Composting is a great way to re-use vegetable scraps from your kitchen but you can take those scraps to the next level of re-using and recycling. A lot of your kitchen vegetable scraps can be planted into your garden.
It doesn't just save a few bucks at the nursery. Replanting vegetation offers the growers a feeling that they won't get from going out and buying plants. Next time you need a green onion, you can go snip it from your garden or window box.
Vegetable scraps can be grown into your garden by a few different methods.
Propagating cuttings. By cleaning off stems and setting them in water (like you would do with flowers) some plants will sprout roots. This works well with a lot of herbs. Try it with:
basil, thyme, rosemary, mint, oregano, even , watercress...
Some can be propagated directly into soil. Make sure to keep the soil moist but not wet until the plant has developed. You can try this with potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery (the bottom of the celery bulb may re-srpout roots), onions, green onions, garlic, leeks, ginger, Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), even carrots by planting the stub larger end of the carrot may produce a new plant but not new vegetables (the seeds from the plant will produce new plants that can produce vegetables though).
The seeds can easily be harvested and just tossed into the garden to grow wildly. When really good tomatoes over-ripen, squeeze the seeds out of them into a good sunny spot in the garden. Tomatoes sprout all over my garden every year with this strategy. Try harvesting the seeds of tomatoes as well as squash, pumpkins, avocados, chile peppers and bell peppers...
Another favorite kitchen scrap plan for your garden is for roses in your garden and banana scraps. Chop up your banana peels and mix them directly into the soil around your roses for the best rose fertilizer.
Growing vegetables and having fun in the garden just got easier!