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Here’s an old idea that seems to have been completely forgotten about until recently: There are several foods which you can re-grow from saved pieces and will create a whole new plant! Isn’t nature amazing?
This idea seems to be undergoing an “internet renaissance” with the resurgence of interest in homesteading, survival skills and similar pursuits. Together with seed saving techniques, you can save a lot of money on groceries this way.
Because this method is in effect a simple type of cloning, the plants you get will very very similar to the ones you grew them from. So be sure to pick the tastiest, best varieties to regrow! Purchase veggies of a super-high quality once, and continue to harvest time and time again.
Another thing to consider is that (for example) a whole garlic bulb can be re-grown from a single clove. So there is the potential for creating a whole garden from a few pieces and multiplying your yield.
We discovered a great list of 16 plants that can be re-grown. Note that each of these veggies has a specific technique that goes with re-planting it – so you will need not just the list but to read the instructions – which are provided.
Ok, here is the link (archive version) for the full list and tutorials on how to grow the veggies: http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/15/16-foods-thatll-re-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/