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9/8/13 11:40 P

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I've grown garlic that I purchased from the grocery store before, and it did just fine.

If it's to be, it's up to ME.

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I've grown out the garlic I buy from my CSA - I assume it would work as well to use grocery store garlic. I just know you shouldn't eat garlic sold as seed stock since it's sometimes treated with fungicides and things like that.

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9/3/13 1:06 P

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Is it wise to grow garlic from the grocery store stock or is it better to buy them from another source? Don't know why, but I've never grown garlic. I'm in Southern California so I can grow anything that doesn't require a hard freeze!

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8/28/13 11:43 P

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I have 2 volunteer cucumber plants that probably came from the neighbor's cucumbers that weren't found until they were too far gone and ended up in my compost bin instead. And I've picked over 5 dozen cucumbers so far from just these 2 plants! Picked a dozen just today from them! Meanwhile I planted 3 rows of cucumbers at the garden plots and only 2 came up and one of those died, and I have yet to get a cucumber from it.

Not exactly scraps, but I've usually taken cloves of garlic from heads I've grown and planted those every year, so I never have to buy any to plant.

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8/27/13 2:05 P

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I agree--same with tomatoes!

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8/4/13 5:17 P

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All my best squashes are the ones that volunteer in the compost. I think I'm slowly breeding varieties that are perfect for my yard by regrowing what volunteers from the seeds of what I've eaten. makes me not want to roast the seeds for snacks!
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I have tomatoes and some kind of squash or pumpkin (not sure yet) volunteering from my compost.


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8/2/13 11:34 P

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My compost pile grows volunteers... or I don;t compost it long enough... It goes in the ground when I can do it. Volunteers this year... butternut squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, dill

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6/21/13 3:52 P

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I've done onions, sweet potatoes, a pineapple and the tomatoes just come back naturally. I have an avocado tree that I grew from a pit this year...not sure how it will do in the long run, though. I hear they take a really long time to produce.

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6/10/13 1:08 P

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I have potatoes in my raised bed that are on their 3rd generation. I tossed some old, withered potatoes into the compost a long while ago and they sprouted. Somehow, I must have gotten some tiny potatoes into the raised bed and they just grew like crazy. I had let them go over the winter (forgot about them after the tops died back) and when I went to turn up the soil in the bed last spring, I got half a 5-gallon bucket full of red and yellow-skinned potatoes! I'm sure there were some baby tubors left because they have now sprouted and I have a bed full of plants again--and I have never planted potatoes in that box! It just came from the compost!

I have also had volunteer tomatoes, peppers, squash and pumpkin. I think I have several pumpkin plants coming up now where I've dressed the flower beds with compost.



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6/3/13 10:20 A

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My brother had told me how to do regrow onions like that. I had not tried it yet, but was going to in a few days. I am glad I found this discussion. I am going to try some of the other things too. I have regrown potatoes and onions that were left over in my cellar, but not tried from scraps.

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I'm just looking at the postings for the first time and saw this one. I'm very interested in growing food while saving as much money as possible. Gardening can be expensive. My experience so far is a couple of tomato plants that popped up from my compost but unfortunately too late in the season to bear fruit tho they did flower. I've been planting onions from onions and the plants are doing well. I saw a YouTube on peeling the onion down to a bulb and planting that so I experimented with some home grown onions that were given to me. Sometimes one onion produced 2 or 3 bulbs so I hope it works. When and if I get actual full sized onions I'll post again.

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10/2/12 12:18 A

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Even if all you get are leaves, it will be great for using in soups! The leaves have more flavor than the stalks anyway.

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10/1/12 3:32 P

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Good luck! All I got was celery leaves.

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10/1/12 2:44 P

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A couple of weeks ago, I tossed the root end of my celery into the worm bin. I noticed a couple of days ago that it was sprouting. So I took it out and planted it in the garden. I doubt if there is time for it to produce much this year but if it does take off and at least grow a little, I will know for next year to start doing that in early spring.

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10/1/12 1:53 P

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That's SO funny about the green onions! It's a good time of year to get them going, too!

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9/29/12 3:16 P

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You should have done your little speech after you had procured some of the onions for yourself. LOL

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So, I went to a Pampered Chef party on Tuesday and my friend, the host, was cutting green onions for the demo recipe she was making. She cut the tops all off and set the whites (with roots attached, of course) aside while she was cutting up the green parts. I asked her not to throw the whites away as I wanted to take them home and put them in my garden to grow them out and she (and several others!) looked at me like I was crazy!

So I explained about regrowing veggie bottoms (or tops!) or other veggie parts that can be replanted for almost perpetual growing and you know what? I ended up with no green onion bottoms to take home as after my little speech about the method, several of the women at the party said they wanted the green onion bottoms for their own gardens to try! Drat the luck (but in a good way!) I'd be at a food party with a bunch of gardeners!

