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Regrow Food Scraps: 21 Vegetables You Can Grow Quick Harvesting

Many of us have too many organic wastes in our home. I met a neighbor some days ago throwing away a full basket of kitchen scraps. She said that she’s really disturbed about the trash generating at her kitchen from organic things every day. From that day I was thinking of writing an article for everyone on ways you can utilize your kitchen scraps.
The best use of your kitchen scraps is to regrow new vegetables from them. Yes, you read that right! You can regrow vegetables, make mulch, use the scraps as compost and start gardening at home. After reading this article you will think twice before throwing your kitchen scraps on the dustbin.
So, here are the names & details about some vegetables which you can regrow from the kitchen scraps at home.

1. Lettuce

How to regrow

To regrow lettuce, you need to place their scraps in a bowl with a bit of water in the bottom of the bowl. It’s the easiest to regrow from scraps. You need to keep the bowl in a place where it can get a good sunlight. Also, you need to mist the leaves with water a couple of times in a week. Within a few days, your lettuce will grow as big as you normally get from the market. This method also applies to regrow cabbage.
Though it won’t be a bowl full of lettuce, it will be enough for you to make your salads and spread over your sandwich. So, instead of throwing out those leave scraps, just get them and regrow them.

Minimum Square required:

To regrow lettuce in this method you will need a bowl of 4-6 sq. inches.

Growing time to have roots
It’s a fun to see the roots and leaves of lettuce growing. Most likely, after 3 or 4 days, you will notice roots beginning to appear along with new leaves.

Time to harvesting crops
For harvesting, you need 10-12 days at a minimum. That means after10-12 days you can have your lettuce grown up from your kitchen scraps & you can eat them all.

2. Potatoes

How to regrow

Potatoes can be grown from potato peels. To regrow potato, you need potato peels as scraps. Take peels that have eyes on them. Then cut those peels into pieces. Note that each piece is of 2 inches and have at least 2-3 eyes on each piece. Let the peels dry overnight and then plant them a minimum 4 inches deep on the soil. You need to pace the eyes up while planting.
Minimum Square required
To plant your potato on the soil you will need at least 10-12 sq. inches of soil.
Growing time to have roots
Within 3-4 weeks your potato plants will begin to grow.
Time to harvesting crops
After planting you need almost 10 weeks to harvest and make mashed potato with them. Btw, I really like the mashed potato you know!

3. Lemongrass

How to regrow

I love lemongrass a lot personally. But I often face a difficulty to find it in the local shops. So, I regrow them in my own garden. Lemongrass will grow just like any other regular grass. You need to place the leftover roots in a glass bowl or in a jar. Make sure the bowl or jar whatever you use contain enough water to cover those roots. Leave it in sunlight.
Growing time to have roots
A week later you will notice your lemongrass growing newly. You can transplant your lemongrass plants in your garden when you see the new growth.Regrow Lemongrass

Minimum Square required
You need a minimum of 2 square inches of space in the jar to regrow the roots. In-ground planting you need a minimum of 24 inches space between the plants. A 5-gallon pot is an ideal size for allowing your lemongrass to spread.
Time to harvesting crops
A couple of months later, you will have a large cluster of green grassy blades shooting up. Once the lemongrass plants are minimum 1 meter long, you can harvest them whenever needed for your lemongrass recipes. I usually harvest all the stems of my lemongrass by autumn.

4. Bean Sprouts

How to regrow

I love cooking beans and thus I love to grow bean sprouts by myself. Just soak a tablespoon of beans in a jar of shallow water. Leave the beans soaked in water overnight. The next morning, drain off the water and put the beans back in the container. At this point, you need to cover the container with a towel overnight and rinse them off in the next morning. You need to keep doing this method until you see sprouts start to appear and they reach the size that you want. This method also works for wheat beans as well as mung beans.Regrow Bean Sprouts
Minimum Square required
You need a container or a box of around 3” in height as a growing container. I usually take an even bigger size than this because the bigger the container is, larger number of sprouts you can grow. For planting 2 pounds of bean sprouts you need minimum 100 sq. feet area.
Time to harvesting crops
After 4-5 weeks your beans will be ready for harvesting. By this time, they will be tall and nice to look at. Rinse the sprouts in a bowl full of water for separating the bean shells from sprouts. After you do all these your beans are ready to eat. You can keep the beans in your fridge for several days.

