Foods to regrow from kitchen scraps

I don’t think there are any single gardeners who don’t want to grow vegetables in a cheap and effective way forward. Re-growing vegetables and fruits from kitchen scraps have been proved to be money saving, natural, less-time & effort consuming methods for growing vegetables at your backyards.

Let’s explore about the methods of growing fruits and vegetables using kitchen scraps and some of the species that you could work with.   



Is there anything i.e. more satisfying than watching green vegetables blooming inside your home or room; especially in these city areas full of houses where only vegetables with toxic chemicals are available.  If you want healthy food; lets make a small deviation from our routine lifestyle i.e. instead of throwing out all the kitchen scrap grow them with a very little effort.

If you don’t have a enough space; its nothing to worry about. A small bottle is enough to grow some of the vegetables which you could definitely think on.


Why to regrow food from kitchen scraps?

Food is our life. With the increase in population, earth space is being limited due to settlement. Food crisis is gonna be major problem in near future. Even though recently vegetables and fruits are available; they aren’t healthier due to heavy use of chemical fertilizers. In this scenario, re-growing of food from scraps will be the best option available to cope with it.


Foods To Re-grow From Kitchen Scraps


Onions are one of the easiest vegetable to regrow from  kitchen scraps. Instead of throwing it away as a waste, it could be regrown into a full new plant both inside and outside the house.


-Firstly cut off the onion root with half an inch of onion attached to the root and suspend it over water  so that onion bottom directly sits on the vessel.

– 3-4 later days  you can observe re-growing of onion through the rings and hairy root  will emerge (floating on the water).

-Presence of hairy root indicate time to transfer it to the soil containing vessel which should be placed in a sunny area.




Garlic can be grown from a single clove with quick step even in a small waste bottle. 


place a budding clove or whole bulb in a bowl and add water until it covers the bottom of the container and bottom of the clove.

-Remember the clove must not be submerged to avoid rotting.

change the water everyday and keep it in sunny area.

-After root hair appears, transfer it to soil.



A beautiful pineapple hanging on your balcony, with just a scrap that was meant to throw away. One which is meant to throw away will provide you with fruits and aesthetic beauty. 


-Take the top part of the pineapple and poke its base with 3-4 toothpick and suspend it over a bowl.

-Fill the bowl with water and let it in sunny area for 5-6 days. Don’t forget to change the water everyday and watch for roots to grow.

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– Transfer it to soil in a bit big vessel after root is seen.



A fresh spicy tasting food (ginger) can be grown with  small effort inside your kitchen.


-Firstly pull off a piece of ginger from a fresh chunk and place it in a soil  with smallest bud facing downward the pot.

-keep the pot away from direct sunlight and take care of it for few months.

-Then, it could be replanted again when it grows new shoot.



After a long storage, potatoes starts to shrink and forms eyes on itself, which we usually throw away but do you know? A half of potato can give you 10-14 potatoes if you show it. Than what to wait for, just begin by following these methods.


just cut a potato into half  with at least one or two eyes in it.

-Let it dry in room temperature for overnight.


-Then plant it in one foot distance in 8 inch of the soil.

-Harvest it after 5-6 months and take a taste of organic self grown potatoes.

The same methods can be applied for sweet potatoes also.



Carrot is one of the widely cultivated and consumed food all over the world. We keep on throwing its top- due lack of knowledge about its ability to re-grow from that top portion.


place a carrot top on a small bowl and cut side down with an inch of water.

-Place it in a sunny area near your window side. Don’t forget to change water everyday until it sprouts shoot.

-Then transfer it to the soil carefully without covering the shoot, and let it grow.

-This same protocol can be applied for radish and turnips too.



Instead of throwing out the leftover lettuce leaves you could regrow it for future consumption by following methods prescribed below:


-place lettuce leaves in a bowl with little bit of water in its base.

-place in area where it can get good sunlight and leave for 3-4 days.

-When root starts to appear; transfer it to the soil and get your lettuce grown for healthy diet.

Lettuce, bok choy and cabbage can be grown using the same process. Just be careful about availability of proper sunlight.



The waste stalk portion of mushroom can be grown so easily at our own by following simple procedures which is suggested below:


-Take the stalk portion after removing cap.

-Plant stalks in soil by covering everything except the very top region.

-place it in a shade without reach of sunlight and harvest it after it is grown.



A healthy tomato growing inside your house from a seed scrap is a beautiful gift. Waste tomatoes could also be re-grown into fresh, appealing and undeniable one by following simple cultivation methods.


Firstly rinse the tomato seeds and allow it to dry.

-plant dry seeds in a soil pot and keep in proper sunlight.

If needed transfer it into other pots


Bean sprouts

Some fresh beans can be grown in small space too. Wasted beans could be re-used for growing another plant from that wastage.


-Soak some beans in water and let it for overnight.

-Remove  water and cover the container, and rinse it with water everyday. Repeat this process until sprouts appears.

-When sprouts are seen plant it on the soil and place in proper sunlight.


For other scraps

For other scraps like tree fruit if you have space around your house :

-You can take the seed and place it on water for some day by changing water daily.

-Some days after when seed seems to germinate transfer to a small pot for leaves and stem to appear.

-Transplant the growing little plant to the garden in the position where you want your tree to grow.

Main thing to consider during tree plant germination, remember the seed is from original breed. This will give a better result. Otherwise you will get a sterile plant.


Beside Re-growing what could you do from kitchen scraps?

Beside re-growing food plant from kitchen scraps, you can collect it in a container to make compost manure which provides a best nutrients for the plants you have planted .




Prativa Bhatta

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