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Bring Harvests Inside for Indoor Interest

By LarryR
October 6, 2011

Before a killing frost, harvest several carrots, beets, and turnips. Remove any unsightly leaves. Cut each vegetable crosswise, so that about two inches remains below the leaves. Arrange in a dish containing a layer of pebbles or a pebble/sand mix. Add a piece of charcoal. Fill dish half full of water. Place in a bright window and keep water level constant. You now have an interesting foliar display that is sure to draw comments.

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plantladylin
Oct 5, 2011 6:07 PM CST
Larry, thank you for sharing this wonderful tip and that great photo! I like this idea very much and it sure makes a pretty arrangement!
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Onewish1
Oct 5, 2011 6:19 PM CST
neat!!
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vic
Oct 5, 2011 6:41 PM CST
Larry - you have the coolest ideas! That's beautiful! Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 5, 2011 7:07 PM CST
What a nifty tip!
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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Oct 5, 2011 7:41 PM CST
Neat idea... I'll try it Smiling .
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bitbit
Oct 6, 2011 8:01 AM CST
Just curious, why the charcoal? Does it keep the water fresh, or provide some nutrients to the plants?
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 6, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Keeps the water fresh.
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bitbit
Oct 6, 2011 9:32 AM CST
Thanks, Ann!
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LarryR
Oct 6, 2011 10:46 AM CST
Thank you, all, for your kind comments! If you use a charcoal briquette, be sure that it's not one of the kind that's been presoaked in lighter fluid. Activated charcoal, the kind used in fish tank filters, also works well.
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Boopaints
Oct 6, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Love this idea, Larry!
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gingin
Oct 6, 2011 2:42 PM CST
I agree makes me wanna grow veggies I tip my hat to you.
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LarryR
Oct 7, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Thanks, Becky and Ginger! Glad you liked the tip. I tip my hat to you.
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