5. Celery

How to regrow

Regrow celery from scrapAnother food that is easiest to grow from scraps is celery. As scrap, you need to take the base of celery. Take some warm water in the bottom of a bowl and lay the base that you cut down. Each day keep the bowl in direct sunlight as much as possible. A week later you will notice thickening & growing celery leaves along the bottom. After the leaves thicken, you can transplant your celery in the soil. Eventually, it will grow to its full length.
Minimum Square required
To grow celery leaves in the bowl you will need a bowl of 6-8 inches. To transplant them after they got thicker & start to grow more you will require a minimum of 1 sq. feet area.
Growing time to have roots
A couple of days later, you will start to notice some small leaves growing from the center of the top. Within a week you will see small stems and leaves growing nicely. You might notice the cut stems around the outer base of the celery turning into brown color and coming off. Don’t be panic as it is very normal.
Always remember that you don’t need to keep the celery in the water for too long. Otherwise, the outer stem will get rotten seriously. It’s best if you plant them in the soil just after the new stem and leaves grow.
Time to harvesting crops
After 3-5 months of plantations, you can have your celery ready to eat.

6. Sweet Potatoes

How to regrow

We all love sweet potatoes I guess! They can also be grown from scraps like regular potatoes. Cut a sweet potato in half and using a toothpick just suspend it above a container of shallow water. Within a few days’ roots will start to appear and sprouts will be seen on top of the potato. When the sprouts are about 4 inches long, twist them off and put them in a container full of water. When the roots of this container will be about 4 inches long you can plant them in the soil.
Minimum Square required
You need to have at least 48 inches of area in the soil to plant your sweet potatoes.
Time to harvesting crops
After you regrow sweet potatoes in this method it will take almost 100 days for harvesting.

7. Ginger

How to regrow

I have a friend who always grows ginger by herself. I was really surprised when she said to me that she never buys ginger from the market. That’s the time I learned to regrow ginger. My friend says that the root of ginger is really easy to grow and once the process starts you will have the continuous supply of gingers at your home from your own garden.
To regrow ginger from scraps, you need to plant a piece of ginger root in the soil by making sure the buds are facing upwards. You will see new roots coming. Just remember to keep a piece of your ginger root from your kitchen scraps so you can replant & grow more by yourself.grows ginger
Minimum Square required
You just need an area of 1 sq. feet to plant you ginger roots.
Growing time to have roots
Ginger is a little bit slow to grow. But you have to be patient. After 2-3 weeks, you will see some new roots coming up.

Time to harvesting crops
A few months after the growth begins you can harvest small pieces of gingers from your garden.

8. Pineapple

How to regrow

There is a common assumption that you need to live in tropical areas to grow pineapples. But even if you are not living in a tropical area, you can you’re your own pineapples. Just cut the top of a pineapple and insert some toothpicks into it. Take a container filled with water. The toothpicks will help to hold the top of the pineapple above the container. You need to keep this container in direct sunlight during the daytime.
If you want you can keep the container at your porch in the daytime and bring it inside at night time. Change the water every other day and always keep the container filled with water. Make sure that the water reaches above the base of your pineapple.
Soon you will notice roots begin to form and then you can plant it in the soil. It’s better if you use a pot for growing pineapple. If you are living in a cooler area then try to grow your pineapples indoor.Regrow Pineapple Top
Minimum Square required
For planting in a potting soil, you will need an area of2 sq. feet per pineapple.
Growing time to have roots
Roots will be visible within a week. After you see the roots you can transplant it in your garden.
Time to harvesting crops
To get fully matured for harvesting pineapples in this method, you will have to wait for 6 months to 1 year depending on which type of pineapple you are growing.

9. Onions

How to regrow

Onions are very easy to grow both indoors & outdoors. Cut off the root of an onion leaving about a half an inch of it. Cover it with potting soil and leave in a sunny place.
You can also regrow green onions but the method is a little different. You need to put the white base with roots in a container of water. Make sure that the container is intact. Keep the container in direct sunlight. Change the water every 3-4 days and you will see your green onion has started to grow.
Minimum Square required
In the potting soil, you need a minimum of 48 sq. inches of area. For green onions, you need a 6-8 sq. inches container
Time to harvesting crops
You can have green onions ready as your meal within 20-30 days. Dry bulb onions take a bit longer time than the green one. It will take too 100-175 days to harvest dry bulb onions.

