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Who knew that you could grow ‘houseplants’ using kitchen scraps?

I was inspired to find ways to find gardening projects that could be done indoors for those gardeners who are stuck inside during cold winters because they are a large part of the audience that I write for on other websites.

The photos below were taken over a 14 day period from planting to what they look like just 2 weeks later.  I must admit that I am quite impressed.

I started with growing a radish…

I am hoping that my radish plant will flower at some point because I have heard that radish flowers are quite pretty.

My garlic cloves grew quickly and I will use the greens as a garnish, much like I would use green onions.  Garlic greens have a mild garlic flavor.
My lentils are quite pretty and delicate looking.  I am waiting for them to flower, which will make them even prettier.

I realize that many people have grown a vine from a sweet potato – but I haven’t.  The vine will be a pretty addition to my kitchen windowsill garden.  Now that the roots are growing, I will hopefully see some green sprouting on top.

I did have one plant that didn’t come up.  The book that I was inspired by said that you could plant fresh green beans, but mine didn’t come up.  

**You can plant dried beans after soaking them overnight and they should come up.

The goal of this project wasn’t to grow ‘food’, but to enjoy the foliage of the plants themselves and brighten up a dreary winter for those who live in cold climates.

I have really had fun with this project.  I think it would be a great project to do with kids, don’t you?

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I have some exciting new writing projects coming up and I will let you know where you can read them if you like soon 😉
You won’t believe what I have been working on…


I have been inspired by the book,


So, I decided to grow indoor plants using a radish, garlic, lentils, a sweet potato vine and green bean seeds.  

The object isn’t to grow food itself, but to enjoy the pretty plants that these kitchen scraps will grow.

I’d love it if you would follow along on my Birds & Blooms blog “An Unorthodox Winter Gardening Project”.

I promise to keep you updated on how it is doing 🙂