5 Plants You Can Grow from Your Garbage!

Instead of throwing out the undesirable ends of freshly chopped organic veggies, why not put them to use! Americans throw away billions of dollars of food every year, so get the most for your money. Many of the veggie discards you usually throw out can actually be used to grow more crops. Here are 5 relatively easy ones that will extend your organic buck.

Onions. Green onions are extremely easy to propagate. When you chop the roots off of green onions, place them in a bowl of water with a little bit of the green shaft sticking above the surface. Set them in a warm, sunny area and continue to add water as the plants grow taller. Once the roots are big enough, gently untangle them and transplant them into a pot in your sunny kitchen or your outdoor garden. You must transplant them, as they need the nutrients from the soil to keep growing. Red and white onions can also be revitalized in a similar manner.

Celery. Stop throwing away the root bases of your celery! Freshly cut root bases can re-grow and yield an entirely new crop! Simply set the base in a glass of shallow water in the window and watch shoots reappear. Then, you can transplant it into a pot or garden and watch your “garbage” celery grow into a delicious new crop.

Sweet potatoes. Just like white potatoes, sweet potatoes spout with “eyes.” Bury the sweet potato under a thin layer of moist soil in a sunny location. Shoots take a week to appear, and once they reach about 4 inches high, you can cut them off and replant them about a foot apart. With any luck, in 4 months you’ll have homegrown, organic sweet taters! Beware, if you plant them outside, keep and eye out for slugs, who also are partial to delicious sweet potatoes.

Ginger root. Ginger is surprisingly easy to grow from leftover chunks of a knob. Place a small bit of the root in a pot of soil with the smallest buds pointing skywards. Place the pot in a moist environment with filtered sunlight and let it grow. Ginger plants are very attractive in the house. When you need a new ginger root, dig up the entire plant, harvest the root, and cut off a small bit to pot and plant again for the next time you need ginger.

Romaine lettuce. Check out this video and learn how easy it is to repurpose your romaine stubs. The heart can re-grow, and since organic lettuces are often pretty pricey, it is a great way to save cash on those delicious summer salads.

Other foods that you can salvage include white potatoes, sprouting garlic, and even pineapple. Be warned; conventional plants probably wonít regrow, so be sure to invest in high quality organic produce. Stop wasting your food and your money. Make the most of your organic veggies and have fun in the process!

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Sonia M

Love plants.Good tips thanks for sharing

Elaine W
Elaine W7 months ago

This is great to know. Thanks.

Janet B
Janet B7 months ago


Karin Geens
Karin Geens8 months ago


Camilla V
Camilla V8 months ago


Angela K.
Angela K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

kay jowett
Kay jowett2 years ago

Love these tips can't wait to try the ginger one

Michelle Krogman
Michelle Krogman3 years ago

going to try some of these, especially ginger! Thanks.

Yvette S.
Yvette S3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Gloria Gieseke
Gloria Gieseke3 years ago

I've been growing all those for years. Garlic, too, from the cloves that start showing a green sprout on the top. Be sure to plant the individual cloves with the green pointing up. And, as the garlic grows you can trim some of the green tops for your salad or soups, without waiting weeks for the garlic to mature.

Tomatoes are easy to grow from the seeds you don't want to eat. You can throw the gel and seeds in some good soil and watch them grow. You'll have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. The same goes for bell pepers, jalapenos, or any fresh pepper you use. You can put the seeds directly on the soil or dry them a little before you plant them. Either way, they will grow well. When the plants are a few inches tall, separate and transplant then to the ground or in big pots. Some hardy herbs like thyme, oregano, mint and rosemary also propagate well from cuttings.

Enjoy the fruit of your garden experiments.