10. Garlic

How to regrow

Regrow garlicI find growing garlic really interesting. You can grow garlic just from one clove! Take several cloves of a garlic to pull off one and plant it in a potting soil. Note that the roots of the garlic should be faced down.
To regrow garlic from cloves, you need to keep the pot in direct sunlight. In warmer weather, you can keep it outdoors during the daytime. Within a few days, you’ll notice new shoots coming out. Then you need to just cut them and your plant will produce a bulb. Now, you don’t need to buy garlic from stores as you can take this bulb for cooking. Also, you can take some part of this garlic to regrow a new one!
Minimum Square required
You will need just 32 Sq. inches area in the potting soil to regrow garlic.
Growing time to have roots
A few days after plantation, it will start to produce roots.
Time to harvesting crops
Growing garlic is also a bit lengthy process like growing ginger. It will take you around 9 months to grow garlic from scraps.

 

11. Pumpkins

How to regrow

As fall has come already & Halloween is really near, I couldn’t resist myself including pumpkin is this list. Save some pumpkin seeds this Halloween to regrow pumpkins from them. Spread the seeds outdoor at your garden in a sunny area. Cover that area with soil and after 4-6 days roots will grow from those seeds.
You can also plant the whole pumpkin after you finish displaying your Jack-O-Lantern. You need to fill it in with soil and plant the entire thing to regrow a new one.
Minimum Square requires
It will take at least50-100 Sq. feet per hill (an inch or two apart in one hole called a hill)for your pumpkin seeds to regrow.
Time to harvesting crops
After flowering, it will take around 45-55 days to harvest your munchkins.

12. Mushrooms

How to regrow

Regrow MushroomsGrowing mushrooms is difficult than growing many other vegetables. You can grow mushrooms from cuttings. But you need a warm & sunny area with a lot of humidity as well as soil rich in nutrients. You should grow mushrooms in a pot rather than your garden as you will have a better control over the humidity & temperature.
Cut off the head of the mushroom and plant the stalk in the oil. You need to leave the top exposed and sooner this base will start to grow a new head.
Minimum Square required
You’ll need an area of 1 sq. meter per 1kilogram mushroom.
Time to harvesting crops
I have seen most of my friends who grow mushroom by themselves harvest for 35 to 42 days, although some harvest a crop for 60 days. It depends on what type of mushroom you are growing.

13. Tomatoes

How to regrow

We usually throw out tomato seeds anyway! But you can utilize those seeds to regrow those new red balls. Rinse tomato seeds and let them dry naturally. Plant the seeds in a rich potting soil. After a couple of days, you’ll notice growth coming in. Now, you need to let the seeds grow a few inches before you plant them in your garden.
If you live in a cold place then you can grow your tomatoes indoors. However, if you grow indoors just keep in mind to plant them in a place where they will have plenty of sunlight. Water your tomato seedlings 3-4 times each week.
Minimum Square required
For planting the seeds you’ll need 1 Sq. foot of area in a potting soil.

Time to harvesting crops
You can have freshly grown red balls on your hand after 65-70 days of transplanting them in the garden.

14. Peppers

How to regrow

Do you love spicy food as I do? Then you must try once to grow peppers by yourself. Just collect jalapenos, habaneros or any other pepper you have at your home and take the leftover seeds. Plant those seeds in a potting soil and keep it under direct sunlight. You can also plant them in your garden area if you have enough warm space there. Pepper grow faster than most others and doesn’t require that much care. When you get new ones grown, keep the seeds to regrow again.Regrow pepper
Minimum Square required
You need only 1.5 Sq. inches area for planting the seeds.
Growing time to have roots
It takes 2-3 weeks to grow roots from the seeds.
Time to harvesting crops
Full-size green peppers will be ready for meeting your spice thirst within 55-70 days! That’s the reason I really love growing peppers.

