Grow a luxuriant vegetable garden from these 15 food scraps

Don't throw away these food scraps as they can be used to grow / regrow vegetables!


Fruits and vegetables are important for health. Indeed, it is no secret that they contain many nutrients that our body needs to function well. Of course, buying fruits and vegetables can sometimes cost a small fortune. It is therefore advantageous to grow them at home. Here are 15 fruits and vegetables that you can grow from leftover foods. 

1. Avocado

If you’ve eaten an avocado, don’t throw away the pit:

  • Wash it;
  • Prick it with several toothpicks and soak the lower part of it in water;
  • Wait 2 weeks, you should see roots appear;
  • Plant your pit in a pot filled with soil and water it frequently.

2. Mango

Here’s how to grow mango in your home:

  • Take its pit and place it in a damp cotton pad. Make sure the cotton is constantly humid.
  • Place the pit in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap.
  • Once the root of the pit is growing and well visible, you can put it in the ground by leaving 2 cm of ground above it.
  • Place your plant in the sun and keep the soil moist.

3. Peach
  • Fill a pot with soil and plant a peach pit in it.
  • Bury your pot to protect it from wind or other weather conditions. Choose a place that is exposed to the sun.
  • Water your plant.

4. Plum
  • Take an airtight box and pour in a mixture of sand and peat.
  • Add plum pits, add water and place your box, making sure the contents are always humid.
  • When your pits have germinated, plant them in a pot or in the ground.

5. Lychee

You can grow lychees by collecting the pits from these fruits, washing them to remove their whitish film and planting them in a pot filled with compost. Place the pot in a warm place and make sure the soil is moist.

6. Dates

To grow dates, place a few pits in a glass of water and place it in a sunny spot. It is important to change your water every week. When you notice that the pits have started to germinate, plant them in the ground and water them.

7. Citrus


Citrus fruits can grow from their seeds:

  • In a small pot filled with soil, peat and sand, plant your seeds 1 cm deep.
  • Cover your jars with plastic wrap or a plastic bottle.
  • Make sure the soil is always moist and the pot temperature is between 18° and 20°.
  • When your citrus shoots measure 5 to 6 cm, repot them.

9. Tomato

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Is your tomato too ripe for you to eat? Slice it and place the tomato slices in a pot filled with compost and soil. Put a small layer of soil on them and water them. You should see tomato plant shoots after 4 to 7 weeks.

10. Sweet potato

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  • Cut your sweet potato and plant toothpicks in the slices.
  • Place half of each slice in a glass of water until buds appear.
  • Place them completely in the water for roots to grow.
  • Put them in the ground.

11. Papaya


To grow papaya at home, take the seeds of this fruit and remove the protective film by exerting a light pressure on them. Rinse them, dry them and plant them in a pot filled with wet soil, 1 cm deep.

13. Kiwi

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If you like kiwis, you’ll appreciate this trick to grow them at home:

  • Take some kiwi seeds.
  • Remove them from the pulp and place them on a damp cotton pad.
  • When the seeds have germinated, plant them in the ground by covering them with a small layer of compost and by watering them.
  • Wait a few weeks, then repot the vine or put it in a place that is sheltered from the wind.

14. Basil

Basil is very easy to grow. Simply place the stems in a glass of water and place it near a window. Be sure to change the water frequently. When your roots are a few centimetres long, plant your basil in pots. You can use this trick with coriander, mint and parsley.

15. Romaine lettuce

To grow romaine lettuce, take its base and place it in 2 cm of water. When you see roots and leaves starting to grow, place your plant in the ground. You can grow cabbage the same way.

16. Pineapple

Here’s how to grow a pineapple at home:

  • Take the pineapple crown (the upper part of the fruit) and remove all the leaves at the bottom;
  • Place the crown in a glass of water;
  • Wait for roots to grow and plant the crown in the ground in an area exposed to the sun, making sure you water it well.

17. Celery

You bought celery for the children’s snack, why not keep the base to grow a few more? Simply cut the bottom half off, place it in a small container filled with water and place it in the sun. Wait for leaves to grow, then three days after they appear, plant your new celery shoots.


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