How to Plant your own Food

Who said science projects are just for kids? We heard that planting certain leftover ingredients in soil could actually sprout homemade food -- or at least pretty houseplants.
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1. Garlic

Supposedly, if you plant unpeeled garlic cloves pointed end up -- especially organic ones, which haven't been treated to slow sprouting -- the cloves will shoot up stalks.

After one week A little digging around in the soil showed that all three cloves had sprouted. Little green shoots quickly appeared.

After three weeks The garlic grew like crazy for a while -- around an inch a day -- and it smelled garlicky, too. It can take months for the cloves to grow into a new head of garlic, so we're still waiting!

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2. Ginger

Word is that ginger barely needs any soil over it and tends to sprout sideways first, so we picked a wide, shallow pot to plant a nubbin of the root. It's been said to grow up to 3 feet long in a few weeks and sprout pretty, fragrant white flowers.

After one week Nothing happened, so we covered ours with a little more soil.

After three weeks Still nothing. The "buds" (they look like little green bumps, but are eventually supposed to sprout) were more successful in the plant we just left sitting out on top of the refrigerator. watch it grow!

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3. Lentils

We've heard this trick works with any color of lentils, but we started by planting some brown ones in a 4-inch-deep pot, covering them with just a dusting of potting soil and placing them on a sunny windowsill.

After one week All had sprouted within three days, and they grew very quickly from there. New leaves that look similar to thyme keep unfurling in little clusters.

After three weeks We have a very pretty (though leggy) little houseplant! Note to selves: Keep rotating the pot regularly, since the sprouts bend toward the light.

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