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Plant the Kitchen

Part of Springtime Week

This time of year is a great time to start your garden up! Even if you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you can use what you have indoors and around your windows to make a garden you can eat from!

Using scraps from the kitchen, you can plant a lot of your own food! Peppers, pineapples, potatoes, carrots, citrus fruits, berries, and many other fruits and veggies can be regrown from scraps or seeds left behind from what we eat! Try some of the following plants yourself!

Root Vegetables

Root vegetables, like beets and potatoes, can be easily regrown from scraps in your kitchen. For beets, cut the top off the beet, lay the top cut side down in a container with soils or even cotton balls. Keep the soil or cotton moist but not soaking. The leaves will begin to regrow in just a few weeks! The root itself will not regrow, but you can use the leaves in a tasty salad!

Potatoes, on the other hand, are very straightforward! Take a few potatoes that have begun to sprout (have eyes on them), and cut them into pieces that have 1-2 eyes each. Plant them 6-8 inches deep in a large container with plenty of soil and keep moist. When the plants' leaves begin to turn yellow, your potatoes are ready to harvest (about two months)!

Leafy and Bulb Vegetables

Lettuce and celery can be regrown if you cut the plant's bottom part with the roots about 1 inch from the bottom. Now place them in a shallow dish with water. You can leave them in the dish or transplant them into the soil once they have roots!

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits can be regrown from seeds in the fruit. Keep them moist, plant them in shallow soil, and cover them with a plastic lid to create a greenhouse. Once they have sprouted, you can transplant them into a larger pot. The trees will take a few years to give fruit, but they smell wonderful!

You can also use an avocado pit to regrow an avocado tree! Clean the pit, and place 3-4 toothpicks in the sides to make a cross pattern. Use the toothpicks to hold the avocado on the rim of a shallow dish, and fill the dish with water only halfway up the pit. Once it sprouts, plant the tree in the soil, but keep the top half above ground.

There are many more plants you can grow from things in your garden! Check out these sites for more ideas.

Don’t have compost? That’s ok, you can make it yourself! Check out this video we did during the Global Science Show in October 2020 to learn how to make your own compost at home!

Growing Kitchen Scraps Video
How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables From Table Scraps (from Garden Tech)
How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables From Table Scraps (from Garden Tech)
DSC Composting Video
Grow Your Kitchen Activity Worksheet
Grow Your Kitchen (PDF)

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