Well, the most amazing things happen when you grow your own food!
Whether you regrow from the veggies you have or from the seeds, you'll be happy you grew it yourself. I included herbs because, not only are they easy to grow, they also add a lot of flavors to our food.
Now, let's get on with it. You'll be eating your food faster than you think.
Grow Your Own Veggies
I've found that I can easily grow six different types of veggies from scraps. After the general instructions, you'll find some pictures that should help clarify how to cut these items and prepare them.
Carrots are a root vegetable and are started the same way as the other veggies listed above. The only difference is that it's the top of the carrot you will be growing.
Note: Turnips can be grown the same way.
Lettuce also grows well in glass or jars. Referencing the picture above, you want to cut near the top edge of the knife. Remember not to cut too short. There's a picture below that will show you how to stick toothpicks in it so that it can grow before you plant it. If you want your lettuce to last longer, remember to only harvest a few leaves at a time and never pull the whole plant.
Each of these is amazing to watch grow. When planted in the glass jars, your children can watch them grow.
Grown in a jar like celery.
Grown in dirt like garlic.
Grown in container like potatoes.
Once it roots, plant in dirt.
Or plant outside in the garden.
Or outside in the garden.
Needs the sun or greenhouse.
Needs a sun shade.
Needs to be hilled.
Let's Get Herbaceous
Grow these flavourful herbs:
Whether you live in the country with lots of space for a garden or in an apartment and keep your herbs on the counter. These herbs can take up as much or as little room as you want. The picture below shows how easy it is to grow in pots inside on the wall or hanging on the deck, which is a great solution if you don't have enough counter space. Start by buying them in the fresh salad area of your grocery store or food market. Bring them home and follow these steps.
The one plant I put outside is thyme. It fits nicely between the stepping stones along the pathway to my garden. When you pick some or rub them, they give off a wonderful aroma. These herbs can also be planted in larger containers on your deck or patio. Lemon balm will keep the pests away. Mint is good in tea or cold drinks. Mint comes in chocolate or apple; they smell wonderful, and I love them both. The great thing about herbs is that most can be regrown from the cuttings. So, if there's an herb that you love but don't see here, be brave and take a piece of the plant and strip off a few leaves. A new plant will likely grow from it.
These vegetables and fruits contain their seeds within them. They are easy to grow, and they all grow on vines (except the tomato). The tomato can be grown in the same type of container and doesn't have to be transplanted into the garden. Just don't grow them near peppers; they are not companion plants. Just make sure they have a trellis or support for the weight of the vegetables or fruit.
Some other plants that grow from their seed, not pictured here are:
I grow them in the greenhouse. You don't have to, though. They grow just fine in containers.
From my house to yours, may your food nourish you and may the rain provide all moisture your plants need to thrive.
© 2017 Terrie Lynn
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on August 19, 2018:
Thank you, Silvia. Let me know if you have any questions. Nice to see someone growing their food. have a great week.
Silvia on August 16, 2018:
Tnx a million for your clear instructions on growing these herbs and veggies. Can't wait to get started.
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 26, 2017:
Oh, Vocal coach, this means so much to me. I put a lot of work and heart into my garden and food for my family. Another Hubber said to write about how to be more self-sufficient. This article is because of that comment. No, they don't need holes as long as you put in gravel or little absorbent beads. It gives a space for the water to sit until the plant needs it. None of my pots have drainage holes. Thank you for your kind words.
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 26, 2017:
You've provided a great service for those who live in small spaces and with conditions not suitable for a garden. This information is not only amazing, it's beneficial.
I love your list of foods that contain their own seeds. These photos are worth a 1000,00 words! I have a simple question. Do all vegetables and herb containers have to have drainage holes?
Thank you Terrie for this Class A hub.
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 23, 2017:
Jacqklin, thats great. I grow a lot of other foods too. we built a new green house and need to put the siding on then we can put more plants in. We have made our garden 3 times bigger than last year. We have so much rain, we are late getting started.
jacqklin from ITALY on May 22, 2017:
I do the same thing grow everything and anything...and will add anything you don't mention so you can try other things...
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 16, 2017:
Thank you, Jacqklin. I am going to update as soon as the rain stops. I can't plant anything right now. I added some of the plants I have in the house right now and herbs. I can't wait to get outside. We have pools of water everywhere.
jacqklin from ITALY on May 15, 2017:
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 12, 2017:
Hi fern. That's great. My friend uses the community garden. She live in an apartment. I have some of these Veggies growing now in water. Others will be outside as soon as we finish putting plastic on the greenhouse. Enjoy your food, have a great weekend.
Fern Bailey from Michigan on May 12, 2017:
Awesome article! We don't have much room at our home, but my sister and brother-in-law have a huge garden that they let us raid. I do however grow garlic and some assorted herbs at home. The garlic is pretty invasive and you really need to keep it in check! I love it though and usually have a crop that is too much for just my husband and I so I give it away.
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 11, 2017:
Wow Tamara, that's great. We don't have the climate for pomegranate. You are so lucky. Carrots last along time, we have a cold room for winter storage. We are waiting for our fruit trees and more berries to arrive. Thank you for leaving a comment.
Tamara Moore on May 11, 2017:
Great article! I love gardening and do so in the backyard. I have planted tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, and recently have a newly planted Pomegranate tree, Kumquat tree, and Thornless Blackberry Bush. I would love to plant some carrots, and garlic. I will look over your list, again!
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 10, 2017:
Hi Dora, nice to hear from you. Thank you. I love to share ways to make our lives better, without it taking up space or costing a lot of money. Have a wonderful day.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 10, 2017:
Great suggestions and instructions. Thanks for sharing.
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 10, 2017:
Thank you for commenting. Yes it sure is better. In the long run it's cheaper than the prepackaged, junk foods. Growing foods always feels more fulfilling. My grandchildren enjoy it now too. Have a nice week and enjoy good food.
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 10, 2017:
Growing your own food saves so much money, because produce is expensive (especially organic)! It takes less work than you think, if you just put in a few minutes every morning. And everything really does taste better when it's straight out of the ground or off the vine.
Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on May 09, 2017:
Hi Louise, yes it's amazing. So many foods don't take a lot of room to grow either. I have green onion and celery growing right now. Thank you for reading.
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on May 09, 2017:
I'm surprised you can regrow so much! Thanks for the advice. =)