Post by prairiegardens on May 21, 2017 8:06:12 GMT -5
If you have a farmers market near, you could buy a tomato, pepper, winter squash and/ or organic potatoes. you can ask about what variety they are . The potatoes at least need to be organic so you know they've not been sprayed with sprout inhibitors. If you get small ones plant the whole potato, otherwise cut a big one into chunks with one or two eyes or dimples in each. Some just plant slices of tomato, I've never tried that. You can generally get beans and such out of the bulk food section to grow. Sprouts from a sweet potato sitting in a glass of water, there's info all over the net about this. These all will cost only pennies or be free ( you eat everything but the seeds) but they may or may not be heirlooms. Summer squash or cucumbers won't work as we eat those unripe. Of course anything sold to grow into sprouts will grow if they sprout. These are all either free or very low cost as you need only a few. Then.next year make a point to go to the "seedy Satrurday" seed exchange in your area.
You can also often get seeds for a variety of veggies/flowers in the dollar store at 10 to 25 cents a package.plant a few extra at a time if you go that route as those seeds may be from older seed stock and may sometimes have lower germination rate. You could get several packets of seed cheaper than a postage stamp for things like lettuce and some of them are even heirloom varieties.