How to Grow Food from Kitchen Scraps

  • Spring Onions/Scallions – Plant root tip in soil.
  • Leeks – Plant root tip in soil.
  • Fennel – Plant root tip in soil.
  • Lemongrass – Place root tips in water in the sun. After one week, plant in soil. Allow the lemongrass to reach one foot before harvesting. (The plant will continue producing if you cut it like grass, leaving the roots in the soil.)
  • Romaine Lettuce – Plant root tips in soil, leaving an inch of stalk attached. (Keep soil moist for the first week.)
  • Celery – Plant root tip in soil, leaving an inch of stalk attached. (Keep soil moist for the first week.)
  • Bok Choy – Plant root tip in soil, leaving an inch of stalk attached. (Keep soil moist for the first week.)
  • Cabbage – Plant root tip in soil, leaving one inch of cabbage head attached. (Keep soil most for the first week.)
  • Ginger – Cut small chunk of ginger root and plant in soil, keeping any buds facing upward. Ginger prefers filtered light. Once the new root has grown large, pull it out of the soil, cut off the amount you need, and re-plant what remains.
  • Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes – Wait for eyes to begin growing. Then, cut off eye with two inches of potato attached. Let it dry in the air for two days before planting in rich soil eight inches below the surface, with the eye pointing upward. Cover the potato with four inches of dirt and leave the last four inches uncovered. Add an inch of dirt a week for four weeks.
  • Onions – Plant root end, keeping one half-inch of onion attached. Keep soil moist until the onion is established.
  • Pineapple – Cut off the leafy green top and remove any fruit. Peel off the bottom layer of leaves. Then, plant the pineapple head in soil, cut side downward. Keep moist for the first week, then water weekly. (It takes 2-3 years for the first pineapple to grow.)