Hi, my name is Maggie, and I’m a closet hippie.
Look carefully, and clues of my secret om-shanti lifestyle will poke through my sequinned exterior.
Like little green tendrils sprouting through the earth, a sneaky Birkenstock, stashed yoga mat, or whiff of patchouli may hint at my alternative inclinations.
But one realm of my world that really gives the game away is my kitchen.
Jars of organic macadamia and cacao spread hide behind jars of coconut oil, whilst little pots of wildly growing herbs torment my neat-freak boyfriend.
And it’s about to get a whole lot wilder, because I just found out that I can GROW FOOD FROM MY BIN.
It all began when I saw an article that's doing the rounds online today, which demonstrates how you can grow a pineapple from....a pineapple.
Anyway, it reminded me of a post I saw on one of my favourite food blogger's Instagram account a while back. She's a lovely vegan, and out-and-proud hippie named 'Wholy Goodness' who makes beautiful things with food.
The post I was thinking of was in set in her Berlin kitchen, where she was performing some kind of horticultural witchcraft.
Wholy Goodness was growing an avocado from an avocado pip.
Hey everyone ????☺ This is for all of you who have attempted to grow avocado plants from stones, and ended up throwing them out in despair, thinking your stones must have been duds. I started these three at the same time - in Feb. They took forever, but finally earlier this month two of them were ready to plant, and since putting them in soil they are getting larger every day. The third little guy took a bit longer. He had big strong roots before any green came out of the top. But now, there are two little green guys growing out of him and I will plant him later today. Hooray for growing plants out of veggie scraps. On another note, thank you to all the Berliners who entered my competition to win a dinner party. I will drop the winner out of a hat this evening, just in case there are any last minute entries. ????????????
And so my descent into the depths of DIY internet tips began.
With the haunting image of my oh-so-wasteful potato scrap/zucchini skin/orange pip-filled bin circling my imagination, I thought I would take a peek into the possibilities of Bin Gardening.
I gingerly typed into Google, 'growing food from scraps'.
The results were astounding. You could grow everything from lettuce to lemongrass, sprouts to sweet potatoes, ginger, apples, pumpkins, mushrooms, and more! It was like some kind of natural 3D printing machine!
And it was easy - most of the fruit and veggies only required being suspended in a small dish of water for a few days before settling into the new home of potted soil.