I’m very much against waste. I’ll eat until my stomach is bursting to make sure there’s no scraps on my plate (I do not recommend this), I’ll recycle as much as possible in the house and will try and use up everything in fridge to avoid throwing it in the bin. There were a few things that have inspired me this past month to do with wastage, so I thought I would share with you lovely lot and see if I can inspire you too…
So my boyfriend and I took a trip down to London last weekend and took a pit-stop at lunchtime to meet our friend Chelsea at Wahaca in Charlotte Street. I’ve never ventured to one before, but there’s quite a few dotted around the place, and I fell in love; Mexican cuisine any day of the week! But my point to this rant with how much I love Wahaca is because they provided us with a free gift at the end of the meal and I thought it was genius.
Here it is – some chili seeds to plant up at home.
Glued delicately to a small matchbox, small enough to fit in your pocket or purse so no excuse to not take away with you. Easy to follow planting instructions as well so you don’t have to worry if you’re not a garden expert, or even like gardening too much, simply follow the few steps provided, chuck on your windowsill and watch your chili plant grow.
I absolutely love this idea from Wahaca, and appears I’m not the only one (plenty of others have been raving on their blog – link here). It promotes their company and promotes sustainability. They have chili growing competitions and plug it through twitter and various social media sites. They also work in communities throughout the UK and abroad. If you want to know more, check out their blog in the link above – I highly recommend.
I’ve got a pot ready and am so excited to join in with the Wahaca chili vibes!
The other inspiring find from this past month was an article I read about avocados. I have avocado for breakfast every day and go through so many in the week. The amount of avocado seeds I’ve throw in the bin is unbelievable. Especially when all along I could be planting this to grow my own!
Here’s how to do it yourself –
You will need:
1 Avocado seed
3 cocktail sticks
Glass + water
Take you seed and wash it thoroughly to get all the chunks of avocado off and clean it up well.
Next, grab 1 cocktail stick at a time and gently push into the side of the avocado, but not too far. You want 1 in each third of the seed to form a supportive structure.
Fill a glass with water and place the seed so the sticks balance and rest on top. You should cover the bottom of the avocado by about an inch of water. Make sure it’s the big bottom end down in the water (so it looks like a bulb). And you know me, I can’t resist using my flamingo glasses. I’ve also used a hyacinth glass too to see if that helps in any way.
Leave someone that is not directly in sunlight, but is warm and dry. Make sure to change the water every couple of days so it doesn’t get all mouldy and ruin the chance of your seed developing roots.
It will take a few weeks to develop any root growth, like mine is starting to, but I’m sure it will be worth it. When the roots are more established it can be transplanted into the ground to grow on into a tree – apparently they’re low maintenance so brilliant for a new gardener on the scene.
Are there any inspiring ideas you have come across for your garden? Any companies that have stood out that you would recommend? I’d love to hear about them. Drop me a comment or email!