Buy organic, have some fun, and save money!
Do you sometimes skip by the organic produce because of the cost? Here is a great way to get extra value plus a way to make sure you are eating healthy and locally while making your dollar stretch. We all want to know our food is free of pesticides that are often sprayed on commercial crops. Here is how you can ensure what you are eating is cared for the way you want it to be. This is an authentic ‘personal urban farm to table’ process: growing vegetables continually using your food scraps!
It is thrilling to see what can grow and in a short period of time. You can have an instant indoor garden and as it grows you will be able to relocate it to your patio. This is a great project idea for your kids and their classrooms, as well as a way to entertain and educate your guests. You will be the master grower in your community inspiring others to grow their own vegetables as well. Perhaps you have a rooftop terrace at your office. Does it have room for container growing for your lunch time snacks?
Find a local farmers market or grocery store that carries local and organic produce. Choose these healthy and easy to grow vegetables to enjoy over and over again.
This is a list of the many things you can grow from the compost you would otherwise normally throw away:
- Sweet potato
- Leeks, scallions, spring onions and fennel
- Celery, bok choi, romaine lettuce & cabbage
You can also re-grow herbs and spices such as:
- Whole seed spices like coriander or mustard seed
- Seeds from fruits and vegetables like potatoes, green peppers, or apples
- Snack food seeds like popcorn or nuts
- Fresh herbs and spices like garlic or ginger root
One your produce has reached its last legs, follow any of these step by step instructions on how to use these scraps in your kitchen window or patio:
- Parade – Save That Old Sweet Potato – Grow Houseplants From Kitchen Scraps
- Wake-up World – 16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow From Kitchen Scraps
- City Girl Farmer – Growing Food From Kitchen Scraps
- Veggietorials Youtube Video – How To Grow A Vegetable Garden From Kitchen Scraps
You can choose a simple process or use an eco-friendly designer pot. Recycled pails also make great planters. Otherwise here are a few recommendations to purchase online:
- Patch Herb Planter
- Culti-Cave Mini Greenhouses
- Chuckle Farm whimsical ceramic kitchen window planters
You may also elect to take the DIY approach to containers. For this we suggest David Walrod’s greenhouses made out of recycled plastic bottles. Click here for his video.
For more great DIY ideas check our article 7 Awesome DIY Planters.
Photo Credit: Grow Green Onion Scraps, Faith Durand from TheKitchn.com, 24 September 2013