Sunday, April 09, 2006

 

Gardening with Your Groceries and Your Garbage!

Here's something I never thought of until I read it on About.com, but I went duh! when I read it. Fresh fruits and vegetables that you get fom the grocery store have seeds, why not plant them? It'll save the money of buying seeds and starter plants, and even if it doesn't work, you've still gotten the benefit of eating the food so your money wasn't wasted.

The articles I read are full of ideas about what you can plant from your grocery and garbage. And if you don't know how to grow something, you can always read the back of the seed package at the store for hints. You can plant the beans that come from the grocery store because beans are seeds. You can also plant whole peas, raw peanuts, popcorn, wheat berries, garlic, onions, popcorn, raw untreated spice seed (celery, anise, sesame, etc.) Peppers, tomatoes and fruits have seeds in them that will grow. Scoop the seeds from a cut tomato and save with the liquid surrounding them, or mash a whole tomato and let it set at room temperature two or three days, then rinse gently and dry for storage, or plant them right away.

Peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, and eggplant should be allowed to mature before using the seed, as the seed matures along with the vegetable.

Plant beans, peas, peanuts, etc outdoors after the last threat of frost, or plant them indoors if you want an interesting plant to liven your home. It's very cheap decorating, but they will seldom, if ever, bear fruit indoors.

As for garbage, if you've got a veggie that has started sprouting, plant it instead of tossing it. Turnip roots can be replanted indoors; so can celery roots, onion bottoms and carrot tops.



We've decided to try container gardening this summer. I'm going to for sure try tomatoes, potatoes and onions and just for kicks I'm going to start saving the seeds from our fruit and veggies to see what happens. We've decided to get this Organic Gardening Kit because you don't have to dig out a spot for a garden, the kit will work right on top of your grass. It has a barrier to keep the grass and weeds from growing into your garden. It comes with or without seeds. You can get the kit witho or without seeds and right now they will give you $20 off every order over $40. Thank you to Jane Dough for the idea.

If you'd like to read the gardening articles on About.com, the links are here and here.


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5 Comments:

Anonymous Jane Dough said...

Cool idea! Even if it does not work at least now I have an excuse for letting my veggies go bad! :)

4:30 PM  
Blogger Tiredbuthappy said...

Great tip.

Hey, don't forget to compost the inedible (and un-plantable) parts of your veggies. Free fertilizer, and a big reduction in landfill waste, too.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea but remember that many fruits and veggies are hybrids and seeds will not produce exactly what you used. It's fun tho to see what comes up.

4:17 AM  
Anonymous marcee said...

Right on, Kassy. Thanks for reminding me about that source for seeds. I'm creating square foot garden on the sunny side of my house. It'll be fun to see what I can do with the grocery store/garbage seeds!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous contrary1 said...

I'm trying to garden on the cheap this year too, just planted the squash seed I had saved from the holiday meals. I've got to quit peeking at them.........I want to see green shoots already!!! :)

5:37 PM  

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