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How to Regrow Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps

Did you know that many vegetables can be regrown from your leftover kitchen scraps? This is great for those times when we can’t get to the garden centre immediately but want to get started with our vegetable growing before the season is over. Not to mention, it’s also very budget friendly as you can use what you’ve already purchased to eat! As experienced landscape gardening experts, here’s what you need to know to grow various vegetables from kitchen scraps. 

Potatoes

Most people will realise that you can regrow potatoes from potatoes themselves. You don’t even need a whole potato to do so, so there’s very little waste. All you need are peelings which have eyes on them. Allow these peelings to dry out overnight, and then plant about four inches deep into your soil, with the eyes facing up. Within a few weeks you should start to see the potato plants sprouting. 

Tomatoes and Peppers

Again, tomatoes and peppers are very easy choices for growing from vegetable scraps. Keep the seeds from your tomatoes and peppers, rinse them and allow them to dry overnight. Then you can plant them in good quality potting soil, and in colder weather we’d advise growing them indoors on a sunny windowsill until the seedlings are a couple of inches tall. 

Leafy Veggies

Some of the easiest vegetables to grow from scraps are those which grow in heads, such as celery, romaine and bok choy. Cut off the plant’s base (the part which you wouldn’t normally eat anyway) and place it cut side up in a shallow saucer containing about 2cms of water, which should restart the growth. 

Although you can grow leafy greens indoors, if you want to add them to your vegetable patch and landscape gardening, you can transplant them outdoors as soon as they show roots and new green growth. 

Pumpkins

Next time you use a pumpkin – including for carving at Halloween – save the seeds. Wash them and dry them out overnight, and then they can be planted in a sunny position to grow a new plant and, hopefully, new pumpkins. 

Pumpkin and squash plants tend to take up a lot of room, as they like to spread themselves out and obviously the fruits themselves can be quite large. Bear this in mind in terms of your landscape gardening and gardening design when planting them outside and make sure to give them enough room to grow. They do, however, produces beautiful blooms before the fruits appear so you can enjoy the plants as much as the produce!

Need space to grow fruit and vegetables in your garden? Our experts in landscape gardening services are here to help.

Whether you’re looking to incorporate fruit and vegetables into your overall landscape gardening design – such as ornamental cabbages and lettuces, for example - or want to create a dedicated vegetable patch or garden, professionals in landscape gardening services can help. Here at D&G Garden World, we can help to zone your garden into different areas to give you the space you need to grow all of your fruit and vegetables, and can advise on how to incorporate the more decorative vegetables into your overall planting scheme, too. Get in touch for help in getting started growing your own.