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With the cost of living at an eye-watering high, we wanted to share five tips and tricks for looking after your fruit and veg, from buying at the shop to growing your own.
But before we get into that, did you know we’re giving away ALL of our 5 A DAY air plant holders this month? Those are the little guys you can see smiling above. Each month we do a ‘Free Pots’ giveaway, and by simply being subscribed to our Habulous mailer, you could be that lucky winner.
There’s nothing more annoying than finding your fruit and veg withered after a few days. Keeping your veg in a cool, dry place, such as your fridge, is the ideal environment. Some fruit and veg, however, are better kept out in a fruit bowl as this allows them to ripen, such as avocados, tomatoes, mangos, melons and pears. Others, like citrus fruit, grapes and berries, will last longer if refrigerated as they instead deteriorate if left out.
If you’re refrigerating chopped fruit or veg, cover with a reusable food cover (Click HERE to buy online - they are much better for the planet than clingfilm) as this will stop them from going ‘bad’ faster.
Ever heard of ‘wonky veg’? That’s one of the many terms used to describe fruit and vegetables that don’t look perfect, typically due to an odd shape, so they’re sold at a lower price. Many supermarkets do this and it’s a great way to save money - even slightly shocking that food is being priced on how it looks although it still tastes the same!
Alternatively, you could get out those green fingers and get gardening with your own veg patch for a healthy yield of homegrown food (see tip 3).
It’s actually a lot easier than you think! If you have a greenhouse or garden plot it’s ideal, but you can still easily grow some fruit and veg in normal garden plant pots. The best for pots are: beetroot, broad and runner beans, carrots, peas, potatoes, peppers, salad leaves and tomatoes, as well as most herbs. You just have to make sure you have good compost and sunlight and then you’ll be good to grow!
Although many people think this is a myth, there’s actually scientific evidence that talking to your plants really does help. It’s not so much what you say, but rather how you say it. Studies found that the female voice encouraged plant growth, supposedly due to the variation in pitch vibrations. However, the human voice in general encouraged the plants to grow more than without sound. So, although your neighbours might raise an eyebrow, why not talk to your fruit and veg every now and then?
As well as growing your own, shopping at any local farm shops or small grocery stores is a great way of supporting your local economy and avoiding fruit and veg that have come from abroad.
Using eco-friendly, reusable or recyclable food packaging to avoid using plastic bags or clingfilm and recycling your food waste into compost for your plants is a great way to reduce waste in general.