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It’s a win-win. You don’t have to create food waste and throw away kitchen scraps when you can be regrowing vegetables for free.

Composting is of course your best option when it comes to putting food waste to work in your garden. But in the short term, a number of scraps can be used in regrowing vegetables in a matter of weeks. In fact, this list includes vegetables that cultivate so well under these conditions, that you may never need to buy them again. It’s an easy way to reduce food waste and save money all at the same time.

1. Potatoes

You’ve seen them sprout, so you know there’s potential. Those mini plants that begin to grow out of your potatoes after about a week are called eyes and they’re the key to re-growing taters . Cut a square about two inches deep around two of the biggest eyes on your potato. Let them sit in the sunlight for a few days, until they really dry out. This prevents mold once you replant them. Plant 8 inches deep with the eye facing up and bam, kitchen scraps become garden bounty.

2. Garlic

You can see results just by planting a single clove root-end down. Plant in shallow ground in the sunniest part of your garden.

3. Onions

Onions are one of those plants that just by regrowing them, you can avoid ever having to buy them again. Cover with topsoil in a sunny position in your garden. You can keep doing this over and over again and save money on onions at the grocery store.

4. Leeks

Just take the base of a leek and cut straight across. Cover them in water and leave them on a sunny windowsill for a week or so. Once they start sprouting, you’ll have fresh leeks all over again.

5. Fennel

Take the leftover fennel roots and place them in a small container filled with water. Keep on a sunny windowsill just as you did the leeks. You can plant in the ground if you’d like, but you don’t need to for success. Just make sure that you change the water every week.

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