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Don't Throw It, Grow It! by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam

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Don't Throw It, Grow It! is a delightful little book that will show you how to create new houseplants from produce and herbs/spices. Have you ever tried growing an avocado pit in a jar of water? Found a long forgotten potato that had baby potatoes on the new roots? Wanted to get your children involved in gardening? Interested in being more environmentally friendly? Then this is a perfect book to read.

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  • Great way to get new houseplants while recycling
  • Fun for kids
  • Covers 68 different plants


  • Some people might like real photographs, but the illustrations are great.


  • Written by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam
  • 153 pages
  • Storey Publishing

Guide Review - Don't Throw It, Grow It! by Deborah Peterson & Millicent Selsam

There is a huge focus on environmentalism these days. Don't Throw It, Grow It! is a marvelous little book about recycling your kitchen produce waste into new houseplants. You throw out less trash, and also gain new houseplants that will freshen your air as well as adding beauty. It's also a great little manual for kitchen experiments that children will love.

The authors start with the basic methods you will be using to grow your new plants. They cover starting techniques and requirements, as well as pests that may be encountered.

The real fun begins as the authors explore 68 different plants that you could grow. The different sections are:

  • Plants from common vegetables
  • Plants from fruits and nuts
  • Plants from herbs and spices
  • Plants from Latin America
  • Plants from Asia

Each profile has an illustration of the fruit and/or resulting plant, plant type, growth rate, method of propagation, light requirements, details of the plant's origin, and how to grow them. Some also have eating suggestions.

I found Don't Throw It, Grow It! to be an absolutely delightful little book. I can't wait to start using as many of the suggestions as I possibly can. There were even ethnic fruits and vegetables I had never heard of - genip, anyone? Children will enjoy the magic of watching a new plant grow. This will help you brighten your living space while recycling at the same time. This is one of my favorite new books, and I just can't highly recommend it enough.

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