• Posted by Califia Suntree on December 13th, 2010, 11:33 AM

    We’ve all seen artichoke stalks and cabbage flowers in fancy floral arrangements—even the occasional swiss chard. But did you know that you have houseplants-in-waiting lying around your kitchen right this very moment? Potatoes, beets, lentils, ginger root…they can all be turned into lush potted plants. Just add water. I first learned about this brilliant use of kitchen scraps from the fantastic book Don’t Throw It, Grow It!. We included a few of the book’s plant projects in Be Thrifty, and I finally have a veggie plant of my own, this adorable turnip. You are generally instructed to cut the bottom off the veggie and nestle just the top it in soil or stones. But we liked how the turnip itself looked, so we did it this way. (And the leaves have actually grown quite a bit since this pic was taken; let’s see how big it gets!) Next up is a ginger root—it’s supposed to have glorious, white, blooms that smell of Hawaii. Thrifty Christmas gift anyone?

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