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

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Storey Publishing, 2008 - Gardening - 153 pages
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Magic and wonder hide in unexpected places a leftover piece of ginger, a wrinkled potato left too long in its bag, a humdrum kitchen spice rack. In Don't Throw It, Grow It! Deborah Peterson reveals the hidden possibilities in everyday foods.

Peterson, former president of the American Pit Gardening Society, shows how common kitchen staples pits, nuts, beans, seeds, and tubers can be coaxed into lush, vibrant houseplants that are as attractive as they are fascinating. With Peterson's help, a sweet potato turns into a blooming vine; chickpeas transform into cheery hanging baskets; the humble beet becomes a dramatic centerpiece; and gingerroot grows into a 3-foot, bamboo-like stalk. In some cases the transformation happens overnight!

Don't Throw It, Grow It! offers growing instructions for 68 plants in four broad categories vegetables; fruits and nuts; herbs and spices; and more exotic plants from ethnic markets. The book is enhanced with beautiful illustrations, and its at-a-glance format makes it a quick and easy reference. Best of all, every featured plant can be grown in a kitchen, making this handy guide a must-have for avid gardeners and apartment-dwellers alike.

 

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User Review  - paperloverevolution - LibraryThing

This would be great for indoor gardeners looking for interesting houseplants, and it gives a good introduction to seed-saving. If you have limited space, a limited budget to spend on gardening ... Read full review

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User Review  - msfinelady - Overstock.com

A good book. Gives information about growing plants from the scraps you would normally throw away like fruit seeds pineapple parts etc. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1 nittygritty growing techniques
1
CHAPTER 2 plants from common vegetables
19
CHAPTER 3 plants from fruits and nuts
43
CHAPTER 4 plants from herbs and spices
77
CHAPTER 5 plants from latin america
95
CHAPTER 6 plants from asia
121
INDEX
151
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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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