Starting a home garden is a rewarding way to give back to the Earth. By doing this, you allow a small step in reducing the emissions of shipping these foods between farms, warehouses, and supermarkets, but also between yourself and your local grocer. Not to mention, it is a fun hobby that can be utilized throughout the year!
It's a first instinct to chop off the stems or leaves, but they are often edible and delicious! Like many things in life, sometimes they just need a little extra care. Consider different recipes for things like carrot greens and making a delicious pesto with some herb stems, like basil!
Some people are put off by the slightly more expensive bulb, but they can actually reduce your energy expenses throughout the year! These bulbs last significantly longer than their counterparts and as a result offer less waste and production resources. They also have the benefit of not containing hazardous material like mercury.