Spring Garden Tips
Kitchen Scrap Gardening

Have a bit of fun and stretch your gardening muscles with kitchen scrap gardening.

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kitchen scrap gardeningTake a look in the pantry for a bit of inspiration and free resources. Those baking potatoes and sweet potatoes starting to sprout are a good source of gardening fun.

The irish potatoes are tubers and the sprouts or eyes are the beginning of new plants. Cut the potato into several pieces with one or two eyes per section. Plant the potato in a well-drained potting mix.

Sweet potatoes are tuberous roots with the new growth coming from buds (eyes) at the top of the fleshy root. Plant the whole tuberous root or just the top few inches with the growing point intact in a well-drained potting mix.

Keep the potting mix moist for both baking and sweet potatoes. Once rooted, grow in a sunny window and water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Then wait for the leaves to appear.

A bit more information: Once your sweet potato starts to grow you can take cuttings and start new plants. Remove 3 to 4 inch pieces of the stem. Remove the lowest leaf and stick the cut end in a well-drained potting mix. Place cuttings in a warm bright location and keep the potting mix moist. Once rooted, move to a sunny window and water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist.

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