Garbage to Garden

Spring is on the way – is your garden ready? Gardening is a fun activity that brings the family together and puts healthy food on your plate. Right now is the perfect time to begin preparing your garden, and the good news is it’s cheap. You can grow healthy, tasty food in your garden, starting with just kitchen scraps! If you don’t have a yard, try using small containers in your window to grow your own food.

Onions, Leeks, & Shallots
These plants grow very quickly from kitchen scraps. After you’ve cut off the part you use to cook, place the root end(s) in a jar of water. Keep that jar in sunlight and refresh the water as needed. In just a few days, it will begin to re-grow. When you see new roots, you can put it in soil.

Potatoes
Cut up a potato into pieces that are 2-3 inches. Make sure each piece has at least one eye. An eye is a small bump or sprout. Let the potato pieces dry for a day after you cut them. Next, plant these pieces with their eyes up in 4 inches of soil. When you see new roots appear, add more soil.

Celery, Lettuce, & Cabbage
Cut the leaves or stalks off, leaving only an inch above the roots. Place the roots in a dish of water in a sunny location. When you see new roots, you can plant it in soil. Be sure the top of the plant stays exposed when you put it in soil.

Basil
Take the basil stems and place them in a glass of water. Keep the water level just below the leaf line. Keep the glass in a warm place with indirect sunlight. In a few days, you will see new roots. Plant the basil in soil when the roots are a couple of inches long.

Garlic
Simply take a clove of garlic and plant it root-down in soil with open sunlight. When you see new green shoots, cut them. This will encourage the bulb to grow. When you have grown a new bulb, you can break off a clove and repeat.

Cherries
You can easily grow a cherry tree with just a cherry pit. Plant the cherry pit in soil in a closed container, and put it in the refrigerator for a few weeks. This will begin the growing process. In 12 weeks, you can plant it in soil. It will take years before the tree will grow fruits, but flowers should appear in 1 to 2 years.

Follow these steps for a fun gardening project that puts fresh fruits & veggies on your plate!

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