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You asked: Is this a Jewish minhag? If so, what is the source for it? Yes. it is mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 199:10 - סימן קצט - דין הקבורה ובית הקברות "The custom - when leaving a cemetery - is to pluck some grass and throw it behind one's back, and say זָכוּר כִּי עָפָר אֲנָחְנוּ - remember that we are dust." You asked: What does it mean? ...


On chabad.org it says the following: On the way out of the cemetery, it is customary to pull out some grass, throw it back over the shoulder, and recite the passage below. This symbolizes the Resurrection of the Dead in the era of Moshiach, when the body will awaken and return from the dust of the earth, as it is written, "And may they blossom ...


See: אהלי שם : אוצר פסקי המועדים who writes that one who uses water grown plants has what to rely on, though ideally one should avoid using them. This comes at the end of a discussion (and list of sources) on plants grown in a pot. Seemingly, the same would apply to your other categories.


Since the vegetables have grown (somewhat) during Shmita, then even moving them to a non-Shmita location, would not remove the Shmita status. If part of the vegie is Shmita, the entire vegie is Shmita. Source: Mishna in Shvi'is 6:3. Relevant parts of the Bartenura: בְּצָלִים שֶׁל שִׁשִּׁית שֶׁנִּכְנְסוּ לַשְּׁבִיעִית, וְיָרְדוּ עֲלֵיהֶם גְּשָׁמִים ...

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