No need for expensive seeds; you can garden straight from your grocery store! Before you drop vegetable cast-offs into the compost pile, consider whether it can do you some more good. Starting a grocery store garden is both cheap (free!) and easy.
Celery from Celery Stalks
Here’s the deal. Last year I read about planting the bottom of the celery stalk to grow another one. I tried it, but a local drought thwarted the experiment.
So this year—my first experiment with starting garden plants indoors—I tried again with empty 6-inch pots and leftover potting soil (barely covered). And just like magic…the new celery sprout you see below!
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Napa Cabbage from Leftovers
So then I tried Napa cabbage, using the same technique, and was delighted to see the healthy plant pictured at the top left of this article.
Garlic from a Grocery Store Bulb
As long as you gently separate the cloves and plant them with the pointy end facing up, you can grow your own garlic (and I’m pretty sure it’ll grow back each year that you save a clove!). These should be an inch and a half or so deep, so outdoor planting made sense.
Green Onion from Leftover Stalks
My husband thought I’d gone off the deep end when I chastised him for throwing away the bottom of the green onion stalks. Will he never learn? These can be planted in potting soil or set in a small mug or dish filled about halfway with water for an aquaponics growing experience. Just trim off the green part of the onions when you need them for recipes.
But No Grocery Store Garden with Dill or Celery Seeds
For the record, I couldn’t get dill seeds or celery seeds from my spice rack to sprout. But that doesn’t mean I’m through shoving random things into dirt to see what happens.
Have you successfully grown something new from the old? Dried and used seeds from produce you purchased commercially? Please post a comment below so we can try it!
And in case you missed it, check out other stuff I don’t throw away (including the styrofoam egg crate the green onions are in).
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