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12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Grow your own fruits and vegetables from nothing but kitchen scraps! Rather than throwing away leftovers from food in your kitchen, you can use them to grow more. Learn how to turn a single sweet potato into a pot full of them. Grow a salad from the end bit of lettuce and a lemon tree from a single seed. Several of these projects require nothing more than a jar, a windowsill, and a few pieces of food that would otherwise end up in the trash or compost. Step-by-step drawings and photographs make it easy to follow along, and fun recipes will help you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Active Nonfiction, Makerspace, Makerspace: Gardening/Plants, Science
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2018-01-01
Text Type Procedural
BISACS JNF015000, JNF022000, JNF014000
Dewey 635
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 9
Lexile 970
Features Activities, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Recipes, and Reviewed


  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist, Short-listed, 2019
  • Green Earth Book Award Long List, Long-listed, 2019
  • ALA Top 10 Sustainability Themed Children's Book List, Winner, 2019
  • Top 10 Project Books for Youth, Winner, 2019



“A fresh look at growing and preparing foods.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A fine addition to gardening collections.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[T]his engaging volume’s strength—homing in on plants’ specific regenerative properties—should spark STEM projects and home gardening fun, whether in a backyard or on an apartment windowsill.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Kari Cornell

Photographer: Jennifer S. Larson

Jennifer S. Larson has written many nonfiction books for young readers.