Not everyone can afford the organic food. We have heard that you may pay 20-100% more for an organic banana as a result of the limited organic food supply and because of the additional labor and maintenance required.
Fortunately, here are six vegetables and herbs you can grow indoors using parts of the produce you would throw away anyways, and this can save you a pretty penny the next time you go grocery shopping.
1. Carrot Greens
The ends of carrots you usually chop off and throw away will grow carrot greens if you put them in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit windowsill and you’ll have carrot tops to use as a garnish or in salads.
To grow this healthy snack at home, cut off the base of the celery and leave it in a bowl with a little bit of warm water. Keep the bowl in direct sunlight, and in a week, your celery base will start to grow leaves. Transplant the celery in soil and watch it grow!
Are those tentacles?! Nope, those long green things growing out your garlic are green shoots. You can put them in a little water, under a lot of sunlight and grow a bunch of garlic sprouts. They are milder in taste than garlic cloves, and are great in salads, pastas and as a garnish.
Put the romaine lettuce base in a bowl with ½ inch of warm water. Leave the bowl on direct sunlight and after one week or two you will see that your lettuce stem is producing fresh and new lettuce leaves. Transplant the lettuce in soil so it will continue to grow. After three or four weeks they should be grown completely.
Did you know that you can regrow the scallion in five days or less? Leave at least an inch attached to the roots of your left over scallion and put them in a glass of water. If it starts to evaporate, pour a little water. Your scallions will grow!
Growing onions is quite different from the other foods because it requires direct soil growth. Take the bottom end of the onion and plant it in soil directly. You can pour some water if is needed. It is better if you leave more of a bottom on the onion. After three weeks the onion will develop roots and in the fourth week in will sprout leaves.
Got some basil clippings lying around? If they have at least four inch stems, gather them up and put them in a glass of water under direct sunlight. When the stems grow two inches long, you can put them in some soil in a pot and grow your very own basil plant. No more basil shopping for you!