Regrow and Replant!
Did you know that you can regrow most fruit and vegetables from leftovers? Now that you’re thinking about it, it makes sense… most fruit is full of seeds and most vegetables are rooted… Keep up and we’ll discover how you could have your own recycled garden!
If you are looking at a sustainable vegetable garden, recycling your cut-offs and ‘scraps’ is a perfect way for low maintenance, low cost gardening!
Most vegetables and herbs can be regrown from clippings and bases that we usually throw straight into the compost! Some of these vegetable scraps can be planted straight back into the ground and with constant watering, will continue to grow. Some require water storage to promotes new root life.
If you consider what you may use daily or weekly and how you can save on costs, below is a quick guide to some of the more popular fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes are the easiest of any fruit/ vegetable to regrow. Simply keep a slice handy and place on top of a pot full of soil, lightly cover the slice with more soil and water. Within 7-14 days the seeds will germinate, and you start seeing results not long after. (The same can be done with the root of an onion).
Lettuce, Celery, Cabbage
Simply regrow these vegetables from their bases or leaves. Once you have a clean base, place in a bowl with a bit of water at the bottom to cover the base (You can do the same with the leaf of a lettuce). Within a week, you should notice new life and you’ll be able to plant your vegetable.
Turnips, Carrot, Radishes, beets
Root plants regrow similarly to lettuce. Instead of tossing the end of your rooted plant, place in a container of water, continue growing the root until it is ready for planting
Cherries, Apples, Lemons, Oranges, Avocadoes can all be replanted from the fruit seeds. A bit of care for the seed is necessary and the care differs between plants. Most fruit trees will not produce fruit for 5-7 years. To propagate seeds, most require storage for weeks before ready to plant. Some will require dry, clean storage, while other will require a wet, humid environment.
If you have kids who love the outdoors, a recycled garden could become the perfect hobby, with nothing but a little bit of water and love, there’s nothing to lose! ‘Regrow’ your garden today.