Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kitchen Scraps to Garden Gold

All of my seed starts have died this year.  Death by cat has been quite popular.  Either the cats knocked off the covers letting the seedlings dry out, or they just ate them....

My pets this year...

Anywhosits after seeing how healthy my planted ginger is, I got to thinking I might try growing a few more plants from kitchen scraps.  It started with the green onions I forgot about in the back of the fridge.... for 4 weeks. I thought they were completely dried out and dead.  I was about to toss them into the compost when I figured what the heck.  I stuck them in a vase of water.

They LIVE!!
I have had to change out the water daily, they really mess up the water fast.  This is about  week later.  They look healthy enough to plant. 

A few days later I finished up all the tastier parts from the celery, leaving just the inner core.  I cut off a thin slice from the bottom, since it had dried out and died.  This makes it easier for the plant to wick up moisture. 

Not too Shabby

I am not sure how well this one is going to do.  It is growing, but as you can see some of the leaves are browning  and the edges of the cut off stalks keep rotting.  I have to wash it all over daily and replace the water to keep it from going nasty. No signs of roots yet, however this is only day 4.

Then 3 days ago, I finished off a head of lettuce   We eat a lot of salad around here, so we go through close to 2 heads a week.  How great would it be to grow our own... so into another glass of water.  

I wasn't really planning to try and root this guy, so I really cut it down to the nub.  I doubt it will do well.   I will try cutting a little less on the next one. 

Last but not least, is the basil.  Now last year I started my basil from seed starting outside, and it grew great. I just really don't want to wait for the seed.  I would love to start harvesting basil next week if I can.  

I just started it last night.
The whole crew!
If I can get my garden growing for essentially free, sounds like a great idea to me.  Not to mention getting a head start on starting everything from seed outside.  If it doesn't work all I am out is a little counter space and time.  I will post updates as the season goes on. 


  1. What great tips and the kids will enjoy seeing everything grow........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  2. Good to know these things really work. I've seen the celery one pinned and had wondered about it.

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you again this Sunday!