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Grow your own vegetables using kitchen scraps

If you’re thinking about installing an artificial grass lawn in your garden but are worried that you won’t be able to grow your own vegetables, fear not. There are plenty of life-hacks out there to help you with vegetable growing even if you don’t have a garden or outdoor area – and many of these tips utilise kitchen scraps or old vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away!

Why not consult our grower’s guide to find out how you can enjoy gardening at home without having to worry about costs?

1) Grow old potatoes

Chances are you’ve cut the “eyes” (the shoots that grow from ageing tubers) from a potato before eating it. These “eyes” are actually growing points and can be used to grow more potatoes. Instead of cutting them off and throwing them away, put them in a plant pot with compost. Within no time you’ll find yourself with some small new potatoes to hand.

2) Use cherry pips to enjoy free fruit

Keep those cherry pips – you could grow your own with them. Simply place a cherry pip into a hollow eggshell that has been filled with soil, before covering the top of the pip further with soil. From here, all you need to do is place the eggshell outside and let the wonder of nature do its work. This technique works for a variety of plants with pips/seeds including butternut squash.

3) Cost-free hot chilli peppers

To enjoy free peppers (of any type, including salad peppers and chillies) simply tap the seeds from the middle of the vegetable into a hollow egg cup, where you should store them for approximately six weeks. These can then be placed into a plant pot filled with soil which can be stored in your kitchen window. It should yield peppers within three months.

4) Reuse your ginger root

Ginger root is notorious for being purchased, used sparingly and binned – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Simply break a small part of the root off, place it into a soil-filled pot and watch it grow. However, be prepared that you will need to water it a lot and keep it in a sunny area if possible.

Do you have any further vegetable/fruit growing hacks? Perhaps you’d like to let us know – or if you’d like to know more about how an artificial lawn could benefit your property, please do not hesitate to get in touch.