Who could have imagined that food scraps can be reused? Bits like these usually end up in the trashcan. However, things are about to change here. We will show you how to use avocado seeds, carrot greens and onion bottoms. No, it is not compost this time. Have you ever considered starting your own home garden?
Use the parts of the fruits and veggies that you usually throw in the garbage to regrow the plant. Grow your own plants, and add them to your favorite snacks, salads, juices and delicacies.
This is an awesome way to reduce waste, and save your money, not to mention all the nutrients you can get. Here are the top 10 foods you can regrow from scraps:
Avocado pits can be used in so many ways, but growing an avocado tree may be the best choice. Keep in mind that not all the seeds will release roots, so you better use 2-3 pits at once.
Clean the pits using cold water, and pat them dry. Pierce 4 toothpicks through the pits, so they can hold over a Mason jar or a dish. Set the pit with the pointy side facing up.
Fill the jar with water, so that the pit is half submerged. Keep the jar in a sunny spot, and do not forget to change the water every day. The seed shall crack open after 3-6 weeks. You should notice a new stem growing after a few more weeks. Patience is what matters.
Your avocado will grow about 7 inches high after 3 months. Plant it in a fitting 10-inch pot with a drainage system. Fill it with potting soil, and place the pit root-side down. Make sure the top half is uncovered. Place the pot in a well-lit area and water it regularly. You can plant your avocado tree in the garden once it outgrows the pot. Keep in mind that avocado trees grow pretty tall.
Reuse the carrot tops to get more carrots. Place the tops in a wide bowl, cut-side down. Pour in enough water so that the carrot tops are half submerged. Keep the dish in a sunny area, and change the water every day.
You will see new sprouts coming out, and plant the tops in pots. Make sure you do not cover the sprouts. It is up to you to decide whether you are going to use baby greens or full-grown carrot greens.
Place the stems in a glass of water. Keep it in a sunny spot, and remember, you have to change the water every day. Once you notice new roots coming out, plant the cilantro stems in a pot.
You will notice the new shoots within a few weeks. After a few months, you will have a full-grown cilantro plant. There is only thing you should keep in mind. Do not harvest all the leaves at once.
It is one of the easiest veggies you will ever regrow. All you have to do is cut off the stalks about three inches from the base.
Place the base in a shallow bowl and pour in just a small amount of water. Keep the bowl at your window sill, and make sure it gets enough sunlight.
After a week, you will notice new leaves growing out of the celery base. Pot it into your garden, and harvest the stalks once the plant is fully-grown.
Chop off a piece of fresh ginger root. Place it in a pot that you have already filled with soil, and make sure the smallest buds are in the soil.
Your ginger should get indirect sunlight. New shoots and roots will grow within a few days.
When it comes to harvesting, take out the entire plant. Save a piece of the rhizome and use it to regrow anotherplant.
Plant the seeds of your favorite spicy peppers in soil. Keep the pot in a sunny area. Peppers grow really fast.
Onions are pretty easy to regrow. Place an onion with its bottom- side down, and it will soon release new roots.
Once you see the root growing, remove the onion bottom, and let the roots grow. Use your onions when fully-grown.
Remove the caps, but preserve the stalks. Plant them in soil, and cover them with soil. But, the top of the stalks should remain uncovered. It is easy to determine whether you have done things right. After a few days, the stems will either rot or grow.
Cut the potato in half, and make sure each half has at least two ‘eyes.’ Keep it at room temperature until it dries, preferably for a few days. Plant the potato halves about a foot apart in 8-inch deep layer of soil. Harvest your potatoes after several plants.
Rinse off tomato seeds, and let them dry completely.
Plant the seeds in potting soil, preferably in an indoor planter. Plant your tomato sprouts out in the garden once they grow 3-4 inches high.
Tomato plants grow throughout the whole year. All they need is sun and regular watering.
There are many other fruits and veggies that can regrow from scraps.
Source: Juicing For Health