Hi, I’m Sam. I’m 11 years old, and I’m Jenni’s son. My mom asked me to write a blog post on re-growing food scraps. This is something I like to do because it’s fun and easy and leaves room in your garbage can. I am passionate about gardening, so my mom got me a book called Grow It Again. Most of my tips come from this book. Although a few come from my own experiences. Growing food from the fruits and vegtables in your home is a great activity for families to do together.
I’m going to show you how to grow food again in three different ways:
- Take it from the top
- Seed time
- From the ground up
Take It From The Top
I will show you how to grow two different foods in this category: pineapples and carrots.
Let’s start with carrots.
Step one — Take a small, shallow container, and place a layer of stones at the bottom.
Step two — Cut the off about 2 ½ inches from the top of the carrot. Kids should have an adult help.
Step three — Place the carrot tops in the container with the rocks, and pour a thin layer of water in the carrots (about half an inch high).
Carrots seem to sprout best with a few carrot tops in the same container. Space them one to two inches apart.
Every other day, change the water.
Once you start to see tiny little green stems (check with a magnifying glass once a week), plant the carrot tops in soil in their own containers, and then water two to three times a week.
They like to live in partial sun.
Now for pineapple. Pineapple is one of my personal favorites, but it takes a long time to grow.
There are a few ways to grow pineapples, but the one I’m going to teach here is the one I have had the most success with.
Step one — Cut off the top of a pineapple. (Have an adult help.)
Step two — Cut all the flesh of the pineapple off, and keep cutting until you see tiny black dots on the rim of the pineapple top.
Step three — Peel all the leaves off from the first inch and a half.
Step four — Leave the top out on the counter to dry for about four to five days in room temperature.
Step five — Plant in potting soil in a large pot, and in a few days it will start to root.
Water every time the soil gets dry.
If you follow the steps, you will probably grow a healthy plant, but don’t expect a pineapple any time soon. It takes about two years before you see a blossom and about another seven months to produce a pineapple.
I’m going to show you how to sprout seeds that are difficult to grow, but if you follow these steps you will be able to grow them just fine. The three plants I will show today are oranges, apples, and avocado. I’m going to start with oranges because I live in Florida, and that’s one of the most common crops here.
Step one — Take a small round plastic container or plastic cup, and put just a few stones at the bottom.
Step two — Fill it the rest of the way with soil and crushed egg shells for nutrition.
Step three — Take about three seeds from a ripe orange, and place them about an inch or two apart in the soil (the farther apart the better), but make sure the seeds are not too far into the soil.
Step three — Moisten the soil just a little.
Step four — Take a plastic sandwich bag, and put it over the container. Then wrap a rubber band around it to keep it in place
Step five — Leave it in a sunny window indoors.
Step six — Check every week to make sure the soil is moist, and in about three weeks, when you see sprouts, take the bag off.
Keep the seeds in a pot until they are strong enough to handle the environment.
Apples cannot grow in Florida because they need to go through a process called winterization, but when planting the seeds you can fake it!
Step one — Take out the seeds.
Step two — Put the seeds in a wet napkin.
Step three — Put the napkin in the refrigerator.
Step four — Check every day.
Step five — When it roots plant in soil.
If you live where it does not snow, you wont have any success with growing apples, even if you winterize the seeds in the fridge.
Avocados are fun but difficult If you like a challenge, this is the plant for you!
Step one — Take out the avocado pit, and peel off the skin. Have an adult help.
Step two — Take toothpicks, and stick them into the avocado seed around the circumference of the seed. You want to put in 3 or 4 toothpicks. If the seed splits in two, it’s ok just tie the two halves together with a string.
Step three — Place the seed over a 4 to 5 inch cup filled with water. Make sure the bottom of the seed is in the water.
Step four — Once the root is three inches long, place it in soil, and water it three to seven times a week.
Be careful with the roots. They can be broken very easily.
This plant likes full sun.
From The Ground Up
In this category I am going to teach you how to grow two plants: garlic and ginger.
Garlic is also one of my favorites. It’s fast, easy, and fun!
Step one — Take a small, shallow container (about the size of the carrot container), and place a layer of stones.
Step two — Peel about three garlic cloves, and place them in the stones so that they are standing up. Make sure the pointy end of the clove is facing up.
Step three — Fill the container with about a ¼ inch of water, and leave it in a sunny windowsill for two days.
Step four — Plant in soil.
Clip the tops of the garlic every week. They get big quickly.
The tops are good in salads and are very healthy.
You can grow the garlic in the container with the water for a very long time. That was one of the things I did.
Ginger is fairly easy to grow, so it is something I would say you should try.
Step one — Get a container like the one you put the garlic in. Place a small layer of stones at the bottom and then fill it almost to the top with soil.
Step two — Place the ginger root flat on top of the soil.
Step three — Put soil around the ginger but leave its back out because ginger prefers it that way.
Step four — Water the soil just a little, and keep it in a sunny window. Within a few days it should root.
Water when the soil gets dry.
Transplant when the container gets too small.
Give the plant part sun.
They will eventually grow shoots. Some may die, but new ones will replace them.
They grow quickly. In about a month, the plant will be about three feet.
Don’t eat the shoots.