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Six Ways to Turn Your Kitchen Scraps Into Houseplants


See also: Three Egg-cellent Kitchen Science Experiments See also: DIY Bread and Butter Jalapeno Pickles I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't actually tried any of these projects, yet. I too fall guilty to collecting things on Pinterest for "future reference." But I'm hoping to get my act together soon! Perhaps you'll join me?

According to The Burlap Bag, (and many other sites) you can regrow celery by planting the base. Simply bury the base in a 3-4 inch hole and wait. The above picture shows what it might look like two weeks after planting.

It's just as easy to grow garlic, too. According to Soap Deli News, one clove can yield an additional twenty cloves. Just plant a single clove pointy side up, water and wait. The garlic will sprout leaves and you'll know it's ready to be harvested when the leaves turn brown. Allow the bulb to dry for about a week and that's it!

This image is pretty self explanatory - regrow scallions in water. When I visited Homemade Serenity, the site where the pin was taken from, it was part of a post called "Wordless Wednesday". So, there were no instructions for this, but after a little searching I discovered that someone from The Kitchn tried it and it works! Simply place scallion scraps in water and watch them grow.

Place the cut end of an onion in a pot, water well and you should never again find yourself without onions! This is so much better than making last minute runs to the grocery store. Visit Tipnut to learn more about this and other "Nifty Food & Plants to Grow Indoors."

DIY Network offers a great tutorial on how to plant and grow sweet potatoes. Apparently, just one potato could produce up to 50 sprouts! Be sure to read the directions thoroughly, as they're quite specific.

And finally we have this pretty presentation of how to regrow basil. While I haven't tried this particular technique (though I plan to soon, because I often waste it when I buy it), I can tell you that I've had really good luck basil growing basil here in Phoenix, especially in pots.

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