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Viral planting hack reveals clever tips for kitchen scraps

Lisa Walden
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From House Beautiful

Want to grow your own vegetables but not quite sure where to start? A new viral hack reveals how leftover food items can be used to grow new produce - and it's incredibly clever.

The short Instagram video shared via Blossom - which has had over 7.6 million views - shows how cherry pips, pepper seeds, ginger root and an old potato can be replanted to grow into something new.

It shows how kitchen scraps that would otherwise be thrown away can be sustainably repurposed to cut back on waste.

Get clued up on the must-have tips below and you'll easily find use for leftover kitchen waste.

  1. Reusing an old ginger root
    Do you have some unused ginger lying around in your kitchen? Why not break off a small part of the root and pop into soil to watch it grow. Water lots and keep in a sunny area.



  2. Old potato
    Many of us cut off the 'eyes' growing on potatoes before we eat them. These are simply the growing points on the vegetable and can be cleverly used to grow new ones. Instead of cutting them off and placing in the bin, pop them in a plant pot instead. Be amazed as tiny new potatoes begin to grow.



  3. Squash seeds
    When you cut open a squash before cooking, the seeds are usually placed straight into the bin. But this clever hack shows that there is use for them after all. Cut a small hole into the top of your squash and scoop out the many seeds inside. Then, gently wash and pop into a hollow egg shell filled with soil. Place outside under the warmth of the sun and watch as you'll see another squash grow.

    Photo credit: Bong Hyunjung - Getty Images


  4. Cherry pips
    Use a straw to poke out the pips from inside the cherry. Again, place into a hollow egg, cover with soil and place in the ground.



  5. Pepper seeds
    Cut around the top of a green, yellow or red pepper and tap the seeds off into a plant pot. Keep them in a hollow egg cup and then place into the soil after around 6-8 weeks. Watch as new peppers grow in your garden at home.

Watch the short video clip below:



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