Making Your Organic Budget Stretch

We now know that purchasing organic produce is the healthier choice, but are you still on the fence that there’s value in buying organic produce? After reading this article, you’ll have found the solutions to get more from your organic produce purchase, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your food is pesticide-free. Now you can make your organic budget stretch much further!

We have found up to 25 organic plants that can be regrown – yes, kitchen scraps that would have previously gone into the trash or out to the composting bin now have a chance to start again. You’ll be thrilled to learn that using the base of unused bok choi, romaine lettuce, cabbage, and celery; the top of a carrot; an avocado seed; a potato eye;  the root base of leeks, scallions, spring onions, lemongrass or fennel; you can regrow your organic produce and benefit from maximum produce yields. You’ll have an instant indoor micro-garden that you can relocate to your patio! You’ll be amazed to see what can grow in a short period of time.

Now you can use this authentic personal farm-to-table process: growing organic vegetables using your organic food scraps in water (hydroponically)!

shutterstock_38334091 Buying fresh produce can lead to a substantial amount of expenditures.

Encourage your children or students, challenge your workmates and impress your guests by becoming a master scrap grower in your home and community. Inspire others to grow their own organic vegetables and make their organic budgets stretch.

To support your community (Community Supported Agriculture) find a local farmer’s market or grocery store that carries local and organic produce.

Take the leftover roots and place them in a container with a small amount of waterThe roots should be wet but not submergedPlace the container in or near a sunny windowWithin 3-5 days you’ll begin to see new growthRemove produce as you need, leaving the roots in the water. Continue to harvest your kitchen scrapsRefresh water weekly to keep the plant healthy

When clothes shopping, my strategy is cost per wear. If I can’t value what I’m purchasing at a low cost per wear – I don’t buy it. What value do we put on our health – especially if there’s a solution right in front of you, yet it’s being thrown in the trash or out to the compost? If you’re regrowing and eating that organic produce that you’ve purchased once, or multiple times, you’re making your cost per organic selection much lower.

Done right, budgeting and regrowing can hatch you a ton of savings.

Enjoy organic produce over and over again by choosing these healthy and easy-to-grow vegetables:

AvocadoCarrotCitrus/appleGarlic/gingerPineapplePotatoSweet potatoLeeks, scallions, spring onions and fennelLemongrassCelery, bok choi, romaine lettuce & cabbageOnionsMushroom      

You can also regrow herbs and spices such as:

Whole seed spices like coriander or mustard seedSeeds from fruits and vegetables like potatoes, green peppers, or applesSnack food seeds like popcorn or nutsFresh herbs and spices like garlic or ginger root

Though it’s unlikely that we can eliminate our organic grocery costs, we can certainly minimize them and make our organic dollar stretch by regrowing these scraps that we’d normally throw out or compost. It’s like having  an unlimited supply of organic produce at our finger tips – not to mention it’s fun and simple.

PowerHouse Hydroponics connects you with content and media that teaches you how to build your own hydroponic systems or find automated systems that fit your lifestyle, and what the latest in hydroponic technology and research is producing all over the world.

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