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Popular Foods You Can Recycle in Your Garden

Have you ever felt guilty throwing away perfectly good food? Do you hate to see food go to waste? What most people don’t know is that you can easily replant most of your leftover food simply from their scraps.

Southern Living recently shared a list of five common foods that you can buy from the store and plant the leftovers in your garden, so you can enjoy fresh-from-the-garden produce time and time again. Here’s a breakdown of a few of the most common recycled produce you can use in your garden:


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Once you have a head of garlic that has sprouts, they’re ready to grow. All you have to do is plant the sprouted cloves in good soil with the sprouts facing up, making sure they get plenty of sunlight and water. The best part is that garlic requires minimal upkeep and produce ample results.


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While the leaves are what you actually eat, the base is what you’ll need to recycle your head of lettuce. All you have to do is place the base in about a half inch of water. Keep the water at that level until new leaves start to grow. Then, take your baby plant and put it into some soil. Shortly after, you should be looking at a whole new head of lettuce to add to your next salad.


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For celery, you’re going to do the same thing you did with the base of the lettuce. It will typically take a little longer, but once it starts sprouting, stick it in some soil and watch it grow!

Visit Southern Living to read the full list.

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