Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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.”

About.com

“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603420648
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 399,008
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Peterson, a founder of the Rare Pit & Plant Council and the editor of their newsletter The Pits for 25 years, has contributed to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Handbooks and lectured extensively on gardening with pits, among other gardening topics. Deborah is the proprietor of Landmark Landscaping and has landscaped and designed many gardens and private parks in NYC and Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1:Nitty-Gritty Growing Techniques

What Plants Need to Grow
• Getting Plants Started
• Caring for New Plants
• Dealing with Pests


Chapter 2:Plants from Common Vegetables

Bean
• Beet
• Carrot* Chickpea
• Jerusalem Artichoke
• Lentil
• Onion, Garlic, and Shallot
• Pea
• Potato
• Radish
• Summer Squash
• Sweet Potato
• Turnip


Chapter 3:Plants from Fruits and Nuts

Almond
• Avocado
• Carob
• Chinese Star Apple
• Citrus
• Date
• Feijoa
• Fig
• Kiwi
• Mango
• Papaya
• Peanut
• Pineapple
• Pomegranate
• Sapodilla


Chapter 4:Plants from Herbs and Spices

Anise
• Caraway
• Celery
• Coriander
• Dill
• Fennel
• Fenugreek
• Mustard
• Sesame


Chapter 5:Plants from Latin America

Black Sapote
• Chayote
• Cherimoya
• Genip
• Jicama
• Malanga
• Prickly Pear *Tamarillo
• Tomatillo
• Tropical Guava


Chapter 6:Plants from Asia

Arrowhead
• Bitter Melon
• Daikon
• Ginger
• Jujube
• Lemongrass
• Litchi
• Loquat
• Name
• Persimmon
• Sugar Cane
• Tamarind
• Taro
• Water Chestnut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Very informative

    Before I got this book, produce seeds ended up in trash... Now I am inspired to plant the seeds... The plants that sprout are very unique in house plants... Recommend to everyone..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2011

    get it!

    if you are even just a starter like my self this is perfect for simple kitchen money saving tips. learning how to extend what you already have in your cupboard or fridge.
    must read adn remember..."BUY TWO"!!

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