A fine little manual, beautifully illustrated, organized and written around the pleasures of growing and displaying some unusual plants for the house -- grains (oats, wheat, etc.) beaus, peas, sweet potatoes and yams, taro, ginger and various vegetable tops -- including a charming show-and-tell carrot top (hollow out, fill with water and hang upside down in, for example, a child's bedroom). The selection is small but the treatment thorough -- there are lists of materials needed, step-by-step processes with all those water, light, soil and pest-control basics. And singing to plants. Perper, author of similar guides to avocado and citrus home nurseries, believes ""if it makes the gardener feel better, sing away. . . .