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Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps Paperback – May 7 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (May 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603420649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603420648
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”

Philadelphia Inquirer


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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One thing I'll get out of the way right away : Don't misread the cover like me and think : "Here's a book who will help me grow FOOD inside". No. It's a book to grow PLANTS inside (a couple can be grown for food, but don't buy this book for that). That's really my only problem with the book but then, I do get ahead of myself and think of all the wonderful and useful things I can grow and eat! You won't get a new carrot from a carrot top, I'm just saying. But you will get very interesting foliage for a table's centerpiece (for example).

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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Easy and fun thing to do with your family. Great alternative to throwing out the seeds, which often happens with the larger ones since they don't decompose very easily (or at all) in the composter. Recommend.
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Great starter guide for people becoming more interested at home growing/self-efficiency.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas! June 13 2016
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Simple ideas to have houseplants from things in your fridge! Love this little book! Received it in a timely manner, & in great condition.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars June 2 2016
By Dakini Jun - Published on
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Half of my houseplants are from discarded produce. This book has given me even more ideas.
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeds aplenty Sept. 8 2008
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The instructions in this book are simple, the writing is easy to read and it introduces us to exotic plants we may never have thought of growing. Good planting instructions and suggestions on where to purchase seeds help the home gardener immensely. I can't wait to try them all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plant Propagation Made Easy and Fun Dec 7 2008
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Wish I could remember who told me about this delightful book so I could thank them directly. Essentially a manual of plant propagation for some of the more unusual edibles out there, this book is sweet, delightful, fun and effective. I have a successful pineapple-crown start thanks to this book, after trying and failing using other instructions in the past. Very well-written and highly recommended to anyone interested in edible gardening or self-sufficiency.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grow - It March 8 2010
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Great little book, perfect for children & young or the new to planting seeds....
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.