Grow Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps!

Got enough compost for the summer? Don’t know what to do with all those leftover scraps from all your fresh produce? Bet you didn’t know you could take your produce waste like carrot and beet tops, sprouted garlic, and the “eyes” popping off your wilting sweet potatoes and replant them in your garden and grow new vegetables? You can regrow everything from celery to parsnips and leeks to garlic.

  • For carrot, beet, radish, turnip, and parsnip tops… cut off the tops and fill a container with some small stones, place the them on top of the stones and fill with water just above the stones. New green tops should start growing within a matter of days!
  • For leeks and spring onions…cut off the “nib” or end pieces where the roots are growing. Place them in a small bowl of water in a warm sunny window.
  • For garlic… if it has started to sprout you can plant them directly into damp soil in your garden.
  • For potatoes and sweet potatoes… cut off any “eyes” or “buds” and plant them in your garden and they will grow a separate potato plant for each “eye.”
  • For celery…cut the bottom off and place it in a dish of warm water overnight to give it a jump-start.

After a few days you should see new growth, then plant all these into your garden and watch your cuttings grow into vegetables. Once they’ve matured start the process all over again! Make sure to keep an eye on your water levels in your bowls, new cuttings suck up a lot of water in the beginning. You can also save your tomato and grapefruit  seeds and even your peach and avocado pits to start seedlings and trees. Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

Let me know how this method works out! Feel free to leave me a comment or send me feedback on your gardening progress!

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

7 thoughts on “Grow Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps!

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  2. Hi-
    I just started reading about this and am intrigued, however I do not have an outdoor garden. Is it possible to grow anything this way indoors? I’m not good at keeping plants alive so any tips would be greatly appreciated!



    • Hi Stefanie!
      Thanks for stopping by! Where do you live? You could totally do it inside if you have a sunny window or if you have a porch or balcony, even some room in the front yard that gets light you could do any of these in containers or pots. Just make sure to get some good organic soil, usually to get the good stuff you need to go to like a southern states or smaller gardening center and avoid the home depots and lowes. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions and let me know how it works for you! Good Luck and happy gardening!

  3. I did this with the ends of celery and romaine lettuce, and the lettuce is off to a roaring start while the celery is just starting to show.

  4. I did start celery in a jar several times . The last time new growth was abundant but when I planted it in a container with new soil it wilted and died .😰. Please help. Had good luck with Romane Lettuce.

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