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Grow Your Food Scrap Into New Food Right Inside Your Home

Date April 20, 2018 12:42

A lot of people think decorating a house is all about furniture and paintings. Period pieces and antique furniture usually top most lists. But houseplants are usually ignored. Ironically, houseplants are very important to have around.

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Plants synthesize carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They also purify the air so it is a double deal. Some studies show that plants help reduce stress and increase productivity. In addition, they soften the look of any room while adding to the general aesthetics.

Grow your own plants from food scrap

A major reason why some people are not keen on having houseplants is that they think they are expensive to buy and manage. However, you can grow your own houseplants using food scraps. Imagine a houseplant that provides health benefits and you can also break off and eat.

Basil

Basil is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. All you need is a cutting and a container with water. Nature does the rest. As the plant grows roots you can easily transfer it to a pot with soil.

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Onions

The root of an onion will sprout if planted in soil. No need for fancy pots here. A recycled plastic bottle with punched out holes will do. Make sure you have a lot of sunlight and keep the soil damp.

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Ginger

It may take as long as a year to sprout, but like onions, they thrive in soil. Don’t expect to add it to your spices in a meal in a short while, though.

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Pineapple

They take even longer to germinate, but yes, you can grow your own pineapple plant at home. Do not throw the crown away. Seeing as the plant is much larger than others you may have change pots often.

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Rosemary

Like basil, it can be regrown from cuttings. However, it requires a bit more attention than basil. Rosemary plants need to be trimmed often to allow healthy growth. And they are particular about the soil they thrive in.

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Tomatoes

Tomato seeds don’t need a lot of attention. Push a few into damp soil in any handy container and watch them grow. Preferably, transfer them outside after a while so they can get a healthy dose of sunlight.

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Turnips

Leave turnip tops in some water for about four days. As soon as they sprout, move them outdoors. Like tomatoes, they thrive in sunlight.

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It may take some patience, but after a while, you may never need to buy a chunk of your groceries again. And the air in your house will be fresher to boot.

Caring for houseplants

Nature does most of the work growing plants, but they still need human attention, especially when grown indoors. Water is good but too much water is not. Find out how much water your plants need first and never assume. And make sure they get ample sunlight.

Also, avoid dumping coffee or sugary drinks in plant pots. Sugars attract sciarid flies that will eat just about any plant. And try not to move houseplants around much. Like humans, they take time to acclimatize. Moving them may disturb natural growth.

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