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How to plant an edible garden with seeds from store-bought items
How to plant an edible garden with seeds from store-bought items

For anyone who has wondered if it's worthwhile to plant the cloves of store-bought garlic that are starting to sprout, the answer is a yes, but a qualified yes. In general, buying seeds or plants that were intended to be grown for a garden harvest is usually a better idea than relying on produce aisle leftovers to grow more edibles. The watermelon seeds you spit out last summer that sprouted in the compost probably came from a hybrid variety and will not grow true. The same can be said for many fruit trees that don't develop the same tasty fruit as the parent, most notably apples. Avocados propped on toothpicks in water are dead easy to start but may take up to 15 years to...

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