way of growing new plants from old plant parts. Some materials needed for kitchen scrap gardening are vegetables and fruits scraps, growing containers, potting soil, water, etc.

It takes about thirty minutes to plant and multiple days to grow. This can be done in all seasons.

How to plant from kitchen scraps:

  • Starting Little Seeds

Citrus fruits are always plenty during the winter. The seeds in oranges, grapefruit, limes, and lemons can easily be planted into new houseplants.

All you have to do is fill a four-inch diameter pot with watered potting soil. Extract the whole seed from the fruit and then plant 3 to 4 of the 1 inch deep in the pot. The seeds will sprout in about 2 to 4 weeks, and you will get your small citrus orchard.

Ensure the seedlings are well watered for six weeks, you may the transplant the individual trees into bigger pots. It will take some time before you see citrus flowers. But you may enjoy the leaves. The leaves smell the same as the type of citrus you are growing.

  • Starting Big Seeds

If growing the small seeds were successful, you may try to grow big seeds of tropical fruits like avocado and mango.

Dry out the avocado for about a day or two, then plant in a six-inch diameter plastic pot filled with watered potting soil. Ensure the tip of the tip is exposed to air.  You may also sprout an avocado by suspending the pit over a glass of water. Place three toothpicks around the pit’s middle and also rest the toothpicks on the glass rim. Pour in water till it gets to the pit’s bottom. It takes about a month or two for the roots to come up. If you are using the water sprouting method, you may replant the pit in potting soil once you notice roots and a sprout come up.

Mangoes are more complicated. You have to soak the hard seed for a week in warm water, ensure you replace the water daily. Then you plant it in the potting soil just like avocado and wait for it to sprout. It takes up to 4 months for a sprout to occur.

  • New Plants from Tubers

Tuberous roots like sweet potatoes, rhizomes like ginger are plant parts that are very easy to grow into new plants. Place a sweet potato over a water-filled glass by sticking 3 toothpicks on the glass rim in a way that the narrower, pointed part of the tuber, is enclosed in the water. Put the glass in a sunny window. The roots will then start to sprout from the part enclosed in the water, and most times, within a few weeks, the stems and leaves will begin to grow from the tuber’s top. To keep the sweet potato as a houseplant, you will have to cautiously transplant it into a container filled with potting soil, once you notice a sound root system developing.

Ginger is fun to grow because the cut ends and the shiny new leaves (when crushed) releases a strong gingery aroma. Place a piece of ginger with toothpicks over a glass of water or you place it in a container of watered potting soil. If you are using the water method, transplant the new plant into a box of potting soil once you notice the roots appearing.

  • Beheading fruits/ Vegetables

It is possible to make root crops like beets, carrots, and parsnips, etc. to sprout new top growth by only beheading them.

Cut off the head end alongside 1 or 2 inches of the root and put it in a saucer filled with stones for support and water. The new greens will appear from the top in a week. You may then keep the root in a container filled with potting soil.

This technique also works well with pineapples. Slice off the top part of the fruit and then scoop out most of the yellowish flesh inside the crown of the pineapple, leaving just the core. Allow the top dry for about a day or two; you may then place it in a tray filled with stones for support and water. In two weeks, the roots will appear, and new shoots will sprout from the top, and a great tropical plant will appear soon. If you want to continue growing the pineapple, transfer it into a pot, then cover the crown and roots with soil.

  • Spicy Greens

Garlic and Onions are kitchen scraps that are both pungent and edible.

All you have to do is plant old cloves of garlic or onion bulbs below the surface in containers filled with watered potting soil. The sprouts will come up within a few weeks. These greens stand out from other kitchen scraps because they can be eaten in salads and stir-fries.

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