Homegrown Produce: 10 Foods You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps (Slideshow)

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Before you throw away food scraps, consider using them to grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs
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To grow this vegetable at home, simply save the base of the celery after the stalks have been removed. Place the base into a shallow dish of water, ensure that it receives direct sunlight, and once new leaves start to sprout, transplant it.

Celery

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To grow this vegetable at home, simply save the base of the celery after the stalks have been removed. Place the base into a shallow dish of water, ensure that it receives direct sunlight, and once new leaves start to sprout, transplant it.

Scallions

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If you have unused white scallion ends, simply place them in a glass of water and wait for the green stems to regrow. Then, snip the green ends and repeat the growing process.

Ginger

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An endless supply of ginger is easy; place an unused portion of the root into a pot with soil. When the plant starts growing, pull it up, slice off the amount that you need, and re-plant the remainder of the root.

Romaine Lettuce

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Once the leaves have been sliced from a head of romaine, place the root end into a dish of water, being careful not to submerge the plant. Place the dish in direct sunlight, spritz the plant with water about once a week, and transplant it once leaves begin to sprout. 

Potatoes

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Two-inch pieces of potato peelings can be dried overnight and planted four inches deep in soil to regrow potatoes. Just make sure each piece of peel has a few eyes on it.

Pineapple

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After you slice the top from a pineapple, insert a few toothpicks into it so that it can be suspended in a dish of water. Place the dish into direct sunlight. Make sure the water reaches the base of the pineapple and transplant when roots begin to grow.  

Carrots

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Cut carrot tops that are submerged in water will regrow their edible greens. If you wait until roots start to develop, then carrots can be regrown as well.

Turnips

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Much like carrots, turnips can be grown by placing cut tops in water. The greens will sprout first. When the root begins to develop, transplant your turnip.

Beets

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Beets can also be grown using the same method as carrots and turnips. Just be sure to monitor the water level as you wait for roots to grow.

Cilantro

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Rather than discard the root ends of cilantro, place them in a cup of water, provide plenty of sunlight, and transplant them to a pot once leaves start to sprout.