15. Fennel

How to regrow

I haven’t grown fennel yet, but I have seen my neighbor friend growing fennels and I find it really interesting. You need to keep the roots of your fennels intact. Place the base in a container filled with a cup of water and keep the container in a sunny place. Your windowsill is the perfect place to grow them.
When you will see the roots getting stronger and new green shoots coming up from the center of the base of your fennel, you can transplant them into the soil.Regrow fennels

Minimum Square required
You need a container which is about 1 sq. foot to regrow fennels.
Time to harvesting crops
You can harvest fennels after 80-115 days of planting into the soil.

16.Carrot

You can use carrot tops to grow new carrots. There are various methods like the water method, pie plate method, pot method etc. to regrow carrots from kitchen scraps. I have a detailed article on this. Do check out the link attached below for that.

17. Basil

How to regrow

I love sipping basil tea a lot. Also, I catch a cold and a bad throat very easily. So, basil is my ultimate savior. That’s why I love growing basil as well! You just need a 4 inches high stem to regrow basils. Place the stem in a glass full of water. Remember to keep the basil leaves above the water line. Keep this glass away from direct sunlight but in a bright area.regrow basil tea
Growing time to have roots
You will notice roots emerging in a week. When the roots are 3-4 inches long you can transplant them in the soil.

Minimum Square required
You will need a 1.25 square inches of area in the soil for plantation.
Time to harvesting crops
More or less after 75 days of the plantation in the soil, you can have your own grown basils.

18. Cilantro

How to regrow

You can grow cilantro from scraps. Just place the base of a cilantro stem in a glass of water and keep it in a bright area. Try to place the glass near a windowsill as it will get the perfect sunlight from there.
When you will find that the roots have grown a couple of inches long you can transplant your cilantro in a pot. Within just a few weeks you’ll see the sprigs.
Minimum Square required
You will need a 1 sq. meter pot to transplant your cilantro.
Growing time to have roots
Most of the time it takes only 2-3 weeks to grow the roots in water.
Time to harvesting crops
After 3-4 weeks of the plantation, you can harvest your cilantro leaves to spread on top of snacks.

19. Turnips

How to regrow

Regrow TurnipsTurnips grow really well from leftover scraps. You need to salvage the top of turnips and place that in a container full of water. Within a few weeks after beginning you will notice green tops started growing. You need to allow the roots t0 continue to grow. After the roots grow a couple of inches they will be fully ready to be transplanted in the soil.
The same method applies to many other root vegetables like beets & parsnips.
Minimum Square required
For transplanting the turnips in the soil, you will require 100 sq. cm of an area to allow them to regrow.
Growing time to have roots
In the water, it will take 4-5 days to grow the roots from the scraps.
Time to harvesting crops
After your turnips start to grow really well, you can have them anytime for eating. But to fully mature and ready for harvesting your turnips will need 6-8 months of planting.

20. Lemons

How to regrow

Lemon-tree is a common thing our moms used to plant. I really love lemons. Why? Cause life always gives me lemons! Just kidding. Lemon trees grow from the lemon seeds. So, next time think twice before you throw away those seeds.
Clean and dry some lemon seed & spread them. Then put some soil over them. You can plant the seeds in a potting soil or in the ground as per your wish. If you live in a cold winter area, then you must try growing lemon indoors. Use a soil that is rich in nutrients for planting your lemon trees.
You won’t get lemons the same year you’ve planted the trees. You need minimum a year to get those lemons in your life!Regrow Lemon from seed

Minimum Square required
For planting the lemons in the soil, you will need 24 Sq. inches area.
Growing time to have roots
Within 3-4 Weeks you’ll notice roots growing from those seeds.
Time to harvesting crops
Nowadays you can have some trees which will grow lemons within a year. But the maximum time it will take 2-3 years to get fruits from the trees.

21. Others

There are some other fruits like apple, chestnut, avocado, peach, hazelnuts etc. that you can grow straight from your kitchen scraps. But these usually take a really long time to grow. Some of them take 6-7 years (apples) for harvesting and some of them even take 12-12 years (hazelnuts) to fully mature. If you wish, you can also grow them. I personally prefer vegetables and fruits that regrow quickly.

Gardening is my passion and growing veggies from my kitchen scraps makes this passion even more enjoyable. I really love to grow vegetables from kitchen scraps. Every time I get some trash I think about how I can utilize these to regrow a new thing. I hope this article will help you to choose the vegetables you want to regrow from your kitchen scraps and guide you to grow them.

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