Food waste is a big problem, especially when it comes to produce. But did you know most of the vegetables you buy can easily be replanted from their scraps? Here are five you can buy at the store and then plant in the garden to enjoy all over again.

By Matthew A. Moore
April 24, 2017

It's a problem we've all had: You go to your fridge to fix something to eat, only to discover that your produce drawer runneth over with produce gone bad. Brown lettuce, sprouting potatoes, garlic that's all green on the inside, the works. If only there were a way to repurpose those veggies without having to toss them straight into the trash...

Hey, wait a minute! They're plants, so there definitely is. They grow in the ground, after all, so why not take those inedible scraps and bulk up your homegrown outdoor pantry? To that end, I consulted my resident horticulture expert with 30+ years of experience doing what most of us struggle with—keeping plants alive. His name is Dad, but you can call him Neil. Anyway, here are five plants that are ridiculously easy to replant and enjoy over and over again.

  1. GARLIC
    Have a head of garlic whose cloves are starting to sprout? Instead of throwing those in the trash, put them in the ground! This aromatic kitchen staple is super simple to grow. Just plant the sprouted cloves in some good soil in your yard with the sprouts facing up, and make sure they're getting plenty of sunlight and water. They require minimal upkeep, and soon you'll have a bounty of garlic to use in the kitchen. If you'd like, you could also turn this into a learning experience for the kids—just put the sprouting glove in a glass with a little water near some sunlight, and wait for the shoots to get taller.
     
  2. LETTUCE
    The leaves are what you're after, but don't throw away the base! Instead, place it in a small amount of water (no more than a half inch), and keep the water at that level until new leaves start to grow. Then take your little baby plant and put it in some soil. Boom! Like a phoenix from the ashes, you've got a whole new head of lettuce.
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That's just five of the many, many plant scraps you can reuse to minimize your grocery budget, get the most out of the food you've already bought, and grow your own garden. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and plant the earth! Your forgotten veggies—and your wallet—will thank you.

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