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.
It lets you know what spices and nuts can be sprouted as seeds, what fruits and vegetables will grow from cuttings, and what to expect in terms of a harvest. (A mango might be fun to grow in a windowsill, but don’t expect fruit right away.) For kids, this is an endless source of science projects. (And by the way, although this graphic says that it contains 59 windowsill plants, the copy I have in my hand has the number 68 on the cover. That’s publishing for you.)
There’s something so thrifty and retro about sprouting food from
kitchen scraps that makes it seem just right for the times. Like, wow,
I don’t even have to go buy seeds — I can just plant my trash!
I try not to worry too much about the economy, but I gotta say — this
is kind of a nice backup plan to have. If we can figure out how to
start new chickens from eggshells and sprout new bottles of gin from
the bottle caps, we might really have something.
Cute, cute, cute. Check it out. Available here: Don’t Throw It, Grow It or wherever books are sold.