A couple of weeks ago, I began a rather ‘unorthodox’ winter garden experiment; growing indoor plants from kitchen scraps. The best part of this experiment is that I did not have to go out to buy any plants to brighten my windowsill, since I was using kitchen scraps that would have normally been thrown out or tossed into the compost pile.
I started out by planting lentils, a radish, garlic cloves, green beans and a sweet potato. I blogged about how to prepare and plant the kitchen scraps when I started this experiment 2 weeks ago (you can read about it here).
Well, I must admit that I am really surprised at how great my kitchen scraps are growing, with the exception of one plant that didn’t sprout.
This is what they look like just 2 weeks after planting…
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Below, are photos of each type of kitchen scrap I planted and how they have progressed from planting to how they have grown 14 days later.
I love how delicate and airy the lentils look, don’t you?
Now, for my radish top…
To be honest, I wasn’t sure my radish top would grow because it was rather small after 1 week. But, look at the difference 7 days more makes! I am hoping my radish flowers, because it is supposed to be pretty.
Garlic is next up…
I am happy to say that garlic grows as easily inside as outside. I plant to use my garlic greens as a garnish, similar to how I use green onions (scallions).
It is now time to see how my sweet potato is doing…
My sweet potato has been growing very slowly. The reason for this is that I used a regular sweet potato from the grocery store where most of them are treated so that they won’t sprout. When I researched growing sweet potatoes, some people stated that you need to use an organic sweet potato that hasn’t been treated. BUT, most of what I read said to use a regular, grocery store variety sweet potato, which is what I did. As you can see, the roots are beginning to grow and I am excited to see green vines appear on the top of my sweet potato.
I wish that I could say that all my kitchen scrap plants grew, but there is one that hasn’t…
My green beans never came up.
According to the book “Don’t Throw It, Grow It” 68 Windowsill Plants From Kitchen Scraps” by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam: you can grow green bean plants from the seeds. They also state that you can grow beans using regular dried beans as long as you soak them overnight before planting.
I’m sorry that my beans didn’t make it, but one of the things I enjoy about gardening is not always knowing what will happen when trying something new.
Overall, I am thrilled with the results of my ‘unorthodox gardening experiment.”
Who knew that these kitchen scraps could be used to grow attractive indoor plants?