La Liga club Atletico Bilbao has a rule that all players must be "home grown" - coming from the local Basque region. See if you can grow something at home ... and bask in praise from the neighbours.
What difference does it make?
It's a great feeling when you harvest and eat food you've grown yourself. And it brings nature a bit closer.
What do you need?
- Empty plastic bottle (or plant pot if you have one)
- Pair of scissors
Step by step
First you'll need to get a container to plant your seeds in. If you don't have a plant pot at home, you can use an empty yoghurt pot, plastic bottle or an ice cream tub or empty tin.
Choose some seeds - could be lettuce, radishes, peas... Fill pot with some compost, until 2 cm or so from the top. A few seeds in the compost at the recommended depth. Cover them with compost.
Place your pot in a sunny spot and make sure to water it regularly (but don't flood it!). If your pot is by a window check that the surface doesn't dry out. Watch the food grow!
You can try:
- Herbs like basil, mint, parsley or chives,
- Salads like lettuce or ruccola,
- Microgreens like cress or radish which grow quickly
In any gardening shop. If you have a garden, normal garden soil is also usually fine for growing seeds in.
Salad needs about 40-45 days from the seed to full size. Cress needs 7 days and radish 3 weeks. Chives and parsley germinate after 2-3 weeks while mint and basil need 10 days.