What to do with those food scraps?

Most of the scraps from our table or during food preparation is placed in a bucket and fed to the chickens or given to the hounds along with their regular feed.  But, there are some scraps that can be re-purposed, especially during the winter months when there’s no garden growing.  Re-purpose, I love that word!! 🙂

To re-purpose, all you have to do  the next time you buy a bunch of celery at the grocery store, cut the bottom off the bunch and set it in a bowl of warm water and place the bowl in a sunny spot.  In less than two weeks you’ll notice little flecks of green coming up through the stem/root.  It will continue to grow but when it gets about four inches tall you put it in a flower-pot. I’ll be placing this little jewel in a 6″ – 8″ inch pot of good potting soil this weekend and watch it really take off.  

Growing fast!
Growing fast!





In the next photo, last weekend I took some bottoms cut from green onions and placed them in some potting soil in an egg carton.  Yesterday I noticed they were sprouting just like the celery.  I mist them with warm water every night and I have them sitting in front of a sunny window.

green onion scraps
green onion scraps


They grow so fast.
They grow so fast.
Little green onions in the dead of winter.
Little green onions in the dead of winter.

celery re-growth

celery re-growth

This is the last celery root I started and you can already see the green sprouting.  Can you really ever have too much celery?

I’ll post how they’re doing in a couple or three weeks.  Won’t it be great not having to add this to my grocery list in the winter time?!?!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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