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Indoor Vegetable Garden from Scraps

February 11th, 2013 by Trisha

Dont Make Soup, grow vegetables!

Grow an Indoor Vegetable Garden from Leftover Scraps.

I’ve been seeing a lot of people growing celery from the bottom 2″ of the stalk, and was inspired to try it. But what other vegetables can you root from parts of the original plant. Here’s a quick list of what I’ve found from around the net.

  1. Celery
  2. Onions – Green and Round
  3. Potatoes – Regular and Sweet
  4. Leeks, Scallions
  5. Carrot Tops
  6. Pineapple
  7. Romaine Lettuce
  8. Cabbage
  9. Avocado
  10. Sprouts – beans, sunflowers, lentils, pumpkin, alfalfa
  11. Ginger
  12. Garlic
  13. Bok Choy
  14. Beets
  15. Turnips
  16. Rutabaga
  17. Lemongrass

Blackthumb Gardener published a similar list of vegetables with photos and instructions.

One other fantastic experiment from Birds and Blooms

Ive personally tried pineapple, but it always seems to rot the minute I stick it in dirt. Heres a video of it actually working, plus quite a few other veggies rooting.

And last but not least… if youre REALLY into this, theres an entire book dedicated to the subject

Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps by Deborah Peterson

3 Responses to “Indoor Vegetable Garden from Scraps”

  1. Jon says:

    Trish, I almost ordered that same book for you when I ordered the winter harvest. I read the reviews though and people talked about how most of them plants, they have never heard of! So I chose not to get it. But, it did catch my eye!

  2. Trisha says:

    Thats crazy! I just saw it tonight… I did look inside the table of contents in that book. Looked like pretty normal stuff. I dont argue with reviews though.

    • Trisha says:

      I did eventually buy this book. Totally worth having. After numerous attempts at the avocado/toothpick/glass of water approach, i started avocado following the steps in this book. I had beautiful avocado plants in a few short months. If only I had a place to overwinter them. Id be eating the heck out of home grown avocados right now. I also tried the celery and garlic, with good results.

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