Buying quality fruits and vegetables is an important step in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People rely on these nutritious food items to help incorporate important vitamins and minerals into their diets.
However, getting your hands on fresh fruits and vegetables isn’t always cheap or convenient. Organically grown veggies can cost a lot of money, and if you’re a family on a budget, sometimes it just isn’t feasible.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can buy organic produce just once or twice and get all the produce you need. All you have to do is save your scraps!
1. Pineapple: That’s right, you can grow your own pineapple at home! All you need to do is cut away any remaining fruit, peel back some of those outer leaves, and let the top sit in fresh water until roots begin to grow.
2. Ginger: You can easily grow your own ginger at home. After all, the most commonly used part is already a root. Have you ever noticed how, if you store ginger for too long, it will start to sprout? Well, go ahead and plant it! Just remember to grow it indoors since it is a tropical plant that needs a warm stable environment in order to thrive.
3. Basil: It doesn’t get any easier than growing your own basil! All you need to do is take a cutting from an adult plant and let it sit in water for four days until roots form. Then, transplant it and keep it watered. You’ll have pesto all year long!
4. Mint: Growing mint is just as easy as growing basil, and it’s even more fragrant. There’s nothing finer than a bushel of mint in the windowsill. Let your cuttings sit in water until roots form and then transfer them to potting soil.
5. Green onions: Having green onions around in your kitchen adds flavor and color to almost every dish, but you don’t need to keep buying them! Put the roots of a green onion in water and watch your onions grow. You don’t even need to transplant these into soil either; simply harvest them when you’re ready.
6. Red onions: This one is easy, but a little bit different than some other vegetables on the list. If you want to grow your onions from store-bought onions, pick one with a prominent root. Then, cut off the end and let it dry out for a day or so. After that, you can plant it in soil. Make sure none the entire bulb is buried; none of the onion should be visible. Finally, water it and wait for your onion to grow!
7. Garlic: Growing garlic is really easy—and really rewarding. All you need to do is plant your leftover cloves in soil and keep them inside. You won’t grow another clove this way, but you will grow garlic greens, which add a nice mild garlic flavor to your dishes.
8. Fennel: Not everyone is wild about the taste of fennel, but if this licorice-tasting treat does it for you, you can easily grow it on your own! Simply place the bulb in water and harvest the tops as needed.
9. Celery: Celery is another one of those plants that’s a cinch to grow and it happens to look really pretty in the process! All you need to do is put the base of the plant in water and wait for roots to sprout. Then, transfer it to a moisture-rich potting soil.
10. Lemongrass: Lemongrass is one of those rewarding plants that seems like it should be difficult to grow on your own, but that couldn’t be further from the case. Place leftover stalks in water, allow them to grow roots, and transfer them to soil. They can grow up to five feet tall!
11. Lettuce: While growing your own lettuce can be challenging (not all lettuce can be regrown at home, and some come back smaller, after all), it is definitely worth trying! Put the roots in water and change it daily. Who knows? It might just surprise you.
12. Sweet potatoes: Growing your own sweet potatoes takes a lot of time, but it is definitely worth it. In the spring, put your potatoes in a cup of water so they are halfway submerged. Once the roots form fully, separate each one and plant it outdoors once you are sure the threat of frost has passed.
13. Potatoes: Interestingly, potatoes are the easiest of all the plants to grow at home; they sprout all on their own without any water after their dormancy period. Once they sprout, chop up your potatoes and bury them outside. Water them regularly and wait for that sweet starchy goodness to emerge!
Who knew that there were so many different vegetables that people throw away that could actually be regrown—saving them tons of money? It’s amazing how easy it can be to grow things at home.
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