Making Your Organic Budget Stretch
We now know that purchasing organic produce is the healthier choice, but are you still on the fence that there’s value in buying organic produce? After reading this article, you’ll have found the solutions to get more from your organic produce purchase, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your food is pesticide-free. Now you can make your organic budget stretch much further!
We have found up to 25 organic plants that can be regrown – yes, kitchen scraps that would have previously gone into the trash or out to the composting bin now have a chance to start again. You’ll be thrilled to learn that using the base of unused bok choi, romaine lettuce, cabbage, and celery; the top of a carrot; an avocado seed; a potato eye; the root base of leeks, scallions, spring onions, lemongrass or fennel; you can regrow your organic produce and benefit from maximum produce yields. You’ll have an instant indoor micro-garden that you can relocate to your patio! You’ll be amazed to see what can grow in a short period of time.
Now you can use this authentic personal farm-to-table process: growing organic vegetables using your organic food scraps in water (hydroponically)!
Organic DIY Project
Encourage your children or students, challenge your workmates and impress your guests by becoming a master scrap grower in your home and community. Inspire others to grow their own organic vegetables and make their organic budgets stretch.
Instructions For Growing Kitchen Scraps
To support your community (Community Supported Agriculture) find a local farmer’s market or grocery store that carries local and organic produce.
- Take the leftover roots and place them in a container with a small amount of water
- The roots should be wet but not submerged
- Place the container in or near a sunny window
- Within 3-5 days you’ll begin to see new growth
- Remove produce as you need, leaving the roots in the water. Continue to harvest your kitchen scraps
- Refresh water weekly to keep the plant healthy
Tips on How to Make Your Organic Budget Stretch
When clothes shopping, my strategy is cost per wear. If I can’t value what I’m purchasing at a low cost per wear – I don’t buy it. What value do we put on our health – especially if there’s a solution right in front of you, yet it’s being thrown in the trash or out to the compost? If you’re regrowing and eating that organic produce that you’ve purchased once, or multiple times, you’re making your cost per organic selection much lower.
Enjoy organic produce over and over again by choosing these healthy and easy-to-grow vegetables:
- Sweet potato
- Leeks, scallions, spring onions and fennel
- Celery, bok choi, romaine lettuce & cabbage
You can also regrow herbs and spices such as:
- Whole seed spices like coriander or mustard seed
- Seeds from fruits and vegetables like potatoes, green peppers, or apples
- Snack food seeds like popcorn or nuts
- Fresh herbs and spices like garlic or ginger root
Though it’s unlikely that we can eliminate our organic grocery costs, we can certainly minimize them and make our organic dollar stretch by regrowing these scraps that we’d normally throw out or compost. It’s like having an unlimited supply of organic produce at our finger tips – not to mention it’s fun and simple.