Grow your own house garden

A lot of green waste is thrown away, while with a lot of them you can grow your own vegetables. Not only will it reduce waste, it’s also a very fun thing to do. There are so many options, we would like to share some of our favourites with you!

Avocado

We love ourselves some avocado once in a while. And even if the seed doesn't grow enough to actually provide avocado's, this small plant still looks good in any living room!

How to grow:
+ Wash the seed and use toothpicks to suspend it over water in a bowl or jar. Make sure that about an inch of the seed is immersed.
+ Leave the bowl or jar  in a warm place away from direct sunlight and remember to check the water every day and add more as needed.
+ It will take 2-6 weeks for the roots and stem to sprout.
+ When the roots are thick and the stem has leaves again, plant the seed in rich soil in a 10in diameter pot, remembering to leave half of the seed above ground.
+ Water it frequently, with a deep soak occasionally (the soil should be moist but not saturated).
+ At this point, the more sunlight, the better!
+ If the plant turns yellow, it might be over-watered. Let it dry out for a few days.
+ If the tips of the leaves turn brown, too much salt has accumulated in the soil. Run water freely into the pot for several minutes and then drain.

Sweet Potatoes

Mashed, baked or fried, if you ask us, with sweet potatoes you can't go wrong. And sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

How to grow:
+ Sweet potatoes can be grown much like regular potatoes. First you cut the sweet potato in half.
+ Suspend it with toothpicks above a bowl or jar of shallow water.
+ In just a few days roots will begin to appear and sprouts will be seen on top of the potato around the same time.
+ Once those sprouts reach about 4 inches, twist them off and place them in another bowl or jar.
+ When the roots of this bowl or jar reach about an inch in length, plant them in soil.

Tomatoes 

Besides being one of our favourite fruits in salads and pasta's, there are much more benefits to tomatoes. The fruit is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients. So we feel one can never have enough tomatoes in their kitchen. 

How to grow:
+ Tomatoes can be grown just by saving the seeds. There are hundreds of tomato varieties available as seed, so decide on the type of tomatoes you want.
+ Rinse the seeds and allow them to dry.
+ Plant in a good, rich potting soil until you notice growth coming in. To plant the seeds use seed starting mix.
+ Place the seeds on the surface of the potting mix.
+ Lightly cover it with soil and pat down lightly.
+ Make sure to water it well.
+ Allow the seeds to get a few inches high before transplanting them outdoors.
+ During cold weather you can grow your tomatoes indoors. Just remember to keep them in an area that gets plenty of sunlight and water a few times each week.

Herbs

Another great addition to your new home garden is herbs, a variety of which you can also grow indoors. On the packaging of the seed is usually a guide on how to plant each one best. Below a few well-known and delicious herbs for you to grow yourself!

+ Garden Cress: Garden Cress is one of the most famous herbs to grow indoors. It has a spicy to pungent taste. 
+ Basil: Basil is an herbal plant usually used for just a year, but you can also use it as a permanent plant.
+ Chives: Chives has an onion-like taste. You can grow a chives plant in the sun and partly in the shadows.
+ Mint: Mint plants have a strong smell of peppermint. You can use mint fresh as in tea, but you can also dry it and use it as loose tea or in meals.

Plant them easily in our Jara terracotta planter set, which holds 6 terracotta pots. Or in our Jara double planter set, which holds 2 pots. Both sets are easy to transport inside and out, ideal for your herbs!

planting herbsJara terracotta planter set

Jara double planter set