(TruthSeekerDaily) Being a green thumb just got a whole lot greener with this ingenuitive gardening idea that is all about recycling. Before tossing out the food waste from your next meal, save it…it can be used to create more food!
Today’s scraps can be replanted to become tomorrow’s crops, as the most inexpensive and easy way to grow your own garden. Also, by replanting this way, you will be doing your part to change to trend in America of wasting good food. We throw away over 133 billion pounds of food every year, and still people go hungry right here in our homeland.
It’s important to note that it’s best to start the re-grown garden with fruits and vegetables that have been organically sourced. Non-organic produce is laden with pesticides and is herbicide-treated and as such won’t grow a second generation. Additionally, GMO fruits or vegetables, are likely bred from suicide seeds that won’t produce another generation of viable seed.
Grow nutritious and nutrient-dense food right at home for your friends and family, starting with these five foods:
1. You know the root ends you usually chop off of green onions before adding them to your favorite dish? Instead of ditching them, soak the roots in a container of water, leaving a short shaft of green above the water line in about an inch of clean water, and place them in the sun. As the plants grow taller, keep the water level higher. The roots will grow longer too, and in a few weeks you can transplant them to your garden to grow a whole new batch of green onions for your next gourmet delicacy, as the green part usually utilized in cooking grows back!
2. Before throwing away the root base of your celery – another part of food we often dispose of – think again and save it. Set the base in a glass of shallow water, and in about a week you will see new celery shoots growing out of the center of the stock. I’ve started new celery in a kitchen window many times, and transplanted it to my garden once it starts to grow a few inches high. Suddenly it is now a brand new plant. Just make sure you plant once you start to see the outer stalks deteriorate. Celery likes cooler weather, so if it is too hot outside, you can transplant to a pot in your kitchen or by a sunny window in your home as well.
3. Stop buying baby carrots, which are really just smashed up carrots reformed into little bit-sized pieces, and purchase organic carrots with the ‘tops’ still on. Use that green to re-grow some new carrots – well the greens, anyhow, which are actually very nutritious. You can’t re-grow an actual carrot, since you are eating the root of the plant when you consume them, but you can re-grow the carrot green tops using a little water, some sunlight, and a clear, shallow dish. Beet and turnip greens can be grown similarly.
4. The next time you buy fresh ginger, don’t fret if you don’t think you’ll use all of it before it goes to waste. Instead, plant it, and grow even more fresh ginger. Just plant the newest buds (they kind of look like little eyes forming on the stalk) of the ginger facing up in potting soil. Find a nice rhizome from the store, use some to spice up a fresh juice or delicious dish, and then plant the remaining section.
5. If you love summer and spring salads, try re-growing new romaine lettuce leaves from the heart. Lettuce is a great food to have around, and you can save quite a bit re-growing your own, especially since organic prices are usually higher than conventionally grown for most produce.
*It’s also possible to grow potatoes, garlic that’s started to sprout, turmeric, pineapple, and red and white onions.
Think of how much money you can save while also doing your part to save the planet, with this fun way to grow and re-grow your own healthy food!
h/t: [ Natural Society ]