When you consider growing your own food, the grocery store may not be the first location that springs to mind, but you can really grow quite a few things from standard grocery store food.
This is also excellent news because it implies that you may utilize these foods to produce more if you are having trouble locating them regularly or if you already have any leftovers in your cabinet that are a little beyond their prime. This can help you save money in the long run.
Easy to Grow Green Onions
Green garlic shoots and grocery store onions may both be readily cultivated into green onions. If you leave the bottom root piece intact, you may plant just the bulbous center of an onion to produce these green shoots (also known as scallions), but why not use the usable area of the onion first?
Simply bury or pot the root-end of the onion or bulb part in the ground. Make sure the roots are pointing downward. Use earth to cover. Wait for green shoots to sprout after giving the soil frequent watering (but not until it is too damp). As the green onion shoots develop, trim them and use them immediately.
Beans, Peas, and Sprouts
The seeds of the bean and pea plants are known as dried beans and dried peas. Therefore, if you purchase entire dried beans or peas, you may use them to create new plants. Alternatively, you may use them for cultivating bean or pea sprouts.
Simply sow beans or peas from a seed supply like any other bean or pea to produce plants. The use of “seed” you purchased at the grocery store is the sole distinction.
This is effective for most bean, pea, lentil, and other legume seed varieties. Using only whole, dry seeds is essential. For instance, split peas won’t work. However, it should be noted that it can be challenging to determine the age of the seed, and germination and outcomes might vary depending on how long the seeds have been stored. By sprouting ten or so of the beans or peas on a wet paper towel, you may opt to test them.
Your Favorite Root Vegetable Greens
You’re in luck if you enjoy preparing greens made from root vegetables, such as turnip, beet, or carrot greens. Pick your favorite root vegetable from the grocery store and give it a try; growing these items is simple.
An entire vegetable, such as a carrot, turnip, or beet, may be planted and will soon develop roots and fresh green tops. You can plant just the top of the veggie above the soil line.
If you leave potatoes around in a cold, dark spot for too long, they will eventually start to sprout “eyes” out of their skins. Digging a hole, placing the sprouted potato in it, covering it, and then hilling up around the plant as it grows are all required to plant a potato. Using straw to hill your potato plants will simplify harvesting and hilling.
Once potatoes have at least two blossoming eyes, plant them. If each piece contains at least two sprouting eyes, you can chop bigger potatoes in half or quarters. This is a technique for maximizing the use of limited resources.
These are only a few options you have to grow things from the food you can obtain from a grocery store. Learning to grow your own food can be a joyous, fulfilling, and (best of all) budget-friendly experience.
Are you looking for a grow-your-own-food blog? Blossom & Broom has the resources you need to grow your own edible garden at home. Check out our blog today!