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I harvested my Walla Walla sweet onions a couple of weeks ago. They are HUGE! And delicious! So I needed an onion for a recipe I was making over the weekend. I cut about 2/3 off the top to cook with and I planted the bottom back in my garden-it still had a lot of roots attached, not all were completely dried yet. We'll see how it turns out! I love the idea of perpetual replenishment, saves a lot of $$$ that way if they grow.

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I might try the ginger. I've gotten seeds for interesting carrots by planting the tops of colored carrots from the grocery store and farm market. Some things grow true to type and some don't but it's fun experimenting.

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Noticed today that my celery stalk that is going to seed is looking very limp, even tho watered. What's going on?

Thought it was supposed to turn brown.

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That's true--everything will go to seed. My onions went to seed, but the garlic didn't. Still, I can just take the scissors out and cut whatever I need for cooking and it's still tasty. The celery leaves would be useable and yummy in cooking.

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Tried growing the celery. LOL
What I have now is ONLY, possibly celery seeds. Which isn't a bad idea b/c I don't have any and the celery seeds are supposed to be good for ya.

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Very cool!

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Growing trees from seed is a fun experiment and you can always graft onto them eventually, if you want. I didn't think apples needed a pollenator, but I could be wrong. We have an apple tree that sprouted up wild in our yard and we had our neighbor graft 3 different varieties from his trees onto the wild tree. It's been an interesting experiment and we're enjoying the apples.

I've been eating potatoes that have grown from the potato peels in the compost and will harvest both onions and garlic soon. I planted the tiny garlic cloves from the center of the head last year and now they're full-sized heads. This is a really fun activity and can make our food bills a lot less!

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I planted the bases of 2 regular onions this spring since I only needed 1/2 the original onions in the recipes I was making. I harvested 6 new onions that popped up off of them. They did grow funny-1 onion base produced 2 new onions and that was OK. The other onion base was left in my fridge for a while so it already had new green growth when I planted it in the ground. This one produced 4 new onions which are a tad lopsided b/c they all came out of a central location so 1 side of each is flattened from where it was squashed against the neighbors. Also, the tops were growing up almost sideways out of the soil from all the new onions pushing against the other onions! Very neat experiment, I have never tried regular onions before, I'm glad I tried it!

Carrots and green onions are pretty easy to replant, I just let the stubs (carrot top or green onion root) sit out for a day or 2 before planting so the cut surface can heal over a bit before going into the ground. I believe that helps somewhat seal over the cut surface and helps prevent rot organisms and maybe some insect pests from attacking the stubs so easily. I don't know if that's scientific or not, but works for me so I've always done it!

For some of the others on the list, you need to be careful what seeds you plant. I personally would not grow any seeds out of things that need pollinator varieties as the seeds will be hybrids so they are not true to type and you cannot predict what the fruit will be like. For example, I would not grow apples from seed-apples need a pollinator variety to produce fruit. The seeds are hybrids of the parent and pollinator variety so the fruit of the offspring will not be true to the parent tree. Beyond that, it will take years for an apple seedling to grow big enough to produce any fruit anyway, so it's hardly an efficient way to reproduce an apple tree!

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Excellent!

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I planted a pineapple top about 2 months ago. I am curious how long it will take to get something. I saw the celery and bok choy recently on You Tube and was going to try it, but decided that it was easier to to plant a few seeds inside. Tried ginger one year, but when I moved it outside, something dug it up. Maybe it is time to try again.
Make sure you buy organic produce to do this with if you are trying to avoid GMOs

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I don't know if anyone else has seen this floating around, but a friend shared it on Facebook. I personally am trying the green onion and romaine lettuce and am having success with it! Thought I'd pass it along to see if any of you would like to see your produce go further.


Apples- http://www.ehow.com/how_2135774_grow-apple
-seeds.html

Tomatoes- http://www.ehow.com/how_5581958_grow-tomat
oes-fresh-tomato-seeds.html

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes- http://www.gardenguides.com/117543-plant-c
uttings-potatoes.html

Green Onions- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-grow
-green-onions-indefinitely.html
http://tipnut.com/nifty-food-plants/

Leeks- same technique as green onions

Carrot Tops- http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/children-i
n-the-garden/grow-carrot-tops.htm

Pineapple- http://www.rickswoodshopcreations.com/Pine
apple/pineapple.htm

Romaine Lettuce- Same technique as celery

Cabbage- Same technique as celery

Celery- http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/growing-cel
ery-indoors-never-buy-celery.html

Avocado -http://www.thehungrymouse.com/2009/09/09/
how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree-from-an-av
ocado-pit/

Lentils- http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/02/19/
how-to-grow-sprouts/

Pumpkin- http://pinterest.com/pin/98375573080950437
/

Ginger- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-
you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Garlic- http://www.gardenswag.com/2011/12/5-foods-
you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/

Bonus: Bok Choy - http://www.17apart.com/2012/02/how-to-regr
owing-bok-choy.html"


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