Growing Indoor Plants From Kitchen Scraps: Part 2

I must admit that I have been enjoying my latest gardening project, which is growing indoor plants from kitchen scraps such as a radish, a single green bean pod and a few lentils.  To see how I planted them, check out “Part 1″.

Of course, I also planted more ‘kitchen scraps’ including a sweet potato, garlic cloves and carrot tops…

Sweet potatoes make beautiful vines and are easy to grow.  All you need is a sweet potato, toothpicks and a jar of water.  (You can also add activated charcoal, which will help keep the water cleaner, but this is optional).

All you need to do is to figure out which end is up on your sweet potato – the skinny, more pointed end belongs inside the water.  Stick 3-4 toothpicks one-third of the way down from the top and place in a jar or glass of water, allowing room underneath for the roots to grow.

The black bits are the activated charcoal (available where fish aquarium supplies are sold), which are optional.  If you don’t use it, then be sure to empty and change the water every 3 days.

Did you know that you can grow garlic cloves and then eat the  green shoots that soon grow?  The shoots have a mild garlic flavor and can be used like scallions or green onions on your food.

Take each clove of garlic and plant in a pot filled with planting mix.  Insert them 1-inch deep and cover with soil.  Keep the soil moist using a spray bottle filled with water.  Soon, green shoots will appear that I can’t wait to use for cooking.

Carrot tops is one of my favorite things to grow inside.  These photos of carrots are from when I grew them a couple of years ago.

Next time you use carrots in soup or make carrot sticks – keep the tops and plant them in a container filled with planting mix.

Because the bottom of the carrot is a root, it starts to absorb water, which causes the top to grow.  Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. The leaves of carrots are really quite attractive and will even flower after some time.  Carrot flowers resemble a Queen’s Anne Lace flower.

**All of these plants must be placed by a sunny window.**

The goal of this project isn’t to grow new vegetables, but rather to brighten up my windowsill garden during the dull, dreary months of winter by  growing ‘unorthodox’ houseplants.  Kids love growing plants from ‘kitchen scraps’ as well.

All of my ‘kitchen scrap’ containers are placed up next to my sunny, kitchen windowsill where they will receive plenty of light and where I can keep an eye on how they are growing.

I promise to keep you updated as to how they all are doing and which ones do better then others.

    • P. Daugherty says

      It helps a lot…also taking out the strawberry tops and some of the berries that aren’t quite as nice (blueberries) to the birds at the feeders makes the gloom go away and time passes so fast. The birds, too, are eager for some better weather and food to go along with their seed fare I put out…along this line is the peanut butter. Most all of them love that just smeared on bark of trees or pine cones. I thicken it fairly stiff sometimes with oatmeal (dry), cornmeal, etc. and add a few raisons if I have them. Unsalted popcorn is another favorite for my birds.

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