March is not typical salad growing season in the Uk. Over the past year or so, there has been a tangible shift towards taking care of the planet we all call home, whether it concerns single use plastics, disposable coffee cups or food miles. I want to do my little bit too. As a self confessed foodie with a small sunny outside space, I really fancy growing my own produce this year. It was finally bought home to me last month when I bought tomatoes from Morocco, and lettuce from Spain. Granted, without imported goods like these, we’d be returning to the days of eating seasonal produce only when it’s available, and that would require a massive shift in our relationship with food. (Another blog entirely I think)
I’ve kept it simple and started with tomatoes and some mixed lettuce. To keep it packaging relevant, I’ve started them off in some of our Ingeo Paper Coffee Cups and Biodegradable Gourmet Food Containers. How about if those single use cups and food trays were repurposed before going to landfill? This would be a great way to road test them and their durability.
It’s still too cold to grow anything outside, so I’ve claimed a corner of our conservatory for this particular experiment. Everything is sat on a Plastic Sandwich Platter, as after a couple of uses, they can show signs of wear and tear too. Finally, I’ve used a Skewer to label up each tray of seeds too. If this is successful, I’ll serve a small salad in one of our Biodegradable Soup Containers and thus the cycle starts again.
Check back to see how I get on – if you don’t see an update, nothing grew…