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CommonCentsMom Hollie Pollard and Save-at-Home-Mom Christa Clips have this whole frugal gardening thing down pat! Turns out all you need is water!

CommonCentsMom Hollie Pollard and Save-at-Home-Mom Christa Clips have this whole frugal gardening thing down pat! Turns out all you need is water!

Join co-hosts @CommonCentsMom and @ChristaClips for this week’s #CDNmoney twitter chat on Frugal Gardening!

Hollie has shared some great ideas about how to save money on your garden in her blog post 5 Tips to Starting a Frugal Garden and I’ve been busy all day watching my celery and leeks grow! You can see pictoral proof of my efforts in my blog post Re-growing Garden Scraps: My Frugal Garden!

Join us to share your tips & tricks for saving money on your garden, and learn about how just how much money your frugally minded tweeps save by exercising their green thumbs!

Hope to see you there!

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?!