Want to get more bang for your buck
when buying organic foods?
when buying organic foods?
Here are 4 great ways you can get much more food from the items
you already have or may be throwing out...
What I like to call "Cheapskate Gardening" is a fun and easy way to make
even more food from things you already have on hand.
1) Grow the roots!
Many organic veggies from the grocery store have roots that you would be throwing in the compost or in the trash...But did you know that with a little water, some potting soil and any container you have on hand, you can grow a lot more food from the roots.
Celery - Simply cut the bottom off leaving 1-inch of stalks, peel away a few outer layers and suspend in a glass of water, you can also transplant this into soil for even more growth. See Video Below
Green Onions - Cut the bottom root part off and plant the roots in potting soil in any container or plant them outside for loads more green onions. View my video here.
Potatoes - When those potatoes get eyes and are all shriveled up, forget tossing them in the compost, you don't even need a garden to grow potatoes, if you have an old burlap sack and any outdoor space, roll the sack down, toss in the potatoes and some soil, as the potatoes grow up, start unrolling the bag and adding more soil. You can grow up to 20 lbs of organic potatoes in one large burlap sac.
Garlic and shallots - got shriveled or sprouted garlic or shallots? Plant individual cloves in any soil and enjoy garlic or shallot greens (scapes) and you'll have yourself a new full bulb next year.
Ginger and turmeric- snap off a finger and plant it in a fairly large pot, not only will you have a fantastic houseplant you can dig up new root as it grows below.
2) Grow the greens!
Most herbs can grow roots by simply cutting a piece with the stem and placing them in a glass of water, after a few days when healthy white roots are showing plant them in some soil for your own herbs year-round. This works great with basil & mint.
3) Save the seeds!
Anything with seeds from squash, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers, even berries, kiwi, apples, citrus fruits, you name it - save all the seeds, wash them, lay them on a paper towel to dry and simply pop them in some potting soil. While the variety may be a mystery since the seeds will not produce the exact same plant as it came from because the seed is the offspring of two different plants, you still can get wonderful unique varieties for free! I've had success with lemons and grapefruit as houseplants, apples, cherry & pears which I started inside and have since transplanted outdoors, peppers, tomatoes, kiwi, goji and many more!
4) Go to your pantry!
Organic herb and spice seeds such as anise seed, celery seed, dill seeds, caraway, fenugreek, mustard seeds, coriander and fennel can be used to grow beautiful fresh herbs for a fraction of the cost of buying "garden seeds". Chia, sunflower, poppy seeds & flax seeds also make great plants, popcorn, dried beans, peas and lentils, sprouting seeds and even untreated birdseed can grow some wonderful garden plants which cost next to nothing!
With a bag of potting soil, a little water and some upcycled containers (yogurt & butter tubs, lettuce boxes, even toilet paper tubes can all be great cheapskate gardening choices) you can grow a multitude of healthy organic plants at home and make the most of your organic veggies!