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There are a variety of reasons to grow your own produce. From saving money on your regular food shop to enjoying more nutritious, pesticide-free, food (fresh from the garden is infinitely more nutritious than any well-travelled food), or even just looking for a new hobby that can help you catch more sun. Whatever your reasons for wanting to grow a green thumb, we’ve got a few tips to help you get started right now.


Re-grow Your Walnuts

Super nutritious and proven to reduce blood pressure, the humble walnut is a great place to start. Just take a whole walnut, give it a splash of water and wrap it in some tissue (keeping it damp) for up to a week, until you can see it sprouting. Once sprouting, it’s time to plant the nut in some moist soil.

You can do the same for dragonfruit. Just take out a loofa, (what are they actually for, anyway?) scoop out a little dragonfruit and wrap the netting around it. Then squeeze in your hand and watch the seeds come free. Dab onto the tissue and keep them damp for about 4 days before planting. The same goes for watermelon (though you can just pick out those seeds).


Man Carrot Live By Bread Alone

You’ll find the methods for growing fruit and veg don’t differ all that much. For carrots, save the thick end and place it in a bowl of water. Once the roots have grown back, you can upgrade them to a bucket of moist soil and watch them grow. The same also goes for leek.

You can take a similar approach with a clove of garlic. Place it just over a glass of water, roots down, facing the water. After a few days, it’ll have plenty of new roots and you can place the garlic in soil. Green onions can be grown by placing in water as well, but don’t need to be moved into soil.


The Simple Stuff

Finally, there is a variety of fruit and veg that you can regrow through just planting them into moist soil.

You can cut the outer layer of a strawberry off (where all the seeds are) and plant it straight into some soil. A great way to eliminate waste for those who are picky with the texture of their food.

If you’re a fan of chamomile tea and can bear to sacrifice a bag, open one up and plant a flower head – that’s where the seeds are after all. Chamomile demands 16 hours of sunlight a day though, whereas a slice of tomato can be planted and only asks for 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. Even bell peppers and sweet corn can be regrown like this.

It’s easier than you might think to get started with homegrown fruit and veg. Many of the foods you can regrow are excellent replacements for foods you might exclude as part of an elimination diet. Which one will you start with? Let us know in the comments below.

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