Congratulations Valerie of California! You’ll enjoy this one!
Did you ever take a look at the houseplant potential in your refrigerator? No, I’m not talking about that old potato salad you forgot about. I’m talking about all the seeds, pits, and roots most of us chop off and throw away. The new book Don’t Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps by Deborah Peterson and Millicent Selsam makes recycling from your cooking leftovers fun. Possibilities are listed in a creative and easy-to-reference format with one plant per chapter. Readers are given growth rates, methods of planting, and how-to’s interspersed with cool stylized drawings of the plants and their parts. Whether you want to do the more popular avocado tree or potato plant, or you’d like to try your green thumb at exotics like ginger root or lemongrass, this book is a great way to get the entire family involved in kitchen greenery. Grow a little food, grow some herbs, and add the natural air-cleaning power of plants to the house.
I recommend Don’t Throw It, Grow It! because by growing these plants on your own, you can even introduce yourself (or the kids) to herbalism. Nine different herbs are included in the book, plus many other plants that are highly regarded for their medicinal properties. By growing the plants yourself, you become so much more acquainted with them than if you just bought them at the store. You feel a kinship, if you will, with plants we normally just associate with serving for dinner. And of course after you’ve grown them, some of them can be cooked with. I started growing my own herbs indoors this past year and it’s been a great experience for me. Now I’m digging through my fridge and cupboards looking for more possible houseplants!
Storey Publishing is giving away one copy of Don’t Throw it, Grow it! to one of you. If you win, make sure to email us pictures of your flourishing indoor jungle!
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