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Starting Plants from Kitchen Discards ? Seeds
Keep your green thumbs busy starting new plants from kitchen scraps.
Kitchen scrap gardening is about the fun and challenge of starting new plants from dinner discards. It is not about growing the most productive plants. Anytime we collect seeds from hybrids the offspring will usually look and taste different than the parent.
I always look at climate where the original plant grew when deciding how to sprout its seeds. If the plants are native to cold climates, the seed probably needed a cold treatment to sprout. Plants native to tropical areas do not.
You may want to start with seeds from apples, pears or cherries. Collect and clean the seed. Place in moist vermiculite or damp peat moss inside a plastic bag in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 months. Or plant the seeds directly outdoors in fall. Chilled seeds can be started indoors in spring and transplants moved outdoors once the danger of frost has passed.
A bit more information: Or go topical and try seeds from avocado, oranges, lemons and other fruit native to warmer parts of the world. Skip the chill and plant in a moist well-drained potting mix. Or try growing potatoes that sprouted in the pantry or the tops of sweet potatoes. Check out my other related tips at:
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