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15 Amazing Foods You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps

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Don’t throw away your old potatoes! Don’t toss your chopped lettuce ends! Did you know you can grow food from kitchen scraps? Regrowing your veggies is a great way to enjoy food you already have on hand in a fresh, new way. If you have kids, they’ll love watching their food grow. Keep reading to learn how to regrow your kitchen scraps for free.

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You don’t need much to grow food from your kitchen scraps. A shallow takeout container, jar, paper towels, rinsed out plastic milk jugs or plastic cups will do. Many of these you can grow right on your windowsill. Get creative! Here’s 15 Foods You Can Easily Regrow From Kitchen Scraps:

Easily Grow Food From Kitchen Scraps

1. Garlic

You can regrow garlic from garlic cloves. Simply plant the cloves in a little soil either directly outdoors in the ground, in a potting container or in a shallow dish such as a takeout container and watch them sprout. Each clove will eventually create another cluster of garlic. You can snip and use the fresh, green sprouts in your favorite dishes for additional garlic flavor. Find more easy to grow garden plants here.

2. Green Onions

After you’ve used green onions in your favorite recipe, save the white ends with roots and plant into a little soil. The green onions will regrow in no time and you can reuse them again!

3. Onions

Ever had onions start to get mushy? This usually starts right when they are beginning to shoot up new green growth. Simply place the entire onion into soil either directly in the ground or in a large container pot and watch the onion grow. The long, skinny leaves can be chopped and put into salads, soups, and many other savory dishes.

4. Lettuce – Grow Food!

When you the cut the head off of romaine lettuce, keep the stem! Just plant the bottoms in a little soil or place in a jar with a little water and the romaine will soon shoot up new leaves you can add to your favorite salad.

5. Potatoes

Ever had “eyes” grow on your potatoes? Each of these “eyes” is potentially a new plant waiting to grow! Simply plant the entire potato into the ground January through February for a harvest of potatoes later.

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6. Sweet Potatoes


First, sprout the sweet potatoes (which technically aren’t really potatoes by the way) in a little water. Little vines called slips will begin to grow on the sweet potatoes which is what you’ll plant in the ground. Sweet potatoes love the our heat and look pretty in flower beds in case you don’t want to grow a separate garden.

7. Basil – Grow Food

Oftentimes, basil can be found in the grocery section of your favorite store complete with roots and a little soil. Simply replant the entire plant into soil and keep watered for continued growth. The more you snip, the more compact the plant will grow. You can also root the snips in a cup of water and replant those.

8. Squash

Go buy your favorite squash and save the seeds for planting directly into the ground–no rinsing required. Our favorites to regrow are butternut and spaghetti squash. Although there is the chance you might grow a cross-pollinated variety, because of modern-day farming methods this has never actually been a problem for us. We recommend regrowing butternut, acorn, heirloom and traditional pumpkins, and spaghetti squash as we’ve had success with these.

9. Melons

Did you know you can regrow cantaloupe by simply planting the seeds directly in our garden? Next time you slice open a sweet, aromatic cantaloupe, consider saving the seeds for more cantaloupe later on.

10. Tomatoes

Instead of tossing tomatoes that are getting squishy, slice the tomato and plant the entire slice in a little soil. The seeds will sprout and before you know it you’ll have vine-ripe, juicy tomatoes of your own to add to sandwiches, sauces, and soups.

11. Cilantro / Coriander

Did you know that sometimes coriander seeds will sprout if planted? We’ve had success with even inexpensive brands of coriander. The plant that grows is actually called something else…cilantro. Add cilantro to your favorite recipes and enjoy.

12. Beets

Beet tops can be regrown from beets. Beet tops are a little more palatable for most folks than beetroot, plus if you’re only giving the regrowth a “haircut”, then you can have fresh beet tops for a long time. They don’t take up a lot of space and can also be grown in a windowsill in a cup.

13. Bok Choy

Bok Choy can be regrown just like Romaine lettuce! Harvest just the outer leaves and you’ll have a constant supply of bok choy for several weeks.

14. Celery

Celery can be regrown by placing it in a cup with a little water and letting it grow roots. Optionally, once roots begin to grow, place in soil and keep watered. Soon you will have another celery plant!

15. Turnips

Just like beets, turnips can also be regrown from kitchen scraps.

15 Foods You Can Regrow From Kitchen Scraps

Regrow your groceries with these amazing ideas using your own kitchen scraps. Grow food using just a few items you probably already have on hand.

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