Do you realize that more than one-third of all the food we produce in the world is wasted? Yes, really, 1/3 is gone! This equals 1.4 billion tons of food that gets wasted or lost, or just not consumed! And what’s even worse, just a tiny percentage of all that waste can be composted. Composting is good for helping reduce this waste but there are much better methods for saving food and dealing with all this waste.
We all can be saving money and food if we would be planting food scraps. There are indeed food items that can regrow from scraps, without the need to start from seeds. Just take a closer look at all the things we throw away. You may be very surprised by all the things that we can grow. We all are teaching our children about reducing waste and to recycle things, and this is actually a fantastic way to teach them just that! This article will show you how to bet get started with the activity of ‘Growing Foods From Scraps!’ Let’s take a closer look at some examples of how to grow beautiful and nutritious plants from food scraps.
Green Onions are among the easiest vegetables to grow out of food scraps. When you chop green when preparing your cooking, you should leave the onion base intact. The green onion’s white part (the part that has the little roots) is perfect planting. The white end should then be submerged with the roots in water and be placed near natural sunlight, for example in a windowsill.
After a few days, you will see that the green onions start to regrow. It will grow more roots, and you’ll notice that the onion’s green part starts growing back. To keep the plant in a healthy condition, you should change the water from time to time, and after a while, you can transfer the plant into soil to let it grow even faster. You and your kids will love to have a few of their own onions in your garden year round. You can use the same technique with celery.
If you want to teach your kids how to grow Romaine Lettuce, you can do exactly the same as with the green onions. Just cut off all the lettuce that you want to use for your cooking, and make sure to leave a few inches at the plant’s base. You can set the romaine heart in water, and you’ll see that, while the outer leaves are dying, new beautiful leaves will come up from the center. Later, you can put the new plant into the soil.
Ginger may be great to add to fresh juices, and leftover ginger may also very well be used for growing new ginger. Not only is ginger great for extra taste, if you teach your kids how to grow their own ginger, there will never be any shortage of the delicious stuff whenever you’re going to need it.
Just place the leftovers of the ginger plant in very moist potting soil. By the time the ginger starts to sprout, make sure the new buds are facing upward. As a tropical plant, ginger really loves humidity, and mostly the climate in our houses is just perfect for the plant. You should put the pot with the ginger buds near, but not directly in, sunlight. You will notice that soon new green shoots will start to grow from the soil and the plant’s roots will all spread out. You’ll never be out of ginger anymore!
By the time potatoes begin to grow eyes, most people will dump them as trash. Though these eyes may not be perfect to eat, they actually are the beginnings of new plants. So what you could do instead of putting them to the trash, is using them to grow new potatoes.
Your kids will also love to grow their own potatoes. If you want to grow baking potatoes, just cut them into a few pieces, and take care that each piece has a few eyes. Plant the potato pieces in potting soil that’s pretty moist, and it won’t be long before you can see that they begin to sprout. If you think about growing sweet potatoes, you should be planting the whole potato in potting soil, but see to it that the soil is moist. Once you see that the potatoes are sprouting, you also can make more cuttings and plant these separately. This way you will be producing more potato plants.