30 Delicious Foods You Can Grow From Leftover Scraps

30 Delicious Foods You Can Grow From Leftover Scraps

30 Delicious Foods You Can Grow From Leftover Scraps

Ever wish you could just magically have fresh food in your fridge without having to go to the grocery store each week?  Consider food reuse!  It may sound gross but it saves a ton of money and limits waste.  If you have kids, it a great way to teach them about issues like saving money, environmentally friendly gardening and reducing waste.

Follow the few simple steps below and instead of tossing those leftovers, you can actually grow new food!  If food is starting to get past its prime for freshness and taste– don’t let it go to waste!  Let’s get started growing food (and money) out of your refrigerator!


*Herbs make an excellent potted or small space garden that can be kept in your kitchen (or other window!)

Basil– Save 4 inches of the stem and place in a glass of water next to a window with plenty of sunlight.  They will grow in a few days and can be replanted in soil.

Cilantro – Use the stems and place them in a glass of water near a sunny window.  The roots will start to grow in a few days.  The cilantro can then be moved to soil.

Fennel– The fennel bulb can be placed in a container of water and put in a sunny window.  It will start to regrow within a few days and can then be planted in soil.

Garlic– Take one clove of garlic and face the root down in soil.  Garlic can easily be multiplied by simply saving one clove from each plant and replanting to repeat the process.

Ginger– Save one ginger root and plant in soil.  New ginger will start to grow within a week.


Apples – Instead of tossing the core, save the seeds.  Dry these out for a couple days and plant in a sunny area.

Cherries– Cherry pits should be rinsed and dried well.  These can be packed in a container with soil in it in the refrigerator for 10-12 weeks and then planted outside for a future tree.

Lemons – Save the lemon seeds and dry for a couple of days.  Plant them in a sunny area.

Peaches – Save the pit and dry out for a couple days.  Plant the pit in a sunny area.

Pineapple – Cut off the top.  Using toothpicks, suspend over a container with water so that the base just touches the water.  Place the container in direct sunlight.  Roots will begin to regrow in a week or two and can be transplanted to a pot with soil.

*Fruit trees take a while to grow, so these re-use items are a bit of a time investment.

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