How to Grow Things from Scraps

How to Grow Things..and more!

  1. How to Grow Things from Your Scraps
  2. Be my Sweet Potato Valentine- Veggie Art
  3. “The Freak Tomatoes Come Out at Night”
  4. The lost art of cooking A.K.A a generation of picky eaters


1. How to Grow Things from Your Carleton Place Farmer’s Market Kitchen Scraps.

Food is expensive. If you do the grocery shopping for your household, you know that this is one of the highest costs related to your home and family. While it may be unlikely that you can completely eliminate your grocery bill, you can grow certain foods yourself. And, you can grow them from scraps that you would normally throw away. So think before you throw anything away from what you bought at the Farmer’s Market!

10. Garlic - 25 Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself from Kitchen ScrapsGarlic is really easy to grow and can be done from just one clove. When you buy garlic, you get several cloves so just pull one off and plant it with the roots facing down in potting soil. Garlic likes plenty of direct sunlight so in warmer weather, keep it outdoors in the sun during the day. Once you notice that new shoots have established, cut the shoots back and your plant will produce a bulb. You can take part of this new bulb and plant again.

11. Onions - 25 Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself from Kitchen ScrapsOnions are very easy to grow indoors or out. You just have to cut the root of the onion off and make sure that you leave about a half an inch of onion when you do. Cover lightly with potting soil and keep in a sunny area. For green onions, simply put the white base with the roots intact in a container of water and place in direct sunlight. Change the water out every few days and the green will continue to grow. Just snip what you need and allow it to grow as long as you like.

14. Peppers - 25 Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself from Kitchen ScrapsYou can grow a number of hot peppers from the seeds that are leftover. Just collect the seeds from your habaneros, jalapenos or any other peppers that you have on hand. Plant them in potting soil and keep in direct sunlight unless it is warm outside and then you can just plant them in your garden area. Peppers grow relatively fast and don’t require a lot of care. Once you get a new crop, just save some of the seeds for replanting again.

16. Tomatoes - 25 Foods You Can Re-Grow Yourself from Kitchen ScrapsTomatoes can be grown just by saving those seeds that you probably throw out anyway. You just have to rinse the seeds and allow them to dry. Plant in a good, rich potting soil until you notice growth coming in. Allow the seeds to get a few inches high before transplanting them outdoors. During cold weather you can grow your tomatoes indoors. Just remember to keep them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight and water a few times each week.

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2. Be my Sweet Potato Valentine- Veggie Art



When I finally pulled it out and cut it open, you could hear my screams all the way to Alaska. There, on the flowered plate, laid a steaming-hot potato in the shape of a perfect heart smiling back at me.
Was it a sign, a message from a higher power — or was it just a beautiful freak of nature? A friend suggested I sell it on eBay.

Don’t laugh: In 2004, Diana Duyser sold for $28,000 a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that she claimed bore the image of the Virgin Mother. Ten years earlier she had taken a bite from the sandwich and saw a face staring back at her. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand, and — Praise Be God! — that the sandwich never sprouted a single spore of mold.

“I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother of God on that sandwich,” Diana insisted at that time.

Duyser’s auction was initially pulled by eBay for but restored after she convinced them she could delivered the pious goods. The winning bid went to which spent “as much as it took” to own the crusty piece to its pop culture trove that includes a David Beckham missed penalty kick ball and William Shatner’s kidney stone.

Now, I could use some extra cash. As I looked at my sweet, sweet sweet potato, I wondered if I too should take a chance and put it up for sale on eBay. Could I cash in on this spud of a Valentine?

I thought long and hard, scanned for any overlooked signs of a potato Jesus, then grabbed for my fork and knife.

I did what I thought was the best possible solution for all: I ate it!

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3. “The Freak Tomatoes Come Out at Night” Carleton Place Farmer’s Market

Written in 2015


These tomatoes below might have needed a wee bit of antidepressants or some therapy.


So what happened to them?

Both plants and animals produce a neurotransmitter known as GABA, which stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid. This acid is primarily produced when the organism is under stress: when it’s hungry, or scared, or exposed to pathogens or (in the case of plants) acidity or salinity.

What has only been suggested up until now is that the presence of this acid acts as a signal to tell the plant to behave in a certain way. That’s changed now. According to the authors of the ARC study, “We’ve discovered that plants bind GABA in a similar way to animals, resulting in electrical signals that ultimately regulate plant growth when a plant is exposed to a stressful environment.”

Say you’re growing tomatoes and some grow in a small portion of acidic soil. This bad soil will freak out the tomato plants, which will produce GABA. The GABA will tell the plant that times are bad and cause it to, say, grow very small, grow a small tail, or or produce fewer fruits.

As for the freaky tomatoes— we just have an odd crew trying to be different… Nothing wrong with that..:)

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4. The lost art of cooking A.K.A a generation of picky eaters

By  Chef Dr. Dusty Pettes from Carleton Place


Do picky children become adults with infantilized palates whose restricted tastes will make for a duller culinary world?


Hang on a second while I grab my stepstool I am about to climb onto my soap box………

Being picky is now being taught, are parents to blame?, is it the restaurant and the competitive marketplace that make businesses  bend over for picky and choosy eaters who believe they can change the menu options to suit their liking, is society to blame for creating a generation of entitled assholes….

For a generation, many North American parents have indulged children’s picky eating tendencies by sticking them in an endlessly repeating loop of chicken fingers, burgers, pizza, plain pasta, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Anyone who has sat down for a meal with youngsters over the past 25 years will recognize this list of typical “kids’ foods.” Pushed out of the picture, to varying degrees for different children, are fruits and vegetables and anything else that might challenge them, from spicy delicacies to unfamiliar proteins.

I feel that the less meals that are cooked at home and  the meals that consist of microwaveable pre-cooked crap the more likely that a person grows up no knowing how to cook anything more than the simplest of items. It is a shame and I believe that makes the masses become more lazy with their food choices and thus in turn more picky when dining out.

Mealtimes for children were quite different just a few decades ago. As a general rule, people who grew up in North America and are now over the age of 30 recall that when they were children, kids ate what the adults ate. Families usually dined together at the table. There might have been foods you didn’t like; depending on the rules of the house you might have been expected to try them or even finish them.

With the advent of countless convenience and snack foods, from pre-cut fruit that won’t spoil, chicken nuggets pressed into “fun” shapes and food items changed into more suitable colors to foods kids could assemble themselves,  have helped transform the landscape of how food was perceived and help kill the traditional family dinner  even grocery stores have increasingly sold meals that resembled fast food many of them portable and/or frozen and have ready to go hot  dinners.

The war has not been lost, we can change the way we perceive foods as a whole. A few pieces of advice I read are:

Sit with children and serve them the same meal you get. Serve them challenging foods and encourage them to eat, but don’t force them. Fighting about it can create negative associations for that food. Listen to kids’ ideas about what they want to eat, but don’t turn the menu into a point of negotiation once dinner has been decided upon. Involving children in food preparation sharpens their appetites, so involve them whenever possible in grocery shopping and gardening, and let them watch you cook!

Thanks for reading but…

Enough of my opinion, Jamie Oliver called and he wants his rant back!!



my little bakers assistant helping me kneed the dough


in action with her first ever homemade bread dough.