We’re all about getting the most out of fresh produce because we hate to see it go to waste! That’s why we’ve put together a guide to making your own plant jars using leftover food scraps. Regrowing food scraps is a lot easier than you’d think… not to mention, it’s a fun activity to do with the kids! To get you started on your green thumb adventures, here are a few easy ones:
Garlic can be grown from just one clove. Simply place the clove with roots facing down into a pot with soil. Garlic likes lots of direct sunlight so when the weather is warmer, keep it outdoors. Once new shoots have started to show, trim the shoots and your plant will produce a bulb. You can then take part of this new bulb and plant it again to continue to reap the rewards!
To grow your own lettuce, simple cut off the base of the lettuce. A piece about 1 inch tall will be perfect. Place it cut side up in a shallow bowl or glass, and add 1/2 inch of water. Replace the water regularly and in a few days, you should start to notice sprouts. Then, plant the sprouted hearts directly in the garden and watch them prosper.
Tomatoes can be grown simply by rinsing some of the seeds and allowing them to dry. Next, plant them in rich potting soil in an indoor planter. Once the sprouts are a few inches tall, you can pop them outside. Be sure to plant the tomatoes in a sunny area of the garden or backyard, and ensure they’re watered a few times a week.
We hope this is a fun activity for the whole family to get involved in. Happy planting and growing!