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Grocery or Food contributes to one of the highest parts of your monthly budget. If you shop for grocery for your household then you are well aware of this thing. Also, it is one of those necessary expenses which cannot be avoided but you can definitely save money by growing some fruits and veggies from kitchen scraps.
The good thing is that you do not need any expensive gardening equipment or seeds, you can grow many fruits and vegetables by just using their scraps. Sounds strange! Trust me growing veggies and fruits from kitchen scraps is extremely easy.
Here is a list of some fruits and vegetables which you can grow yourself by just using kitchen scraps and save money.
Onion is must have in any kitchen. Growing onions is pretty easy.Cut the onion in half or just cut the bottom 2″ part containing its roots.Plant the root end and cover it lightly with potting soil. Keep it in a sunny area. It takes around 4-5 months for the first harvest of onion.
In a container full of water, just put the white base with roots and place it in direct sunlight. Remember to change the water in every few days, greens will continue growing. Just cut what you need and allow to grow it as long as you like.
Growing Mushroom is a bit difficult but not that much that you can’t grow. Cutaway head and plant the stalk in soil leaving the top exposed. Make sure to plant in the soil very rich in nutrients. Since mushrooms like warm and humid climate, place it in a warm area with lots of humidity.
Growing garlic is very easy. Pull out one clove from a garlic and plant with roots facing down in the soil. Garlic needs a lot of sunlight.once new shoots get established, cut them back and the plant will produce a bulb.
Nothing gets easier than growing ginger. Just plant a piece of ginger in the soil. New shoots and roots will appear in around a week. Pull out and use again. If you wish to re-grow again just save a piece of rhizome to plant back next time you want.
6.POTATOES AND SWEET POTATOES
Cut into 2-3 pieces and make sure each piece has at least 2-3 eyes on it.Let them dry and plant them about 4″ deep and about 10-12″ apart. It will take a few weeks until you start noticing any growth. Make sure to keep sweet potatoes in a warm room for around 15-20 days as this is what makes them sweet.
Growing celery cannot be easier than this. Cut the base of celery and keep it in a bowl of water. Keep it in direct sunlight until base thickens and leaves start growing. When this happens, transfer to soil and wait to grow fully.
8.LETTUCE AND CABBAGE
Don’t throw those leftover leaves of lettuce or cabbage. Instead, place them in a bowl with little water in the bottom. Keep in a place receiving enough sunlight and moist the leaves with water a couple time in a week. As soon as you notice roots begin to appear, transplant them to the soil. You can even grow Bok Choy using the same procedure.
You can have a steady supply of avocados for free. Just wash the seed and suspend over water in a bowl using toothpicks. Place it in a warm place away from direct sunlight. Check everyday and add water if needed. Roots and stem appear in or around six weeks, once stem reaches 6-8″ cut it in half. When you see leaves appearing, plant the seed in soil keeping half of it above the ground.
Salvage the top of a beet and put in a container of water. In a few days, new green tops start growing, allow it to grow for some time and then transplant to soil. You can also use the same method for Turnips and parsnips.
Pepper is a plant that doesn’t require much care. Just collect the seeds of your favorite pepper and plant them in potting soil. Keep it in direct sunlight, pepper derives its hotness due to warm climate it requires to grow. They grow relatively fast, enjoy your produce once you get a new crop.
Enough talking of vegetables, let’s move to some fruits. Pineapple is many people’s favorite including mine. Growing pineapple is not a rocket science. Slice off the top part carefully and place it in water for around 2-3 weeks, so as to form roots. Remember to change the water every other day or so and place it in direct sunlight. When you notice roots formation, transfer to potting soil. Pineapples require warm climate to grow well. Don’t be so excited yet, it requires around 2-3 years for the first harvest of pineapple.
Yes, Lemon is a fruit and it can be grown easily from seeds. People living in extremely cold places can even grow a dwarf lemon tree indoors. Make sure to clean and dry the seeds before planting them in a nutrient-rich soil. Most Lemon trees take about 3 years before you can have any harvest. But once they do, you get a harvest every year. “Eureka” lemons are a variety of lemons that can be picked year round, but the primary season to harvest lemons is from late winter to early summer.
Herbs, they are essential for our food. Let’s start with growing fennel. Keep an inch of the base of fennel in a container with nearly a cup of water.Place in direct sunlight. When you notice that new shoots are coming from the center of the base, transfer to soil.
Growing Basil is pretty easy. Just put a 3-4″ high stem of basil in a glass of water and make sure to keep leaves well above the water line. Place it in a bright area away from direct sunlight. When you see roots reaches a few inches (generally happens in around 2-3 weeks), transfer them carefully into soil.
Just like basil you can grow cilantro as well just by putting a 3-4″ high stem of cilantro in a glass of water and placing in a bright area. When roots reaches a few inches transfer into soil carefully.
Here is an infographic showing how to grow some common fruits and vegetables.
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