Got any overripe tomatoes on your fridge? Don’t throw them away! Instead, turn them into seedlings and grow completely fresh berries in just a small number of days. In this video, The Wannabe Homesteader teaches us how to grow tomatoes using just a pot, some dirt, 1 tomato… and, of course, the help of Mother Nature.
First, cut a tomato quarter-inch thick. Throw the pieces (in this case, four) onto a pot of compost. Then, throw potting dirt or mulch within the tomatoes until they’re hardly covered. Water the pot sporadically. In 7-14 days, you must end up with 50-60 tomato seedlings. You can then extract the larger seedlings and plant them into a different kettle, two plants per pot.
According to Yale Environment 360, every year, 30 to 40 percent of what’s grown and raised in the United States is thrown away or rots between kitchens and farms. That’s a startling 133 billion pounds of food! This seedling technique appears almost too easy, but looks like it works like an absolute charm. I’m always left with at least one overripe tomato, and now I have the ideal means to give it new life.