Posts Tagged With: Compost

Grow fruit from seed

Have you ever stopped to think how things grow? The reason I ask the question was because I was in the fruit and vegetable aisle supermarket with my 4 year old, looking at the huge array on offer. I was showing him the different types of fruit and explaining what grows on tress and on the ground. It almost felt abstract, theoretical even. We become so sanitised to the convenience of our supermarkets that I wonder if we have become disconnected to nature. What would a 4 year old make of the meat aisle, with all the pink cuts in plastic. How would he ever connect that to an animal? The same with fruit and veg.

So we decided to do an experiment. We’d pick some fruit and plant them and see what happens. 4 year old picked a satsuma, lemon and an avocado (and before you argue it is a fruit).

Gathering soil from our compost into little pots we plunged the satsuma seeds into one pot and the lemon seeds into another. Popped them into a clear, plastic bag and put on to a sunny window-sill. For some reason, unbenownst to me, I thought I’d look up how to grow an avocado from seed. I’m glad I did. It’s not as simple as putting into soil. You grow avocados by perching it above water, with the aid of toothpicks balancing on a jar.

The seed is called a Pit

The jar went on to the window-sill and I’ll let you know the progress on the Facebook page.

The future perfect of my avocado pit?

By sheer coincidence, I was watching the movie Red this week, and look what is on Bruce Willis’ table!

It's the thing on the right

It’s the thing on the right

Two facts you didn’t know about avocados (well, I didn’t)

1) They contain more fat than any other fruit or vegetable (but GOOD fat!)

2) In the Bahamas they are called pears

Contained within this link are three healthy facts about avocados

Go on, plant some fruit seeds and get back to nature! Post your photos and comments to the Wobble a Jelly Facebook page.

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Pick up an earthworm

I am ok with spiders, daddy long legs and centipedes.

Fish, lobsters, crabs revolt me.

Worms, slugs and snails are somewhere inbetween. In my garden compost, whenever I dispatch my latest peelings, cut grass and egg shells, a multitude of worms drop down from the black lid. My first instinct is a squirm and my stomach turns a little. When my eldest boy became inquisitive I kept telling him there’s nothing to worry about, they aren’t scary and to “look how small they are”. Time to take my own advice and get over my mini-fear of them.

The worm I chose was fairly flat and plump. It was cool to the touch and a little bit slimy. I could see the cast inside and one end (possibly the head) began rising, as if sniffing the air. The middle contracted and the sensation on my skin was like when my eldest would spit out a piece of food he didn’t like.

Like the first time I touched the skin of a snake, it was all rather disappointing and really nothing to worry about!

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Here are 5 interesting facts I have since found out about the common worm:

  1. Charles Darwin spent 40 years studying earthworms. It only took him 3 years to write the Origin of the Species.
  2. They have 5 hearts, to help pump their white blood around their body.
  3. They never over-populate. They breed only when there is enough food to go around. Something us humans should take note of.
  4. They are asexual, which means they have both male and female reproductive organs. 
  5. As they travel through soil, the tunnels they create allows air and water to flow to lower parts of the ground.

Go on, try it yourself! Post your photos and comments to the Wobble a Jelly Facebook page.

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