Save Money by putting Your Food Scraps to Good Use

Green Beans

So you have chopped up your vegetables for dinner; what do you do with the scraps?  Easy.  Recycle, Repurpose or ReUse them to Save Money

Basic RGBRecycle 

  • You could place them in your compost bin in the garden to break down and become suitable to add to your soil to grow more edibles
  • You could feed them into your earthworm farm so you can use their vermicompost or worm castings and vermileachate or worm wee to reduce your costs on buying expensive inorganic fertilisers
  • You could add them to a Bokashi Composting Bin – an ideal way to manage kitchen food waste in households or offices – and transform it into a nutrient rich soil conditioner.

Repurpose

  • Make a Vegetable Stock
  • Roast Pumpkin seeds
  • Make a Gravy
  • Make a Soup

ReUse

You can re-grow some vegetables from seeds, off-cuts or shoots you would normally toss out:

  1. Tomatoes:  This is the easiest vegetable to grow.  Squeeze a few seeds out on to some kitchen paper to dry out.  If you spread them out evenly, you can cut around each seed and plant it straight into your soil as the paper will decompose
  1. Pineapples:   This is the easiest fruit to grow.  Twist the top off your pineapple and plant it in either a pot or in the ground.  It will take around two years before your plant will bear fruit but it does make a lovely accent plant in your garden
  1. Potatoes:   that are shooting, specifically, the bit that is known as the eye of the potato, can be regrown. Just cut off around 25mm [about 1 inch] of Potato and place in the garden with the shoot/eye facing up. Plant where there isn’t too much clay and cover with soil otherwise they are slower to grow in size and can become too hard to dig up. The Potato is a plant that will grow about 450mm [18 inches] high.  It will flower and then go yellow and start to die down. This is when you harvest your bounty.

If you want to use the whole potato, check out this link with instructions on how to start your own seed potatoes by a fellow WordPress blogger:  https://lizard100blog.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/just-chitting/

  1. Kumera [aka Sweet Potato]:   Plant your Kumera like the potato.  This time it will grow as a vine along the ground.  Once the vine gets some length to it, cover part of the vine with soil at regular intervals and the vine will put down more roots which will grow into more Kumeras.  After a few months you will be able to harvest them.  You can dig them out at your preferred size.  No need to wait until they are huge as the bigger they are, the harder they are to slice and you do get a lot of Kumeras per plant
  1. Celery:   Cut off the bottom of your celery and lay it in a bowl with just a bit of warm water in the bottom.  Keep the bowl in direct sunlight as long as possible each day and after about a week, you will begin to see the leaves thickening and growing along the base. When this happens, you can transplant your celery in soil and wait for it to grow to full length.  If you pick one or two stalks at a time, your plant will continue to grow more stalks
  1. Carrots:   Twist the green top off  [leaves]  if applicable.  Cut the tops of the carrots off leaving around 5mm of orange. Place tops in a container of water  [replace water every few days to keep it fresh].  You should notice new green shoots growing out of the tops over the next few days.  You may also see some roots forming.  Either way, it’s ready to be transplanted in the ground.

I was informed by my mother that during WWII, people used to put their purchased carrots back into the ground to keep them crisp as they did not have refrigerators.

  1. Pumpkins:   Remove only a few seeds from your pumpkin and allow yourself lots of room to grow as they have sprawling vines which can grow up to 30 metres  [100 feet ]  along the ground
  1. Beans:   Allow a bean pod to dry out in a well ventilated location.  Ensure that you can feel at least one seed inside.  Remove the seeds from the pod before planting.  Be aware that there are bush beans and climbing beans. Bean Photo by Neha Deshmukh
  1. Peas:   Like the Beans, dry out one of your pods and remove seeds.  All peas grow as a vine so you will need lattice, poles or a fence for them to climb up.

 

What have you grown from perceived waste?

 

Glenda

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