Help Reduce Food Waste By Growing Vegetables from Scraps

Many people include vegetables in their everyday meals either as the main course or on the side. While they may go to the grocery store often to stock up on their veggies, they don’t realize they can be growing their own at home without the need for a large outdoor vegetable garden. We have the solution.

Jars filled with water and different greens
Help Reduce Food Waste By Growing Vegetables from Scraps

Grow Vegetables from Scraps

Many vegetables can be grown in small pots placed on window sills or in other containers and tubs that you might have lying around. This is also a great way to help reduce food waste since you can reuse the scraps you would normally throw away. In most cases, all you’ll need is some vegetable scraps, water, and sunlight.

Here’s what you can grow:

Lettuce in 2 to 3 Weeks

Place a lettuce stem in water so that it covers no more than two-thirds of the stem and place it somewhere with plenty of sunlight. You’ll have to fill up and change the water as needed or if it gets cloudy. You can transfer to a small pot with soil for better growth, but you can also leave it in the empty jar with water.

Spring Onions in 1 to 2 Weeks

Growing spring onions in a small glass tray
Help Reduce Food Waste By Growing Vegetables from Scraps

Cut the end off of a spring onion about an inch from the root and place it in a shallow jar of water. Make sure the top isn’t submerged. Change the water every few days.

Basil and Other Herbs in 2 to 3 Weeks

Leave about two to three inches above the stem of the herb and place them upright into a glass of water. After about a week, the new root will sprout, and you can put them in a small pot with soil on your windowsill. Be sure not to overwater it. Once you have a full plant, never pick more than one-third of it.