It’s always nice to have a supply of fresh vegetables and herbs available around the house, and the best bit is don’t need your backyard garden set up to make a start with your veggie garden.
With just a jar of water and some kitchen scraps you can start growing your very own vegetable garden, and it adds a great splash of green to your kitchen counters as well!
So where do you start? Here are some of the most simple vege scraps to grow to get you started on your home garden journey:
Lettuce is one of those great staples that can be used in all kinds of meals. Instead of throwing the heart of the lettuce out when you’ve used all the leaves, keep it and the leaves will regrow. Here’s how:
- Place the bottom of the heart in a jar with about a centimeter of water
- Put it on a window sill that gets good sunlight
- Replace the water every few days
Very soon your lettuce will start to grow. When you have enough leaves sprouting out you can start adding some to your favourite salad.
Having some spring onions around the house is always handy. Lucky for us it’s also the easiest food scrap to grow. This is what you do:
- Take the leftover onion roots you’ve trimmed from the ends and place them in a glass of water full enough to cover them
- Position the roots so they are pointing down
- Change the water every couple of days to stop them from getting greasy
Within a week you’ll have a new set of spring onions, and so the cycle continues. Perfect to add to favourite asian recipes.
With Fennel’s strong taste it is rare that you will need more than a small amount. This makes it the perfect contender for your kitchen scrap garden. Buy it once and keep it going so you never have to buy it again. Here’s the steps:
- Take the bulb and place it in a cup
- Fill the cup with water so the bulb is covered
- Stick the cup in the sun replace the water every couple of days
Within a few days you’ll see it sprouting up and you’ll be able to trim off a bit whenever you need it.
Leeks are a great addition to soups and are always handy to have around to jazz up your meal. Best of all they are as easy to grow as spring onions. Here’s what you do:
- Take the base off your leeks and cover them in water
- Leave them in the window with some sun for a few days
You should see them sprout almost right away and you’ll be able to trim off pieces to use in your next meal.
Within a week or so you should be able to trim bits off to use in your favourite soups.