I have a few things growing here in and out of out vegetable garden to eat. They all are in fact, things growing that were actually throw away scraps. My friend Marci told me that you can plant the bulbs of scallions (green onions). You just cut the green parts off for cooking and plant the white bulbs. The green part can be cut over and over for cooking. I planted a bunch that I bought to make nachos with. This works. In fact the scallions growing in my garden right now are a year old. The newest item growing in the garden is celery. Celery can be grown from the kitchen scraps. Cut off the celery about 3 or 4 inches from the root and plant in a pot until it is established. Once it is established you can replant in the garden. I have tried just planting the celery root in the garden, but it turned to mush and died. The two that I have planted in pots are doing great. I just replanted them in the garden, so I will keep you posted. Last year the stores in our area were selling pineapple for $1.50 each. I ended up with 4 pineapple plants from them. You cut the top off of the pineapple. Make sure you cut a couple of inches from the top. Then plant the pineapple top into a pot until it is well established. Replant in the yard if you are in a tropical area or in a large pot for your home. These do well, but the fruit can be smaller or not at all. This link is awesome for explaining how to grow your own pineapple. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Grow-Pineapples/ The last plant I have growing in the yard is an Avocado tree. The explanation of how to grow this is here: http://avocadodiva.blogspot.ca/2011/07/post-number-2-how-to-grow-avocad…. There are other plants that can be started by the roots. Ginger root, leeks, and romaine lettuce are just a few. These are definitely next on my list of things to grow. I love ginger in my Asian cooking, leeks are just a mild onion and I love them. Romaine is an acquired taste and I am attempting to acquire it. These all make great science experiments for the kids and cheap ways to get plants as long as you are willing to wait for them to propagate. A garden helps save you money on the food budget. It helps the environment because it has green plants for oxygen. It gives you a clean conscience about what you are serving your family. It teaches kids where food comes from. It gets you close to nature and teaches you to not take your food for granted. Let’s face it. Farming done right is a wonderful life. There is just too many chemicals being applied to our food. What every you can do to lessen this in your family’s life just makes sense.
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