Stop! Before you throw those food scraps out, did you know you can regrow them? And with the price of fruit and veggies astronomically sky high at the moment, you are going to want to read this - to be both sustainable and save your pretty pennies!
All you need is the food scraps (natch), pots, containers, water, some glass jars, some primo nutrient dense soil mix, and a green thumb!
Coriander, basil, mint
Okay not a veggie but herbs are just as good! To regrow, make sure there’s about 7 centimetres of stem. Place the stems upright in a glass of water. When the new roots begin to sprout, transfer the herbs into a pot of soil and let there be herbs!
Also answers to shallots and spring onions, green onions are pretty easy peasy to regrow. Snip them about 2.5 centimetres from the roots and leave them in a glass of water, and voila, onions aplenty!
Potatoes, potatas. Want to get more bang for your taters? Keep them potato peelings! Ideally with ‘eyes ‘ on them. Then cut those peelings into two inch pieces, ensuring there’s at least two - three eyes on each piece. Allow them to dry overnight and then plant them (eyes facing up!) about 16cm deep in soil. Wait a few weeks then pow! Potatoes for the people! Or your fam bam.
Garlic is great to regrow because it’s easy - and can be done from just one clove. Save a clove and plant it with the roots facing down in potting soil. Garlic just loooves the sun, so plenty of direct sunlight please! Once you notice that new shoots have shot, cut the shoots back and your plant will produce a bulb. You can take part of this new bulb and plant again.
AvocadoYes you can regrow avocado! Can we get a hell yeah!? This’ll save you squillions! Now, it’s all in the seed - wash it and poke it with toothpicks to suspend it over a jar of water (which should come up enough to cover the bottom inch of the seed). Keep the jar in a warm place but not in direct sunlight and remember to check the water every day and fill ‘er up as needed. Fast forward six weeks, and the stem and roots should appear. Once the stem reaches about 15cm you will need to cut it down to 7cm. When leaves begin appearing, you can plant the seed in soil, remembering to leave about half of it above ground.
Do you have a sustainable regrowing food tip to share? We’d love to hear all about it! Let us know what things you do to get your green thumb on. Find us @podandparcel