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Save money and grow your own vegetables at home

Vegetables can be expensive, so why not try to grow tasty and healthy produce from scraps that you’d normally throw away. It’s also one of the ways that you can cut down on food waste, save money and teach valuable lessons about nature and sustainability. From celery and onions to spring onions and ginger root, check out how you can grow your own vegetable garden at home.

 

Leafy greens

Leafy greens that grow in heads such as lettuce, bok choy, celery and romaine are some of the easiest scraps to grow. Next time you’re cooking with these vegetables, don’t throw away the plant’s base. Here’s how you can grow your own leafy greens:

Step 1: Cut the plant’s base about 1 inch tall.
Step 2: Place it cut side up in a shallow saucer.
Step 3: Add ½ inch of water.
Step 3: Place the saucer in direct sunlight.
Step 4: Refresh the water regularly.
Step 5: After rooting, transplant your lettuce or bok choy in soil.
Step 6: Harvest your new leaves. Easy peasy!

 

Spring onions, celery and lemongrass

These bulb-like bases can be grown similar to those for leafy vegetables above. Here’s how:

Step 1: Cut the plant’s base about 1 inch tall.
Step 2: Place its root end down in a jar.
Step 3: Add ½ inch of water. Be sure that the water covers the roots, not the top.
Step 3: Place the saucer in direct sunlight.
Step 4: Refresh the water regularly.
Step 5: Transplant into soil once you see new growth.

 

Bean sprouts

Who remembers growing bean sprouts back in school? It’s one of the easiest vegetables to grow and delicious to eat, so it’s always handy to have in your garden. While you may not get the beans from scraps, you can easily buy it at the grocery store. If you’ve forgotten how to grow it, here’s how:

Step 1: Soak a tablespoon of the beans in a jar with shallow water.
Step 2: Leave overnight and in the morning, drain the water and put the beans back in the container.
Step 3: Cover the container with a towel overnight and rinse them the next morning.
Step 4: Repeat Step 2 and 3 until the sprouts begin to appear and reach the size that you want

Pro tip: This method works well with mung beans, soy bean and pea sprouts.

 

Potatoes

Bought too many potatoes and you can’t finish it before it starts sprouting eyes? Don’t worry, it’s the perfect time to grow your own potatoes! Here’s how:

Step 1: Cut potato peelings that have eyes on them into 2-inch pieces. Make sure to have at least two or three eyes on each piece.
Step 2: Dry them overnight.
Step 3: Plant them about 4 inches deep in the soil. Make sure the eyes are facing up when planting.

Do note that it’ll take a few weeks before the potato plant begins to grow.

 

Ginger

Now you don’t have to buy ginger anymore. Here’s how to grow your own ginger root:

Step 1: Plant a spare piece of ginger in potting soil. Make sure the buds are facing up.
Step 2: Place in direct sunlight. Water regularly.
Step 3: You’ll notice new shoots and roots in about a week or so.
Step 4: Harvest your new ginger!

You can repeat the steps to replant for the next time you need it. Just remember to save a piece of the rootstalk.

 

Garlic

Super easy and delicious, garlic has many uses. It’s handy to have in your garden too. Here’s how to grow your own garlic:

Step 1: Plant one clove of garlic with the roots facing down in potting soil.
Step 2: Keep in direct sunlight and preferably, outdoors. Water regularly.
Step 3: Once new shoots have grown, cut the shoots back and your plant will produce a bulb.
Step 4: Repeat Step 1 to 3 for a new bulb.

 

Onions

Onions are a staple in the kitchen. It’s also easy to grow indoors or out. Here’s how:

Step 1: Cut the root about ½ inch.
Step 2: Cover lightly with potting soil and keep in direct sunlight.
Step 3: Water every few days.
Step 4: Harvest when ready.

 

Garden aftercare

Once you plant your newly rooted scraps into the soil, handle them just like the other plants that you grow outdoors. Remember that the plants will benefit from regular watering and natural-based fertilizers help provide extra nutrients. By growing food from kitchen scraps, you can connect with nature, reduce food waste and have some fun, too!

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