Mam and I re planted my Sunflowers, because they were getting a bit cramped in the tub we had them in. So, here are a couple of photos for those of you who are interested in seeing their progress.
First, all the Sunflowers out in their pots:
We have them on a small table just outside, because we figured it was time for them to go outside, and when we put them on the floor slugs came to try and eat them. As you can probably see, some of them are looking a bit sorry for themselves because of being moved, and I think partly due to the slug banquet that happened when we left them on the ground too.
As you can see, we put some canes in the pots ready for when (or if) they get big enough to need to be tied. We figured we might as well, then we wouldn't have to mess about with them so much later on.
We did keep one indoors though. We kept one in the pretty pot I got with the seeds, and we put it on the window sill. Here's a photo of that one for those of you who want to see it:
And, while we were out buying bigger pots and some canes, Mam brought me some runner beans to try and grow. We figured that - since I LOVE these kinds of beans - it would be something useful. That is, of course, if I have success with growing them. Here they are:
I'm also considering getting a couple of tomato plants, since tomatoes are something else I eat a lot of. And, I'm contemplating the idea of attempting to grow carrots too, since - again - they're something we eat a lot of (even Kero likes the odd bit of raw carrot).
In other news...
I tried some cucumber for the first time since I was a kid yesterday. And, guess what? I quite liked it. I didn't think much of it plain, but I had some in a sandwich with some egg and tomato, and it was tasty. :)
In a couple of weeks time I'm having lunch up with my Mam and Dad, so we've decided we'll have salad, and then I can try the other two items people generally have in a salad that I haven't tried since I was a kid. I didn't like them at the time, but tastes change as you grow up. Anyway, those things are beetroot and celery. Mam loves them, so almost always has some, which is why I'm going up there to taste them.
Trying these items isn't the only attempt I've made to eat healthier. I've also:
1. Replaced 90% of my snacks with fruit or yoghurts.
2. Replaced my first cup of tea of the day with a herbal tea (nettle and peppermint).
3. Refused to buy any ready meals, and instead been making at least 90% of our meals from scratch.
4. Replaced 98% of our fizzy drinks with fruit juices. And, since they are quenching our thirst better, this means they work out cheaper and produce less rubbish too.
5. I'm getting what fruit and vegetables I can as organic produce. A few items can't be brought that way (because the shops I use don't carry organic versions). But I'm looking for organic first with all items.
I'm also no longer eating meat or fish. This one is personal preference rather than for a healthier diet though. I've not had any meat or fish for more than a month now. I suppose technically I've become vegetarian, although some would argue the point. Why? Because many vegetarians don't eat some of the items I still do (e.g. eggs).
This isn't diet based, but we're also changing to environmentally friendly, plant based cleaning products. And, we've ditched the paper towels in favour of cleaning messes with cloths.
The parts of the above that produce less rubbish have resulted in a drastic decrease to the amount of rubbish we put out. We used to be filling about 2 bags of non-recyclable items per week. We now fill 1 bag every four weeks (bearing in mind, the bags we use over here are about half the size of the ones you guys use over in the US and Canada). Even our bags of recyclable items have gone down from 3 bags a week to about 1 & 1/2 bags per week (sometimes 2 bags per week) of various recyclables (which means everything except glass and paper) and 1 bag of paper every 6 weeks (sometimes it takes longer to fill a bag, but it depends on how much junk mail showed up... That's what most of our paper waste is). Glass has never been a large part of our rubbish though. We only have a couple of items in glass jars (some sauces, jams, etc) so we only have a jar/bottle or two per week (if that).
And we're doing pretty well with compostable items too. Our curb side recycling scheme that started at the end of last year (yep, we've made decreases in our rubbish that quickly, *smiles*) doesn't include glass, but does include compostable items. I think that's backwards, but there you go. Anyway, they provided us with a small bin - which is 7 inches, by 7 inches, by 9 inches - which stays indoors for items to go in straight away. Then they gave us another one that's about three times the size of that one, which gets put out each week for the rubbish men. Well, we hardly even fill the little tub (though we put the stuff out each week anyway). Bearing in mind they say "compostable items" includes: "Food waste, vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, and other simular items."
If you're wondering, when it comes to the glass items, either Mam takes me somewhere to drop them off at a recycling centre, or Mam and Dad take them home (their recycling scheme does include glass). I think it's weird that ours doesn't. But at least it includes everything else, I suppose. I mean, it took them a good ten years longer than neighbouring counties to even get this far (Mam and Dad have had a recycling scheme for a good ten years. Some areas had it even before that).
OK, well I think that's enough rubbish from me. (Sorry... LOL!)
Enjoy your day! :)