Have you caught the growing bug yet? March is the month in which keen gardeners and novices alike are madly sowing seeds as the weather starts to warm up and buds and flowers appear around us outside.
Growing your own vegetables and salad is one of the best ways to cut down on excessive plastic packaging, plus it’s easy to do and very satisfying when you pick your first harvest of salad leaves or tomatoes!
Or have you thought about growing some flowers in a small cutting patch? The bees and wildlife in your garden will thank you for it and you will have some wonderful, sustainable cut flowers for the home.
It’s not too late to get sowing, there are lots of companies selling vegetable and flower seeds. You don’t have to buy endless plastic seed trays to get going, there are lots of sustainable options out there.
For example, you can make your own newspaper pots in which to plant your seedlings and then plant them directly into the soil. These work especially well if you want to grow some beautifully fragrant sweet pea flowers. See how you can make your own in this short video below.
Or you can make your own tin can plant pots by upcycling a baked bean tin or similar and painting it in your favourite colour.
When it comes to caring for your plants, you don’t have to buy plastic bottles of fertiliser, you can make your own by upcycling your kitchen scraps and waste.
You may already know that using your coffee grains in the garden has many benefits. The benefit of using coffee grounds as a fertiliser is that it adds organic material to the soil which can improve drainage, keeping water in the soil. The used coffee grounds will also help microorganisms that can help plant to grow as well as attracting earthworms. To use coffee grounds as fertiliser, work the coffee grounds into the soil around your plants.
Potassium is an important mineral needed by plants and as essential for water uptake and for synthesizing plant sugars for use as food. It can also help plants create lots of really good quality flowers.
Keep a glass jar full of water on the kitchen table and put your banana skins in the jar. Make sure the water covers the top of the banana skins, or they will begin to go mouldy.
Let the jar sit for about a week and you will have a potassium rich banana fertiliser for use on your indoor plants and vegetables. Potassium fertilisers are especially helpful for tomatoes, pepper and flowers.
Hopefully you will have a bumper crop of home grown, plastic free veg or flowers this summer!