Growing a small vegetable garden from your food waste
“Alone, we could only isolate ourselves from the world; together, we will be able to transform it”, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt. What if we made a small vegetable garden out of your food waste? What if the vegetable garden helped us to fight against food waste? Eureka! Discover now 15 different ways to make your own little home garden from your food scraps! Anti-waste and zero-waste tips, all at a lower cost, just the way we like them!
Creating a simple and ecological vegetable garden with vegetables
It is well known that vegetables have many benefits for the body and the mind. Let’s look at the vegetables you can use to create a home garden.
Discover the selection of the 14 best vegetables for your home garden.
Plant your garlic cloves (not necessarily sprouted), pointed end up, 2.5 cm deep and water once a week. Place the pot in the sun. After 4 to 8 weeks, the buds will emerge. Leave the onion-shaped part and remove the head of garlic (hard, curly part). When the stalk reaches a height of about 10 cm, cut off the stalk, leaving 3 cm. Then, when the stems are dry and brown, dig up the cloves. Be patient, as garlic takes several months to ripen.
Shallots also grow very quickly. Use the same technique with onions. Always place the shallot in water with the root side down. Transplant the next day. And a week later, they get a second life.
Onions are one of the fastest growing vegetables. Hold the base of the onion at about 3 cm. Place this small piece in a glass of water. You can also add a whole onion if you already have sprouts. Transplant early. In just one week you will have a new one.
The green onion is no match for its cousin the onion. Hold the base with the roots, dip them in water, and place small filaments to feed the roots. Change the water regularly and wash the roots once a week. When the leeks are ripe, they turn into beautiful green leaves that can be eaten. This technique only harvests the green part of the scallion. But it is also very good!
Fennel grows back easily. Keep the core of the bulb and place it in a small amount of water while placing it in the sun. Wait a few days and you will see shoots appear on the side of the bulb. Lovely mini fennels!
Celery is one of the most pesticide-laden vegetables grown. A good reason to grow it yourself! Remove the core from the celery and place it in a bowl with water at the bottom. Place the bowl in the sun on the windowsill. After a few days, small shoots and roots will appear. Then re-pot it in the ground or in a larger pot. Water it regularly and keep it in the sun.
Ginger is propagated through the roots. Keep the pieces and plant them in pots, keeping them in a moist, shady environment. And it takes an average of 8-10 months for a new plant to emerge, so be patient… It’s a long time but it’s worth the wait!
Lemongrass regenerates like weeds and requires very little maintenance. Place the remains of the branches in a glass of water and place the glass in a sunny spot. The plant will grow roots and when it reaches 30 centimeters, you can cut off what you need. Then you can leave it in the water or plant it in the ground.
Remove most of the lettuce leaves and cut the stems into lengths of about 3 cm. Place the core in a bowl of water in a sunny place and immerse it halfway. Change the water regularly. After about 15 days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can taste them. Your lettuce will continue to grow. If planted in the ground, remove the dead leaves.
Same recipe as the lettuce. It is thanks to its heart that vegetative propagation is guaranteed. Place it in a bowl of water on the windowsill. And don’t forget to change the water regularly.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes
Take the potatoes and clean them well. Insert a toothpick in each side to keep a section out of the water. Put in water. The roots grow in the water and the leaves grow on top. Dry the potatoes well and plant them in your garden or in potato towers if space is limited. And in no time, you’ll be boasting real home fries!
Beetroot, carrot, and turnip tops
Set aside the ends and place them in a container at the bottom of the water. Keep them in the sun and change the water regularly to prevent them from going moldy. After a few days, new spikes will appear. You can either plant them in the ground with new roots or leave them in water (always change them regularly), you can make pesto.
Basil and coriander
Keep the stems at least 10 cm long. The longer the stem, the easier it is to propagate. Place in a glass filled with water. Change the water every 2 days. Place in the sun to promote regeneration. After one week the branches have developed roots. When the roots reach 2-3 cm, it can be planted in a pot or in the ground. Grow in a sunny place.
Growing mushrooms is not easy, but you will become an expert in no time! Start by removing the caps from the mushrooms. Then plant the mushroom stems in a container filled with soil mixed with compost and coffee grounds. Keep the jar cool, away from light and preferably in a slightly damp place. Spray the potting soil regularly with water. Enjoy it when it reaches the desired size.
“It’s from the flowers that you can tell the fruit”: Create your own fruit garden! Other vegetable garden!
Did you think we wouldn’t have some fruit to offer you? A little exoticism! The pineapple will be your best ally. It’s guaranteed!
Grow the pineapple! For good regrowth, it should not be too ripe or yellow, and the leaves should be green and not too dry. Keep the top of the fruit with the green leaves and place the pineapple stem in a bowl of water. Expose the bowl to light. After a month the leaves will dry out. Then small new leaves appear in the center with the roots. Then plant the pineapple in a pot and make sure you remove the dead leaves. Be patient but greedy.
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