Re-growing vegetables and some tips on being more frugal

So, I thought today I’d share something I only just learned about recently and that is growing new plants out of old. What do I mean? Well, I recently found this book languishing on my book shelf. I had forgotten I’d purchased it. I can’t even remember where I got it from, but it’s a useful little book. I’m sure someone told me you could grow new veg out of carrot tops etc years ago, but I’d forgotten all about it. I read about it in My Zero Waste Kitchen and thought I’d give it a go. My chickens love lettuce, so I sliced the bottom off one and stuck it in water. For a couple of days, nothing appeared to be happening and then this occurred:

And within a few days it was like this:

So now all I have to do is plant it in some soil and hopefully it will root and grow. It’s actually been one of the most exciting things to have happened here this week! 🙂

What else has been happening? Well, after months of online shopping from Morrison’s, which, let’s face it, isn’t the cheapest shop around, I actually left the house and went to Aldi. What a difference in price and the food is good there. Also treated myself to some flowers – tulips, which are my favourite flowers next to peonies.

Talking of peonies, I have some peony seeds to sow in the garden this year…when I have five minutes to actually do any gardening that is. I love peonies. I’ve also got a mixed pack of flowers, which I will sow this week so that there’s plenty of nectar for the bees. The flowers should survive this year as the chickens are now confined to a covered run. Last year, nothing could get established as the girls just love baby plants.

My tulips – not a frugal buy, but a treat.

Okay, so to finish up today, I thought I’d share with you some frugal tips.

Tip one: take them out of their packaging and place in your own for a longer shelf life.
This makes sense – your herbs won’t dry out.
Make sure this in uncooked veg, but be warned they might attract rats – that’s what happened in my garden when I did this. Now I only compost garden waste.
A delicious way to use up old carrots. Get a recipe from the internet, there’s loads of them.
Mashed potato in soup thickens it and adds texture. Don’t fancy putting it in soup? Make potato (or tattie) scones, a favourite Scottish dish. Recipe online.

Right, that’s me for this week. I’ll see you again very soon.