Grow Your Own

21 Jul

Not just tomatoes and bell peppers. Not just typical kitchen herbs or even tangerines. Why not try growing olive trees, coffee bushes, black pepper, kiwi or papaya trees? Library staff has had success so far with 8 different fruits and vegetables, just from kitchen scraps. The easiest? Pineapples and green onions.

Don’t throw it, grow it! 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps (635 P485.3d), by Deborah Peterson, tells you how to harvest and save seeds from what you use in the kitchen. She gives explicit instructions, such as telling you which seeds need to sit in your refrigerator for several weeks before you plant them. Discover the hidden possibilities you are bringing home from the grocery store.

Growing tasty tropical plants in any home, anywhere (635 M379g), by Byron Martin,  is also full of helpful hints on raising those plants. From the Australian Finger Lime to the Tahitian Orange, this book will provide cultural requirements and recipes for what you grow.

Eat your yard! : edible trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers for your landscape (635 C486.7e) by Nan Chase is for the less adventurous, but those who would still like spring blossoms, colorful flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook with, and preserve. Why not have blueberries or a bay tree in your yard instead of plain old boxwood?

Some of our staff can’t wait to add a Sweet Lemon (Citrus ujukitsu) to their backyard. Think about it, sweet lemonade without adding sugar or sweetener. Yum!

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