How to regrow fruit and vegetables from kitchen scraps

How to regrow fruit and vegetables from kitchen scraps

Cut down on food waste, and save money by regrowing veggies from the scraps you would otherwise have discarded. This is also a fun activity to try with your kids – they can eat the results!

The below technique works for leafy veg like lettuce as well as celery, leeks, garlic, ginger, turmeric, spring onions, radishes and onions. With tomatoes, there’s no need to place in water first. Cut off the top and place 2 cm under the soil. Once they sprout, divide the seedlings and keep the strong ones.


    1. Cut the bottom off the plant’s base – the part you wouldn’t normally eat.

      Step 1

    2. Insert toothpicks at right angles, to make a cross. (You can also do this with an avocado pit.)

      Step 2

    3. Place over a jar of water so that the bottom sits in the water, and the top out of the water.

      Step 3

    4. Let it root, changing water now and again.

      Step 4

    5. Once you have roots, and some leaves growing, plant in soil with plenty of compost. Remember to keep watering them.

      Step 5

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