Using Food Scraps

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2 years ago

Many of us stocked up on fresh vegetables, but in the days to come, it might be difficult to eat them all before they start to rot.

No worries. Use them to grow more.

Here are some favorites that also are easy to grow:


  • Put lettuce leaves in a bowl with a little water, and set the bowl in an area that gets good sunlight.

  • Mist the leaves a couple of times a week and once roots appear, transplant the rooted leaves in soil.


  • Cut onion about an inch above root base (that's the fuzzy end of the onion), put it in a pot of soil, root end down, and cover lightly with soil.

  • Place the pot in a sunny spot and wait for the onion to sprout and produce a bulb.

  • For green onions, cut the root ends off and put them in a glass with just enough water to cover them.

  • Change the water every few days.

  • In about a week, you'll see new green onions appear.

  • Snip off what you need and keep the others growing.


  • Cut the bottom of the stalk off and put it in a bowl with a little warm water.

  • Put the bowl in direct sunlight.

  • In a week or two, you'll see leaves start to grow along the base.

  • Transplant it into a pot of soil.

  • You can continue to grow it indoors, or set the pot outside in a sunny spot.


  • Ginger is one of the easiest plants to grow from scraps.

  • Plant a piece of ginger root in potting soil, making sure the buds are facing up.

  • New shoots and roots will appear soon, and you can use them for cooking.

  • The ginger will continue to grow for quite some time.

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  • Take one stem, at least 4 inches tall, and put it in a glass of water, keeping the leaves above the waterline.

  • Put the glass in bright light, but not direct sun.

  • Once the plant has developed a couple of inches of roots, you can pant it in soil.


You don't even need whole potatoes to grow your own. You can cut up potatoes that are sprouting, making sure each chunk has one eye (sprout). However, you can also grow potatoes from peeling.

  • Cut the peels into 2 inch pieces, making sure there are two or three eyes on each piece.

  • Let them sit overnight to dry out a bit and then plant them about 4 inches deep.

  • Make sure the eyes are facing upward, and in a few weeks, you should see leaves emerging from the soil.


  • Sweet potatoes can be planted the same way regular potatoes are or you can turn them into houseplants.

  • Suspend a sweet potato in shallow water using toothpicks.

  • Roots will appear and then foliage.

  • You can transplant the potato, or keep it in water and watch how quickly the greenery grows.

  • Add water as needed.


  • Collect seeds from peppers and plant them in potting soil.

  • Keep moist and direct sun until the seeds germinate.

  • When the weather is warmer, plant in your garden.

  • You can continue the crop year after year by saving some seeds from each harvest.


  • Take the top of a pineapple and, like with the sweet potato, use toothpicks to suspend it slightly in a container of water.

  • Keep the container in direct sunlighy, or put it in a sunny spot on the deck, remembering to bring it in at night and to change the water every other day.

  • Roots should form in about a week and at that time, you can transplant it into a pot of soil.

  • You can grow it indoors or out.

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2 years ago


Yang Lettuce ba kailangan ss malamig lang na lugar or pwd kahit saan. Yan na favorite ni mader ngayon re haha

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2 years ago

Di ko pa natry e.. lging ubos lettuce namin e

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2 years ago

I tried that in Pechay! But it died because it's too cold. I will try again since it's summer.

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