Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps Paperback – May 7 2008
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“Deborah Peterson…stops at nothing to grab some strange piece of produce, seed or pit to start a plant….Lots of fun here with figs, feijoa, fruiting citrus and more for the whole family.”
Orange County Register
“I found Don't Throw It, Grow It! to be an absolutely delightful little book. I can't wait to start using as many of the suggestions as I possibly can. There were even ethnic fruits and vegetables I had never heard of - genip, anyone? Children will enjoy the magic of watching a new plant grow. This will help you brighten your living space while recycling at the same time. This is one of my favorite new books, and I just can't highly recommend it enough.”
“This clever little book from Storey -- priced right at 11 bucks in paperback --offers up suggestions for sprouting not just avocados, but also carrot tops, garbanzo beans, peanuts, jicama, lemongrass, ginger, and just about any other kind of grocery store produce… There's something so thrifty and retro about sprouting food from kitchen scraps that makes it seem just right for the times.”Garden Rant
“Here’s another way to be creative with plants: Read Don’t Throw It, Grow It! …Peterson and Selsam go way beyond the avocados and potatoes we used to root in water glasses. Besides fruits and vegetables, they include nuts, herbs, spices, and more international foods like chayote and litchi.”
From the Back Cover
Eat Your Vegetables (and plant them too!)
You can also have houseplant fun with fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices. From the common carrot to the exotic cherimoya, dozens of foods have pits, seeds, and roots waiting to be rescued from the compost bin and brought back to life on your windowsill. Planted and nurtured, the shiny pomegranate seeds left over from breakfast and the piece of neglected gingerroot in your refrigerator will grow into healthy, vigorous houseplants ― kitchen experiments in the wonder of botany.
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Not a lot of people think of decorating their houses with lentils, carrots, avocados and more! So my hat to the author(s) because really, this is a great book to have around, when you are bored and confined out of the garden in winter. The book is beautiful, well structured and an easy and fast read. And the amount of plants to choose from is amazing! The information on the plants is also strong and it really feels like the author's experience.
All in all, if you like fun experimentation with plants, this book is definitely a good choice, plus its lenght is short so it will not take too much of your time, an aspect I came to appreciate with the numbers of books I tend to buy on amazon :).
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Great simple info for seeds and 'how-to' for planting/propergating them.
Perfect book for a parent & child planting projects.
Some are the "tried & true" seeds we planted as children...beans, sweet potato, watermelon and sunflower....
I know I am going to try my hand at a few of these ideas....starting with the Kiwi seeds.