What to do with your extra plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko

green peppers on plant
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Have you ever bought plants and found you had extras?

You have space for two cherry tomato plants and one beefsteak, but each variety comes in a package of four. What do you do with the extras?

First, are you sure you don’t have space? You don’t need a lot of space to garden. Containers aren’t just for flowers; you can plant vegetables in containers, too. One local gardener I met planted fruit trees in containers. See more about gardening in small spaces here. Maybe you can find a spot for that extra plant on a sunny deck or in your front yard.

If you’re sure you don’t have a spot, there are many people out there who would be glad to take those extra plants off your hands. Here are some suggestions:

  • Offer them to friends, family and neighbors.
  • Find out if there is a community garden in your area. The folks there will be delighted to get your extras, and if their garden is full, they probably know someone who needs your plants.
  • A soup kitchen or food pantry in your neighborhood may be able to handle donations of food plants. Call or email them first.

Bonus reminder: When it’s harvest time, share your food crop with others.

Bonus tip: If you want to share plants from your own garden, make sure you’re not spreading Asian jumping worms.

What do you do with your extra plants? Please leave a comment below.

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