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All about sustainable living

Posted on March 24th, 2015

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved spending sunny Saturday afternoons trudging though the soil in my gumboots. Dirt under my finger nails I would lovingly place seeds into the nutrient rich soil and wish for a sprout of greenery. Constantly transplanting lavender seedlings, growing avocado pips in water I have always been a keen gardener. As I grew older gardening became a form of procrastination. A whole vegetable garden emerged during exam time as I convinced my parents that I was studying biology practically; learning about photosynthesis and transpiration.

My passion for gardening has continued to grow over the years and has truly flourished as I have cultivated a healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of the year I set myself a goal that I would establish a large vegetable garden growing all the fruits and vegetables that our household would need. It has been a slow process of pacing out sizes and discussing the most efficient methods for plantation with my dad. Things are finally starting to happen though and I thought I’d share it with you.

A few weeks ago I spread out some of our own compost. After only a few days, hundreds of little green shoots emerged from the soil. I now know I won’t need to buy any butternut or tomato seeds because these seedlings have really started to flourish and will soon be able to be transplanted into the boxes. 25 31

 

After months of collecting egg shells I now have enough “containers” to plant my basil and rocket seeds into. I am filled with such joy as these little leaves of life sprout forth from the earth.

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Egg shells serve as a great container for seeds. They work well because when you plant the seeds out you can just plant the whole egg-shell into the soil. No transplantation is required and this increases the plant’s chances of survival. Egg shells are also a great source of calcium for the plant and ensures nutrient rich veggies.

Starting a vegetable garden is quite a task and takes time to plan everything. I have begun with my seedlings and will soon be making wooden boxes to transplant my seedlings into. I hope that soon I will be cooking with my own homegrown veggies!



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