Instead of throwing food scraps such as vegetable stems, butts, and seeds away, some gardening tips will assist you in regrowing them into plants.

Here are some of the most common methods for growing food from leftovers at home.

Using tops of fruits and vegetables

Method: cut off the tops and place them in a saucer of water to soak. To avoid rot, let the tops dry out a little first. Plant it out when little side roots form.

Carrots, turnips, radish, and pineapple are among the vegetables that can be grown.

Pineapples are cultivated from the top of other pineapples rather than from seeds. You’ll need to dry the top of an existing pineapple and plant it.

Using bottoms/bulbs

Method: make sure the foundation is in good shape. Place the base in a basin with enough water to keep it moist.

Within 1-2 days, celery and bok choy will reshoot. Plant onions, leeks, and fennel after roots have formed.

You can grow celery, onions, coriander, leeks, garlic, lemongrass, bok choy, fennel; lettuce if roots are intact.

Place about 2 inches of celery from the root in a shallow basin with water, sprinkling the top regularly to keep it wet. Before a new root system grows, replace every couple of days with fresh water then plant it into the ground according to Eatingwell.

Using seeds

Method: take the seed from the ripe fruit and dry it completely on kitchen paper. Until ready to plant, store in an airtight container.

Tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, peppers, avocados, oranges, and lemons are among the fruits and vegetables that can be grown.

If avocado seeds’ bottoms are submerged in water, they will germinate, but they will need at least two trees to produce fruit after about seven years.

Plant the seeds from your tomato in a tiny pot, keep it well-watered while waiting for a new plant to sprout. Transplant the plant to a larger pot or outside once the fear of frost has gone and it gets a height of several inches.

Bell or hot pepper seeds can be saved. Plant them in the ground and give them water often.

Using tubers/rhizomes

Method: plant fresh ginger with a light covering of potting mix; it develops all year in warm climates, but it is best done in the spring in cooler climates, except maintained indoors.

When sweet potatoes are submerged in water, they will produce new roots and shoots, but this may take several weeks. Cut off the new shoots, soak them in water until they sprout roots, and then plant them outside when the weather warms up to start a new sweet potato season.

Allowing potatoes to dry for a few days after cutting them into 2-inch chunks. In early spring, sow directly into the ground, and enjoy delicious fresh potatoes in summer.

Marie St Ledger, a passionate gardener who used to grow tiny bits of carrot in laboratory plates as a microbiology student shared, “I planted out a parsnip and carrot tops in the garden. They both grew into full-sized plants with beautiful flowers and masses of seed, which I’ve saved to grow again”.

“It was one of those fun activities you do as a kid, sticking the carrot top in water and watching it grow,” she said according to ABC Everyday.

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