5 Kitchen Scraps which can be Used to Create a Bountiful Kitchen Garden news

5 Kitchen Scraps which can be Used to Create a Bountiful Kitchen Garden

Having you own kitchen garden ensures you get to enjoy fresh vegetables which have no pesticide or fertiliser residues. In addition you get to indulge in a spot of gardening which rewards you with an amazing bountiful yield. If you have never had a kitchen garden before the best way would be to start small with easy to grow vegetables. Here we will look at 5 such vegetables that are not only easy to grow but also only require inexpensive kitchen scraps to get started. 

  1. Potato

The most important part of the potato during the planting process is the potato eyes (from which the new plant sprouts). The potato peel which is usually thrown away is all that is required to grow a new potato plant. Cut out a 2-3 inch peel strip containing about an inch of potato flesh, you need to ensure is that there is at least two eyes present on this peel strip. Air-dry it for a couple of days and then plant it 4-5 inches deep in soil with the eye pointing up. Potato plants require very little water so water sparingly till they are ready to harvest.

  1. Pumpkin

The next time you cook a pumpkin, set aside the larger seeds removed during the cleaning process, wash them well and then leave them spread out in a cool dry place to air-dry for a week or two. After they dry, sow 2-3 seeds together (a set) one inch deep in soil. The next set should be sowed about 4-8 feet away to give the plants adequate space to grow. Pumpkin plants need a lot of water so it should be watered regularly. 

  1. Tomato 

Just like the pumpkin, a tomato plant also only requires the seeds to re-grow.  When slicing a tomato, remove the seeds, wash well and set aside to air-dry. Once dry, sow 2-3 seeds around 1 inch deep in soil (in an area where it will get an adequate amount of direct sunlight to grow well), take care not to over or under water.

  1. Onion

The sliced root end (bottom part with about an inch of onion flesh attached) of an onion which is usually thrown away is all that is required to grow a fresh onion plant.  After air-drying for a couple of days in a cool dry area plant this sliced portion (root side down) in moist soil and water regularly to ensure the soil remains moist. When the onion plant starts flowering, it is an indication that the onion is ready to be harvested. 

  1. Garlic 

Separate the garlic cloves from the pod and plant each clove about 2 inches deep in soil with the pointed end facing upwards and the blunt end down. There should be a gap of around 4-5 inches between each individual clove, water adequately.  When a few leaves of the garlic plant  turn brown, it is an indication that the garlic is ready to be harvested.  

Once you get the hang of planting and caring for these vegetables you can add other types of vegetables (try to get a mix of vegetables that can be harvested in different seasons) to your kitchen garden. In this way you will get to experience the joy of plucking fresh vegetables right off the plant and cooking them all year around.


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