Jun 04

Vegetables from Scraps? Yep, You Can Grow That!

Heaven knows where it started, but bloggers, Facebookers, Pinheads and more are sharing information on regrowing vegetables from their scraps.

Some of these we Joneses already knew about, and for many years. Horseradish, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and garlic have been in the gardens for a long time. One we knew but never tried is ginger.

Others, such as celery, leeks and romaine lettuce came as a surprise.

So we decided to check it out and see if it is true.
Here are some of the results:

Who knows what's below?

Who knows what's below?

The ginger is doing well, in spite of taking a hit during an unusual cold snap. After growing it for a year, it'll be interesting to see the results.
At least it's sooner than a pineapple.

The mini veggie garden.

The mini veggie garden.

We also started leeks, celery and romaine lettuce bottoms in water. Changing the water every few days keeps it fresh and full of nutrients the plants need.

So far, so good.

So far, so good.

After 2 weeks we were impressed with the new growth.

Romaine, yes. Iceberg? Probably not.

Romaine, yes. Iceberg? Probably not.

The romaine lettuce is doing great. I have heard some people say they have been able to get multiple plantings from just one plant. I must say that would be pretty neat.

Will it grow the best part?

But will it grow the best part?

The leek is also coming along. Since what you eat is the white bottom portion, we'll keep an eye on this one. If it shows any evidence of a bulb, we'll 'hill' some soil around it to encourage more white.

Now on many of these posts and shares, carrots are mentioned.
The truth is you cannot get a carrot from scraps; you see, even mis-information gets shared.

Wait for the greens to grow.

Wait for the greens to grow.

What you can get are seeds, something we in the north don't normally see.
This is something I learned as a kid. Hollow out a carrot top and fill it with water. Add more water as needed. It will sprout and eventually bloom.
So for old time sakes I started one and it's in the kitchen window. When I get some string, I will hang it up there like the one that used to hang in my bedroom almost 50 years ago...
Before I knew that the pretty flowers could give me something to plant.

So can you grow vegetables from scraps?
Yep, some at least. All in all this has been fun to try, and we'll post more info as we get it.
If nothing else, we'll have a little free food as well as an activity to do with our grandson.

Update 6/13/13: the carrot shriveled up. This was at least partly my fault for neglecting it. I know this works having done it before, so am going to try and wait until I have a nice large organic carrot form our garden. Perhaps that will make the difference.

you can grow that

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