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Foods that you can regrow from scraps

 
Berny
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Foods that you can regrow from scraps
Apples
Tomatoes
Potatoes/sweet potatoes
Onions/ Green Onions
Garlic
Pumpkin
Ginger
Bok choy
Carrots
Celery
Leeks
Pineapple

More at: [link to pandawhale.com]

Also, a link to a book on Amazon, Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps . You can preview that first few pages as well. [link to www.amazon.com]
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11/04/2012 10:16 AM
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
Excellent thread.

Germinating tomatoe seeds indoors.

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Berny  (OP)

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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
How to regrow herbs from a supermarket.

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11/04/2012 10:29 AM
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
GMOs don't reproduce.
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11/04/2012 10:47 AM
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
GMOs don't reproduce.
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Good point, but if nothing else would be good for those that shop at farmer's market or the organics section though there's a chance that those seeds may not grow "true to form" because of cross-pollination between varieties. I know that was why we didn't keep seeds from our garden this year because the squash most likely all cross-pollinated, same with tomatoes, etc. but hey...it's worth a shot!
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
Here's a couple more ideas. If you save your garden seeds for next year, and have way too many, sprout them in the house during the winter, and eat the sprouts after they are 1-3" tall, depending on your own preference. You get all the original vitamins and minerals and more from the sprouts. So if it's winter and you can't get to the store for fresh vegetables, or just plain can't afford them, you can still get your nutrition. Good candidates include brocolli, brussel sprouts, Kale, onion, cabbage, alfalfa, red clover, beans, celery, carrot, actually anything.

Carrots, celery, brussel sprouts and red cabbage are a few that won't flower and produce seeds until the second year, so leave some of those in the ground at the end of the growing season. If you are in zone 6 or higher, they will flower and seed the following year.

Organic beans bought in bulk will also sprout and can be grown in your garden. And they are way cheaper than buying packaged seeds. I soak Fava beans overnight, then lay on a paper towel on a tray. Place another paper towel over them and keep them moist. Within a week to 10 days they will have sprouted and you can eat them.

This year I sprouted organic Fava beans and black eyed peas from New Seasons and Whole Foods, and planted them in early October. If I get a crop, great, but if I don't, they will have added Nitrogen to the soil, saving fertilizer expense.

Another thing I just learned...last year I swept up leaves, put them in large garbage bags, and never threw them out. At the end of summer I opened the bags, and they were a wonderful compost! So I am composting even more this year, adding vegetable leaves to the bags. This method takes the whole year, but sure is easy.

Good topic and good site, OP. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
This is a good thread for preppers, or those who are trying to save money, interested in sustainabiity, and want fresh vegetable products during the winter.

Every prepper should include seeds, not just for a garden, but to sprout. It will give you the vitamins, chlorophyl, and minerals that canned foods and MREs will not!

Just eat the sprouts by the handful. They only take a few minutes of your time each day to grow. If you get holed up because of martial law, or there's no groceries to buy, you'll still have one of the most nutritious parts of your diet.

The kitchen scrap idea does work, just be sure you always buy organic. I haven't tried the celery or carrots yet (grow those from saved seeds), but garlic and onion for sure. Not sure if ginger would grow here but it's and interesting idea. Just had to buy some horseradish to make a flu tonic, too bad I didn't save part of the root to try this. But I will in future.

Here there are several garden clubs that grow vegetables from saved seeds for sale, so I frequent those to ensure getting organic plants. Sorry to those whose crops got contaminated with GMO :( I've been lucky on that score...so far!
Berny  (OP)

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11/04/2012 12:21 PM
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
Here's a couple more ideas. If you save your garden seeds for next year, and have way too many, sprout them in the house during the winter, and eat the sprouts after they are 1-3" tall, depending on your own preference. You get all the original vitamins and minerals and more from the sprouts. So if it's winter and you can't get to the store for fresh vegetables, or just plain can't afford them, you can still get your nutrition. Good candidates include brocolli, brussel sprouts, Kale, onion, cabbage, alfalfa, red clover, beans, celery, carrot, actually anything.

Carrots, celery, brussel sprouts and red cabbage are a few that won't flower and produce seeds until the second year, so leave some of those in the ground at the end of the growing season. If you are in zone 6 or higher, they will flower and seed the following year.

Organic beans bought in bulk will also sprout and can be grown in your garden. And they are way cheaper than buying packaged seeds. I soak Fava beans overnight, then lay on a paper towel on a tray. Place another paper towel over them and keep them moist. Within a week to 10 days they will have sprouted and you can eat them.



Good topic and good site, OP. Thanks for posting!
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Thanks for sharing, I have never heard of doing this before.
Berny  (OP)

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11/04/2012 12:23 PM
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Re: Foods that you can regrow from scraps
This is something else I came across, easy DIY self water seed starter pots for anyone who is interested.

[link to skruben.blogspot.com.au]





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