Tuesday 10/08/21 – Science

Learning Goal: I can experiment with using vegetable scraps to grow new vegetables.

First, did you know each year in Australia we waste around 7.3 million tonnes of food? This means one out of every five bags of groceries brought home is thrown away.

Besides not over buying, and making sure we use all we buy, there is one other way to reduce food waste. We can use the scraps from our vegetables to grow new vegetables.

Next, choose one, or more, of the vegetables from the list below and experiment with regrowing them from scraps:

Cos Lettuce

Cos Lettuce

Spring Onions

Spring Onions



Carrot Greens

Fennel Fennel

Then, track the growth of your growing experiment. Also, once you get some successful regrowth, you may want to experiment with recipes with your freshly grown vegetables.

Finally, here is a list of plants you can grow from scraps. You might want to continue to experiment:

  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Onions, Garlic, Leeks and Shallots
  • Celery
  • Bulb Fennel
  • Carrots, Turnips, Parsnips, Beets and Other Root Crops
  • Lettuce, Bok Choy and Other Leafy Greens
  • Cabbages
  • Basil, Mint, Cilantro & Other Herbs

Don’t forget to share images of your investigations with your classroom teacher.

Also check out the MPPS Science blog . There is a page there titled ‘Grow a Windowsill Garden – From Scraps‘. There is also a page full of fascinating time lapse videos of different fruits and vegetables growing.

You will also find news, information, amazing clips and family activities from last year’s theme The Ocean.

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