It's amazing what you can grow from scraps, writes Ella Walker.

You don't need to have an allotment to grow your own veg. In fact, you

don't need seeds, a plot of earth, or even a nearby garden centre to do


All you need is some scraps and leftovers from your weekly food shop,

and a sunny kitchen windowsill you can regrow them on. It will save you

money on fresh veggies, add pep to home-cooked meals, and make you feel

incredibly smug when friends come over and you can say, 'Oh, I'll just

snip some fresh salad leaves for supper.'

Here are a few places to start:

1. Avocado

Instead of chucking avocado stones straight in the bin, use toothpicks

to suspend a stone in enough water to cover the bottom inch. Give it six

weeks in a warm spot, regularly topping up the water, and you should see

a stem and root system forming. Once leaves start to appear, you can pot

or plant your avocado, and hopefully, in time, grow a whole load more.

Then all you'll need is copious amounts of toast and hot sriracha sauce.

2. Salad leaves

Turns out there really is a way to avoid bags of rotting salad leaves in

the fridge. Just put wilting lettuce leaves in water, mist them with

more water over the next couple of days, and tiny roots should start

appearing. Next, pop them in soil and wait for the leaves to multiply -

then you'll have fresh salad to keep on harvesting.

3. Garlic

Growing your own garlic is a doddle - all you do is put one clove, root

down, in a pot of soil, water and leave it in the sun. Once you have new

growth, cut it back and you'll be rewarded with a whole bulb. And

nothing beats homemade garlic bread.

4. Onions

Slicing onions? Keep the root ends - with around half an inch of onion

flesh still attached - and pot up with soil. The root will grow, and

you'll also get edible green leaves sprouting out the top.

5. Pak choi

Much like salad leaves, pak choi leftovers can be inserted into water

and left to re-sprout - which is handy, as it can be a fairly pricey

veggie if stir fry is a regular at your house.

6. Potatoes

Peeling potatoes is a total chore, but next time you're prepping mash,

save some peelings - they'll need to have eyes intact if this is going

to work. Dry them out on kitchen paper and then stick them several

inches deep in soil (in a sturdy grow bag would be ideal). Water

regularly and wait for your very own potato plant to appear.

7. Lemongrass

Delicious in stir fries and curries, lemongrass can be hard to find in

the supermarket, and when you do snag some, it's easy to only use a

little bit while the rest irritatingly turns to mush before you get

round to finishing it off. So, next time you do stumble upon some, use

what you need and then pop the rest in a glass filled with enough water

to cover the base of the stalks. Roots will grow within a week, and you

can transplant them into a pot - you'll never run short of lemongrass