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Large piece of ginger posed on wood shelf
Large piece of ginger posed on wood shelf

Ginger

Whether you are grinding it down to have ginger tea to help support your immune system or using it to make Ginger Snap cookies, there is really no downside to growing ginger and your edible landscape or food forest.

If you needed further convincing, just take a look at how beautiful ginger plants are. They are low maintenance, will do well in sun or partial shade, and are great for filling in places where you just really don’t know what else to plant there.
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Horseradish

When you get to horseradish roots from the grocery store, they’ll probably start growing before you can even get them home. That’s just how easy it is to grow horseradish.

On top of that, horseradish have a beautiful, waving, green top that makes a beautiful support plant wherever you may need a nice herbaceous filler plant. But be careful where you do plant horseradish, because when you dig it up for Harvest, any roots that are left behind will spread and grow new plants.

For this reason, people will eat a dedicate an area to growing horseradish or keep it cut it up in containers to prevent it from choking out your other plants. The Gusto with which horseradish grows is both all inspiring and a little terrifying so be careful where you plant it because it needs so little love to thrive and love the spread.
Start your edible landscape with grocery store food for an inexpensive and fun way to get started growing familiar and easy-to-grow foods.

How to Plant Horseradish The No Dig Way

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Start your edible landscape with grocery store food for an inexpensive and fun way to get started growing familiar and easy-to-grow foods.

Potatoes

Growing potatoes is as easy as digging a hole, throwing a potato in, and putting the soil back. Potato plants are resilient perennials and will grow back after winter snows and frosts. They store well and can be planted in most any part of your edible landscape or food forest to dramatically increase your food harvests. 
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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be grown for their edible tubers and for the tender new growth of the leaves. In many tropical countries around the world, sweet potato greens are grown to replace the cool weather greens that are often seen in the United States. 

Sweet potatoes are as easy to grow as unsweet potatoes and can be “planted” by throwing a sweet potato into a hole and covering it. Sweet potato plants can also be started from sweet potato slips grown from a sweet potato until each slip has its own roots and then planted separately from the mother potato. 
Huge Sweet Potatoes Harvested From Companion Planting with Tomatoes
Huge Sweet Potatoes Harvested From Companion Planting with Tomatoes

Sweet Potatoes Being Grown As a Ground Cover in the Food Forest

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Start your edible landscape with grocery store food for an inexpensive and fun way to get started growing familiar and easy-to-grow foods.

Pineapples

Live some place tropical or with mild winters? Well, LUCKY YOU. Pineapple plants can be grown from store-bought pineapples by lopping off the green crown of the pineapple and sticking an inch into fertile soil. You can even root the tops of pineapples by balancing them on top of a bowl or glass of water and then plant them after the roots have gotten a couple inches long. 

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Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit come with tons of seeds in each fruit. In many place, dragon fruit is hard to find or expensive so it is certainly worth the effort to learn how to grow it. The seeds are easy to germinate and will do so in a week or two and will become 10 foot cactus vines when they are mature. 
Pink dragon fruit on a wood table
Pink dragon fruit on a wood table
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white onions in vegetable display sitting on kitchen counter
white onions in vegetable display sitting on kitchen counter

Onions

Onions will definitely start sprouting in the fridge if you forget about them. At that point, take them outside and bury them with the roots down and get ready for an easy to grow, bountiful harvest. Onions will flower and throw seeds, giving you a nice onion patch to pull from for all your onion needs.
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Tomatoes

With one tomato, you can grow 20 tomato plants. By slicing a tomato into pieces and simply burying the slices in a row, you will have successfully planted tomatoes for the year. You can also take the time to scrape out the seeds from their seed pockets if you don’t want to sacrifice one tomato for a thousand throughout the summer.

Tomatoes are super easy to grow and make a great starter plant for people who want something simple to introduce them to the art of growing food. 
toddler poses with an organic big boy tomato
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Garlic cloves stacked on top of one another in net storage bag
Garlic cloves stacked on top of one another in net storage bag

Garlic

Garlic will also get to sprouting in the fridge if left on its own for too long. It is as easy to plant and grow as onions and, in my experience, can be planted at any time of the year. I recently planted several pieces of sprouted garlic in January and now have multiple garlic plants that are going to seed to spread additional deliciousness and increase my garlic harvests without any additional help from me. 
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Beans & Peas

Beans and peas are so easy to grow that with a single bag, you can skip through your edible landscape or food garden, tossing them to and fro, give them a good watering, and see sprouts within a week. 
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