Maybe you're in the market for a new hobby or maybe the spring time has you interested in starting a vegetable garden. Just like with any new project, the pennies can start to add up - especially if gardening is a new endeavor. It can be deterring for any new gardener. When starting a new hobby, most people don't want to invest to hundreds of dollars on something they're experiencing for the first time. Not to worry! We are going to teach you how you can get started with your new vegetable garden with little-to-no cost to you, just using your kitchen scraps!
The easiest and fastest-growing vegetables I've experienced so far are scallions or green
onions. Scallions are often packaged with their roots still intact, eliminating the hardest part of this process for you. After cutting off the green shoots (chives), simply place the white part in a shallow glass of water. The green shoots will regenerate in a matter of days. After about a week or two, you will notice an abundance of new roots growing from the white part (scallion). At this point, you can leave the scallion in water (changing out the water daily) or transfers to soil. Feel free to take clippings throughout this process. The chives will continue to regenerate.
This same process can be applied to a variety of other kitchen scraps as well
(they just require more time to generate roots).
The next time you purchase carrots, beets, purple onion, romaine lettuce, sweet potatoes, garlic, or even brussel sprouts (just to name a few), consider the return on your investment by experimenting with your kitchen scraps. For carrots and beets, you want to cut off the top part of the vegetable (where the leaves were originally) and place them in water as demonstrated in this picture. You will start to see new green leaves start to grow out of the tops of your scraps; however, they will not be ready to be planted until you see the roots.
Garlic and sweet potatoes are the exceptions. These scraps can be directly planted into soil and skip the soaking stage. Another helpful tip: planting garlic around your other vegetables will help to deter bugs and other critters from munching on your growing garden.
Now that you have a few ideas on how to start your vegetable garden using your very own kitchen scraps, the next thing to do is just have fun with it! Try these experiments care-free, knowing you're not breaking the bank. You may discover gardening to be an enjoyable hobby and (hello) you get to eat the rewards!
Good luck and happy gardening!!