Grow your own veggies from leftover veggies – it’s that easy

By Drum Digital
05 June 2014

There’s never been a better time to teach your kids to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Everyone is struggling with rising food prices so a veggie garden is the perfect solution. Here are four types of vegetables you can grow yourself.

There’s never been a better time to teach your kids to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Everyone is struggling with rising food prices so a veggie garden is the perfect solution. Here are four types of vegetables you can grow yourself.

  1. Potatoes and sweet potatoes: Cut up old potatoes into smaller pieces, with about two or three eyes. Leave out to dry for up to two weeks. Dig a trench about 15-cm deep and bury the potatoes eyes up. Cover with a few centimetres of soil, and water weekly. You’ll have your own home-grown potatoes in about two to four months’ time.
  2. Onions: Onions have to be one of the most versatile vegetables around. We can’t imagine a stew or hot winter casserole without them. To grow your own, simply cut 2,5-4 cm of the root end of the bulb, with enough “meat” attached. Let it dry out for a few hours to allow for callousing. Plant it root down in soil, water every few days and watch as you grow your own delicious onions.
  3. Pineapples: Growing your own pineapples is a long process, and may take up to three years. Cut off the crown of the pineapple, making sure to remove all of the fruit flesh. Let it dry out for a day or two. Place the pineapple in the ground, allow for enough space for it to grow, cover with soil and let nature do the rest.
  4. Ginger: This rhizome is packed with antioxidants and is a powerful tool in combating nausea, inflammation and motion sickness. It’s also pricey and not always easy to find. Now you can grow your own supply of the wonder plant. Buy a plump piece of ginger, soak it in water overnight and place it in about 8 cm of really good soil. You can either cut the ginger up into smaller pieces, or plant it whole. Water often, and harvest after about eight months.

-Megan Bursey

Sources: mashable.com, tropicalpermaculture.com, herbgardens.about.com

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