Scrap gardening is what it sounds like: using your food scraps (typically called trash) to grow more food. If you are trying to save a little bit of extra money, this could be a great way to do just that. Maybe you are new to gardening and you feel overwhelmed by all there is to learn. This is one place to start.
In our home, we sit down and eat dinner together almost every night. At least one night a week (sometimes two) we eat a hearty salad for dinner. We also indulge in a salad for lunch occasionally. I usually buy spinach and romaine lettuce, then mix them together. Those are the greens that I prefer.
With the amount of romaine lettuce we use during the week, I was most definitely excited to learn that I can take my scraps and make more food! I love this! What was once trash, has now become a wonderful treasure. Can life really get any better than that?
I am absolutely amazed at how many things we throw away in our culture
Useful good things that are thrown in the trash as if it is crap. There is always something that can be done with old food! Composting is one option if you have a use for your compost. But hey, even if you don’t, do you know someone that would benefit from a bit of extra compost? Another idea: do you have chickens? I do not, but I have heard that they will eat just about anything. Go ahead and give them your old food that you don’t find to be edible. Also, many people who have outside dogs will feed them food scraps. Worm farming is an option for creating compost. If you are unfamiliar with this, learn about it here.
Then there is scrap gardening
Just to name a few of the many scraps that can be replanted: celery, onion, lettuce, lemongrass, cabbage, pineapple, avocado, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, and ginger. The list goes on and on. I am here to share with you my adventures scrap gardening with romaine lettuce. The amazing thing is it was SO simple! Just follow these simple steps…
1. Locate or buy a small indoor planter.
Does not need to be very big at all. You could also buy something bigger and plant multiple scraps at once. It does not have to be an indoor plant either. I did mine indoor because the weather here in Kansas is a little chilly right now.
2. Get a shovel and dig up some good soil from your backyard
Yup, that is what I did. I did not buy anything or do anything special. I simply dug up some dirt from the unused part of the garden and put it in my pot.
3. Using your fingers, or a spoon if you would rather, make a hole in the soil that is in the pot
The hole should be about 2″ in diameter.
4. Put in your scrap romaine lettuce
I would say that the romaine lettuce needs about 1 1/2 – 2 inches left of it before planting. You don’t want the lettuce to be too small or it won’t work.
5. If there is space around the lettuce, pack the dirt in tight around the base of it.
6. Water it.
7. Watch it grow!
The lettuce should be placed somewhere for it to get plenty of sunlight. I would recommend watering the lettuce every other day. It is a great feeling to be able to grow your own food. Even if its something small and simple like lettuce. Everyone has to start somewhere!
If you are like me and want a way to grow a little something over the winter, this is a perfect way to garden. Have you done any scrap gardening? I would love to hear about the plants that you have regrown!