Don’t Throw It, Grow It! $10.95
Author: Deborah Peterson
Storey Publishing, LLC (2008)
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 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 ginger root grows into a 3-foot, bamboo-like stalk. In some cases the transformation can happen overnight! "Don't Throw It, Grow It!" offers growing instructions for over 50 plants in four broad categories across 144 pages -- kitchen vegetables; fruits and nuts; herbs and spices; and more exotic plants from ethnic markets.
The book is enhanced with beautiful illustration and is a must-have for avid gardeners and apartment-dwellers alike. "Don't Throw It, Grow It!" will appeal both to committed recyclers and to anyone who wants to find magic in the mundane -- from parents and teachers looking to instill a sense of wonder in children, to the houseplant enthusiast seeking to create a one-of-a-kind Eden in their home.
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