Bring home basil, mint, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes from the supermarket and grow them in containers (Green Prophet)

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5 Supermarket Vegetables You Can “Upcycle” and Grow At Home

Miriam Kresh


If  you dream of growing a few sustainable crops but don’t have garden space, you still can. Start at your local supermarket. Many commercial vegetables can be rooted at home and like in the nature experiments we did in school, they will grow into real food like tomatoes, potatoes, basil, mint and garlic.

Make sure you have an appropriate plant  container. A bucket with a few holes drilled in the bottom, a conventional window box, recycled and clean gallon cans, even an old boot for a touch of humor in your garden.

(We once grew geraniums in a recyled – and clean – toilet.) See our post on gardening for food  for more ideas. As long as it has drainage holes and good-quality dirt in it, with room enough for new roots, it’s a container and you can grow food in it.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.