Re-Growing Kitchen Scraps: My Frugal Garden!

ImageI can’t believe I waited so long to try this! Growing vegetables from kitchen scraps is so easy, and the kids are really excited about how their little plants are coming along! I don’t think that we’ll ever be able to cut these items from our budget entirely (the claims for “Never buy celery again” means that we’d be eating it every once every few months, tops!) but I do think that we’ll be able to save a little money by re-growing kitchen scraps, and the seeds that are being planted in the kids’ minds (excuse the pun) are invaluable.

There are more than a dozen types of food that you can grow from scraps:

  • Bok Choi
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Gingers
  • Leeks
  • Lemongrass
  • Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Scallions
  • Spring Onion
Christa Clips: Save-at-Home-Mom is trying her thumb at frugal gardening by growing kitchen scraps

Christa Clips: Save-at-Home-Mom is trying her thumb at frugal gardening by growing kitchen scraps

We started with celery and after 25 days of growing it in water, we’re ready to plant it in some soil. An indoor pot will have to suffice for now; we still have several feet of snow! I picked up this planter at Value Village last week for $1.99 and will be on the lookout for more on my next trip!

Value Village find: $1.99

Value Village find: $1.99

Sadly, due to the aforementioned snow in the backyard, I can’t access the bottom of my compost bin and will have to buy some soil. Paying for dirt, wrapped in plastic, delivered by a truck, stored in a warehouse, brought in by a train or ship seems like such a crime against mother nature, (not to mention contrary to every frugal fibre in my being!), but I don’t want to lose our plants and the compost bin is weeks away from being thawed out! Gah!

Our leek seems to be growing even faster than our celery, and although iceberg lettuce isn’t on anyone else’s list of foods that you can grow from kitchen scraps, I’m giving it a try! Just 1 week in, there seems to be some little buds emerging on lettuce heart. Stay tuned for an update on Operation Iceberg!

Tips for starting kitchen scraps:

  • use organic produce (non-organic will grow, but why!  Celery is #2 on David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen list!)
  • make sure you have a sunny ledge away from any other source of heat so that the water doesn’t dry up too quickly
  • put in the smallest amount of water possible to keep from drying out but not rotting the rest of the plant
  • change the water daily

What you need to get started:

  • a knife and a cutting board
  • a cup or bowl that is approximately the same size as your scrap
  • water
No special tools or talents are required to grow your own leeks from kitchen scraps with water. What an easy way to save a little more money on groceries!

No special tools or talents are required to grow your own leeks from kitchen scraps with water. What an easy way to save a little more money on groceries!

See? told you it was easy! And by re-growing kitchen scraps, we can save a bit of money and cut down on household waste. The 4 plants pictured above cost about $10 in total – I’m curious to see how many “rounds” of re-grown plants we get out of that initial investment!

Are you re-growing any kitchen scraps? Please share your tips & tricks in the comments below!

And what do you reckon will be the outcome of Operation Iceburg?!

 

 

About christaclips

Christa is a Save-at-Home-Mom who writes about money saving tips with hopes of inspiring other families who might want to keep one parent at home but aren't sure they can swing it financially. Christa left her career as a teacher trainer when it started costing her $47,000/yr to work outside the home and now works from home as a social media consultant and freelance writer. She shares her full story and money saving tips here on her blog and as co-host of the weekly #cdnmoney twitter chat on Tuesdays from 7-8pm ET. Wife, and mother of 2, Christa lives in Rockland, Ontario and loves skating & nordic skiing on the Ottawa River.

Posted on April 8, 2014, in Budget Hacks, Christa Clips and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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