I’ve always saved dried chilies to use over the winter. I’ve also always planted the seeds from one or two the next year to grow more. The original plant must have been an heirloom plant, since the new plants do flower and make chilies.
I also planted potatoes from the store several years, just for fun, to see how it worked. It did work. I took potatoes that had at least two eyes, one for plant and one for roots, planted them, and got potatoes. People had told me the potatoes from the grocery store wouldn’t grow.
Now I’ve read a couple of articles that say the food/seeds from the grocery store will grow. Hmmm. Interesting.
So a few weeks ago I stuck 3 lentils in a pot in the kitchen, where there is really good light . They all sprouted! Will they actually grow? So far, they will. Will they thrive and produce what they’re supposed to when I plant them outside …..remains to be seen. I also planted 3 black eyed peas and they also sprouted, in about 5 days. Above is a picture of one of the black eyed pea plants, one of which is now about a foot tall. And I read that both of those plants will self pollinate. I might grow black eyed peas in my kitchen….we’ll see. This has been all experimentation, but maybe fresh black eyed peas from my kitchen next winter? This is fun! When you can’t garden in the winter, maybe you can learn things that will be important later.
I’ve read articles now about sprouting lentils to eat the sprouts too. But I want to know if they’ll grow, to plant some in the garden in the spring. But I’ll also try some sprouts to see what they taste like. I don’t know whether these seeds are GMO seeds, that’s the only thing that’s not necessarily good.
Food is always an ongoing adventure! So is growing some yourself.
If you have had any experience with this interesting idea, please leave me comments! Thanks. Happy gardening!