Many of us now think of fruit and vegetables as something that comes from some somewhere else- be it a local farm or the other side of the world, but always from somebody else’s hard work. What we don’t always realise is that while we may not want to go out and buy our own seeds or cuttings to grow fruit and vegetables at home, we have the opportunity to grow them simply by eating these foods. Many fruits and vegetables, or the plants they come from, can be regrown using the remains of the foods we eat every day. And often, you need nothing more than some soil and water to do it.
Above: soaking avocado stones to encourage root growth. Image sourced: KVDP
Avocados are well known for their huge, inedible stones found in the heart of their fleshy pulp. Allow the seed to sprout in water, then plant in soil once the fresh stem and leaves have reached around 6 inches high. It will take a number of years before the tree is mature enough to bear fruit, but is a fascinating and rewarding way to see where your foods come from and let you have a shot at self sustainability. Use this technique to try growing your own avocado tree.
Above: a growing pineapple, waiting to be picked. Image sourced: Poco a poco
The spikey part of a pineapple is essentially another pineapple plant waiting to grow. When you cut it off to eat the fruit, don’t just throw it away. Follow this guide and you can grow a new pineapple plant, even in a temperate climate.
Beetroot is a hardy plant, and those stalks and leaves found at the top of the edible root respond well to being removed and replanted, making them a good way of growing new plants from ones you’ve just eaten. Use them to fill in gaps of soil in your vegetable patch- plant around 5 cm deep, water and pat down the soil around them to keep them steady.
Above: a carrot plant makes a pretty addition to a windowsill or garden, even if it won’t produce more vegetables. Image sourced: Fir0002
You can use the tops of carrots to create new carrot plants, although you won’t be able to achieve any new vegetables. Nevertheless, the carrot plant is a pretty addition to any garden or windowsill which is often overlooked, and is easy for kids to get involved with. Take a look at this guide for more information.
A great way to reuse a pumpkin carved at Halloween is to keep the seeds and flesh inside intact. Fill the inside with soil, compost and a little water. Soon the seeds inside will begin to sprout. At this point, plant the whole pumpkin in the ground and allow it to decompose. The decomposing flesh of the pumpkin will add nutrients to the soil, aiding the growth of the new seedlings. Soon, a plant will emerge above the soil while the pumpkin grows beneath. Water regularly around the roots and harvest when the pumpkin is hard, bright orange and its vines are starting to wither.
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