How to Use Kitchen Scraps for Gardening


Every kitchen produces food scraps that are treated as waste. Instead of throwing these items away, there are multiple ways that you can use the items for your garden.

All you need to have is some creativity and effort. In return, you’ll be able to grow plants from what might normally go into your compost bin or garbage can.

Some fruit scraps are better than others. If you’re interested in turning your kitchen scraps into garden materials, here are the materials you will need.

  • Food scraps.
  • Growing containers.
  • Potting mix.
  • Filtered water.

The best food scraps from carrots, beets, lemons, limes, and oranges. You can throw in some avocados and sweet potatoes too. Take the whole item to begin growing your garden. Rinds, peels, and shavings can be used for new compost in the garden.

Once you’ve collected all the scraps, you’ll want to follow these steps.

Planting Kitchen Scrap Tubers

Ginger, sweet potatoes, and regular potatoes can all be grown into new plants. Prop the tuber over a glass filled with water by sticking toothpicks through it. The smaller, narrower point of the tuber should be submerged in the water. Then place the glass in the sun. You’ll see roots beginning to form in a couple of weeks, which is your cue to plant it in a growing container with soil.

Planting Kitchen Scrap Root Crops

It is easy to force root crops into new growth. Just take the head off the root vegetable. Take about two inches from the root as well. Then place the root in water with pebbles or sand in the container. You’ll see new greens beginning to form in about 14 days. Pineapples will grow this way too. Then transplant into a growing container with soil when roots form.

Starting Big Seeds from Kitchen Scrap

Planting an avocado seed is a lot of fun, especially with young kids. Those big seeds do need to dry out for 48 hours after being pulled from the food product. Then plant it in a growing container that is at least 6 inches in diameter. Keep the soil moist and the top of the seed exposed to the air.

You can also use the potato method for growing avocado seeds in their first days.

Starting Little Seeds from Kitchen Scrap

Most of the produce that you eat will contain small seeds that can be turned into gardening opportunities. Make sure the seeds are dry after harvesting them, especially after taking them from citrus fruits. Plant the dry seeds into a pot that is at least 4 inches in diameter. Keep the soil warm and moist, but you don’t want to keep it wet. Most seeds will sprout in 6 weeks or less. Some will show growth in as little as 2 weeks. Then keep transplanting the trees or plants into bigger pots as growth continues.

It can be a lot of fun to garden from your leftovers and waste from the kitchen. Hunt down some seeds, grow some tubers, and embrace the good gardening life.