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7 Foods You Can Grow Yourself

Growing your own plants and veggies can save you from the hassles of spending money on groceries every now and then. It also assures that you’ll always have fresh produce along with the feeling of pride, knowing you’ve cultivated your own food. 5-Minute Crafts is highlighting the easiest ways to grow essential foods like tomatoes, oranges, mushrooms, and more by your own means.

Things you’ll need for every hack

  1. Soil
  2. Water
  3. An open garden or flower pots
  4. Natural fertilizer

How to make fertilizer

Homemade fertilizers can enhance soil texture and bacterial and fungal activity, as well as retain water in the soil for a longer time.

Things you’ll need:

  • Banana peels
  • Coffee
  • Eggshells
  • Mixer/grinder

Steps:

  1. Put banana peels in a grinder.
  2. Add one cup of ground coffee powder.
  3. Add a few eggshells.
  4. Grind the mixture together.
  5. Add the natural fertilizer to any plant, dull or active.
  6. Watch your plant bloom.

Things you’ll need:

  • 1 egg
  • A bowl

Steps:

  1. Carefully crack an egg at the top, making sure not to let the cracks spread downward.
  2. Empty out the egg’s contents in a bowl.
  3. Fill the eggshell with soil.
  4. Add any seed of a plant that you want to grow. Water it and let the plant grow.
  1. Once the saplings grow, you can transfer it, along with the egg, to the soil by crushing the egg along with the soil.
  • Please note: Ensure that you crush the egg carefully as not to destroy the roots or the plant itself.
  1. Then sow the entire mixture in your garden or the ground.
  2. Water the plant regularly.
  3. A full-fledged plant will eventually be ready for you.

Things you’ll need:

  • Vegetable waste like peels, leftovers, unused parts, etc.
  • Mixer/grinder

Steps:

  1. Put all the vegetable peels, waste, etc. in a bowl.
  2. Grind them well to make a paste.
  3. Pour them onto the soil.

What you can grow at home

Things you’ll need:

  • An orange

Method:

  1. Open an orange from the inside.
  2. Take its seeds out.
  3. Sow them in the soil and keep watering it regularly.
  • Please note: It should be planted in a sunny, wind-protected area.
  1. Depending on the climate conditions and if the proper procedure was carried out, it may take up to 6 to 8 months to ripen.

Things you’ll need:

  • Some raspberries
  • A sieve

Steps:

  1. Take a few raspberries in a sieve and mash them finely with a spoon.
  2. Wash the seeds in the sieve.
  3. Keep running water inside the sieve until all the mush vanishes and nothing but the seeds are left inside.
  4. When the seeds are dry, sow them in the soil.
  • Raspberries grow best in either sunny or partially shaded spots. The more sunlight they get, the more fruit will grow.
  • The planting spot must have rich, well-drained soil, immense air circulation, and should be away from the wind.
  • Don’t choose a wet or windy spot as raspberries can’t live in water or they can completely dry out.
  1. Water the plant regularly.
  2. Your raspberry plant will be fully grown in 2 weeks when it’s early summer.

Things you’ll need:

  • A pineapple

Steps:

  1. Separate the crown of the pineapple by twisting the fruit.
  2. Tear away the leaves from the stalk so that it exposes the base, and let it dry for a few days.
  3. Keep the crown in a glass of water, making sure that the roots are submerged.
  4. In a few days, you’ll be able to see the roots growing from the crown.
  5. Remove the crown from the glass and shift it to a pot filled with soil. Water it daily.
  • Pineapples don’t grow in freezing temperatures as it is a tropical plant. If you live in colder regions, you may want to divide its time between your house and your garden.
  • The plant needs at least 6 hours of bright light, daily.
  • You can also keep the plant indoors by using proper fluorescent light tubes. Keep it under the light for 12 to 14 hours, daily.
  1. Your pineapple plant will be fully grown in 6-7 months.

Things you’ll need:

  • Mushrooms
  • A grinder/blender

Steps:

  1. Put a few mushrooms in a mixer.
  2. Blend them until it becomes a paste.
  3. Pour them on the soil.
  • Please note: Mushrooms grow best in dark, cool, and humid environments. You can also plant them outdoors but ensure that the spot doesn’t face direct sunlight.
  1. The mushrooms will be fully grown in 3-6 weeks.

5. Tomatoes

Things you’ll need:

  • A sponge
  • A cutter/knife
  • Dried tomato seeds

Steps:

  1. Make horizontal cuts halfway through a piece of a sponge.
  2. Gather a few dried tomato seeds.
  3. Put the tomato seeds inside the cuts you made in the sponge.
  4. Spray water on the sponge. Keep it in a sunny spot.
  5. Wait for a few days until the saplings begin to grow out from the sponge.
  6. Plant it inside some soil and your full-fledged tomato plant will be ready in 2-3 months.
  • Please note: Whether you plant it in the house or in the garden, make sure that the spot has maximum sun exposure.

Things you’ll need:

  • A tomato
  • A knife

Steps:

  1. Slice a tomato.
  2. Put the slices on the soil.
  3. Add another layer of soil over the tomato slices.
  4. Water it regularly and keep it in the sunniest spot.
  5. Wait till the saplings are grown, as is shown in the image above. Then plant these saplings in an open garden or a pot.
  6. Your tomato plant will be ready in 2-3 months.
  • Please note: Whether you plant it in your house or in the garden, make sure that the spot has maximum sun exposure.

6. Bell peppers

Things you’ll need:

  • A bell pepper

Steps:

  1. Cut bell pepper in half.
  2. Segregate the seeds in their separate compartments as displayed.
  3. Put the bell pepper inside the soil.
  4. Put another layer of soil over the bell pepper.
  5. Water it regularly. It’s best to plant the seeds outdoors.
  • Please note: Bell peppers grow best in sunlight. The soil must be rich in organic matter.
  • Ensure that you don’t plant it in a spot where you may have grown other plants recently. This is done to keep diseases away.
  1. Your bell pepper plant will be fully grown in 2-3 months.

Things you’ll need:

  • A bell pepper
  • A bowl

Steps:

  1. Cut some bell pepper into large pieces.
  2. Remove its seeds in a small bowl.
  3. Add those seeds to the eggshell fertilizer.
  4. Water it regularly.
  5. Wait until a sapling grows out from the egg. Crush the eggshell carefully without harming the sapling or the roots and plant them in an open garden or pot.
  • Please note: Bell peppers grow best in sunlight. The soil must be rich in organic matter.
  • Ensure that you don’t plant it in a spot where you may have grown other plants recently. This is done to keep diseases away.
  1. Your bell pepper plant will be ready in 2-3 months.

Things you’ll need:

  • A cucumber sapling
  • A watermelon sapling
  • A razor or cutter
  • A cloth clip

Steps:

  1. Plant the cucumber and watermelon saplings together in the same pot, close to each other.
  2. Make a slight cut on the cucumber stem, as is shown in the image above.
  3. Cut a slit on the watermelon stem as well, as is shown in the picture.
  • Please note: Ensure that the cuts of the saplings face each other.
  1. The slits should appear as they do in the image.
  1. Place the slits as directed in the image above.
  2. Hold them together by clipping them with a cloth clip. Water the plant frequently.
  1. Your cucamelon will be ready in 2-3 months.
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