Session 4: Worms and Wellies
Much of our food comes from plants. We eat food from plants in many different forms like fresh, tinned, dried and frozen. Some food from plants are used to make other food for us to enjoy, such as wheat which is then made into bread.
Have a look at the food in your kitchen or supermarket. Which foods were grown in the ground on a farm, in an orchard or even in a jungle?
Here is a mini quiz for you and your family to take to test your own knowledge.
Did you know you can grow food from your own (or your neighbours!) kitchen scraps that you would normally throw away?
Here is a list of some scraps you can have a go at growing at home with your family.
All you need is some good soil or compost and some recycled yoghurt pots to grow scraps in.
Use the chart below to find out how to re-grow some fruit and vegetables from the kitchen scraps you have left over.
|Food scrap||Method to re-grow|
|Lettuce||Put the end of the lettuce in a bowl with water at the bottom of the lettuce. After a few days you will notice roots growing at the end of the lettuce. This means it’s time to plant it in some soil.|
|Celery||Put the end in a bowl with some warm water in direct sunlight and after a few days you will notice roots growing. This means it’s time to plant it in some soil.|
|Potato||Use potato peelings that have grown eyes on them, leave the scrap to dry overnight, then plant it 10cm deep straight into soil, making sure the eye is facing upwards when planting in soil.|
|Pineapple||Cut off the prickly top and place it on a plate with some water. Move the pineapple top into the sunlight. After a week you will notice roots. Now plant it in some soil.|
|Onion||Use the root of the onion you cut off. Lightly cover the root in soil.|
|Tomato||Rinse the seeds and leave them to dry. Plant them in soil until you notice new shoots.|
|Cherries||Clean the pit seed in the middle, pack it in soil, put it in a lidded container in your fridge for 12 weeks then plant it outdoors.|
Growing cress is easy – have a go at these cress egg heads.
After seven days you will have a crop of cress you can use in this recipe for a tasty sandwich filling.
Challenge for Grown-ups
Growing fruit and vegetables at home is a great way to encourage children to learn about where their food comes from.
Your child will love sowing seeds, watering young plants and eating the food they have helped to grow.
Take a look at this helpful BBC easy crops kids can grow guide (opens in a new window)
Can you be a zero-waste home?
Zero waste cooking means leaving nothing behind, so using every part of vegetables and fruit and meat.
Some ingredients might not be used to cook but might be used to compost, for animals or for other dishes.
Try and make a weekly shopping list with reducing food waste in mind. Think of batch cooking or how you could re-use leftovers.