5 Types of Vegetables You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps

Is there anything more rewarding than growing your own food? Not only does a garden at home create beautiful greenery, but it can provide nourishment and happiness.


However, starting a garden can be a daunting task, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by seed varieties, sprouting times, and the right growth conditions. But, there’s an easy way to start growing produce at home — and you don’t have to look any further than your very own kitchen.


Read on to find five types of vegetables you can regrow from kitchen scraps.


1. Potatoes

A hand holding a sprouted potato above a container garden with other potato sprouts poking out of the soil. The hand casts a shadow in the bright light.

The potato is not only versatile in the kitchen, but also in the garden. One of the best vegetables to grow at home, as long as you have some old (and we mean old) spuds on hand.


Cut out the “eyes”of the potato — those little indents, which are actually seeds. (It’ll be easier to plant if you see shoots starting to grow, but you can start with just the eyes, too!) Dry out those chunks of potato and plant them in the soil with the shoot side facing up. After a few weeks, you’ll see beautiful potato plants take form!


2. Green Onions

alt text: A small glass jar, flanked by two other glass jars, with green onions and a small amount of water in it. The green onions are partially regrown and have a small amount of green emerging from the white roots.

Using green onions as a garnish? Don’t throw out that little white end! Green onions are one of the easiest vegetables to regrow, because it actually replaces itself with just a little water and sunshine.


All you have to do is place the ends (with the root intact) in a container with a shallow amount of water, and in just a few days the green onion will regrow its green top and be ready for use again.


3. Celery

Two small glasses with a small amount of water and a celery sprouting in them on a terracotta, white, and blue mosaic tiled surface.

Celery is one of the easiest vegetables to sprout indoors, and all you need is a little scrap. Just save the bottom of your celery and place it on a plate — or another shallow container — with some water.


After a week, you’ll start to see sprouts! You can either then transplant them in soil and grow a whole new celery plant, or you can enjoy the tender celery leaves on their own as an alternative to parsley.


4. Carrots

Various glass vessels on a windowsill, each regrowing different veggies. The center glass dish holds carrot tops regrowing in some shallow water.

Carrots (and turnips, beets, onions, and nearly any other veggie that grows in the ground) can be reproduced by putting the tops in water in the sunlight. After a while, these tops will sprout.


You can either harvest the green tops — if it’s a plant with edible greens, like carrots or beets — or wait for roots to begin showing on the underside and replant the vegetable in soil!


5. Lettuce

A diagonal shot of a windowsill, on which are three jars of water holding sprouting lettuce cores.

Most leafy lettuces — such as butter lettuce or romaine, or even cabbage — are easy to regrow, cut, and regrow again. All you need to do is save the core!


Simply place the bottom scrap of your head of lettuce into some water, and over time, it’ll sprout new leaves. From there, simply harvest and use in your favorite salad recipe for an even more tender bite!


No matter what vegetables you decide on, starting a garden at home doesn’t have to be hard. If anything, you can find the essentials in your own kitchen! 


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