As the world is shifting towards more sustainable practices, we all can play our part in contributing towards a better planet. One of the ways we can do that is by upcycling old plant-based milk containers and using them to grow food on our window sills. This not only helps in reducing waste but also provides us with a source of fresh and healthy produce. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can upcycle your old plant-based milk containers and grow food on your windowsill:
Step 1: Clean the container and soak your seeds for 12-24 hours (if you are using peas) or sow directly without soaking for kale, radish, broccoli, or cabbage.
Step 2: Cut open the face of the carton to make a planter. You can use scissors or a knife to make a small hole at the bottom for drainage.
Step 3:Fill the container with multi-purpose compost, leaving a flat surface at the top.
Step 4: Sow your microgreen seeds densely on the surface of the compost. You can choose any microgreens you like, such as arugula, radish, or wheatgrass.
Step 5: Spray the surface of the soil heavily with water, making sure that the soil is moist but not waterlogged.
Step 6: Add weight on top of the container to create pressure, which will help the seeds germinate.
Step 7: After a few days, you should see the sprouts push up the weight and reach for the light.
Step 8: Remove the weight and uncover the container to expose the sprouts to natural light. Spray with water as needed to keep the soil moist.
Step 9: By day 7-14, your microgreens should be ready for harvesting. Simply cut them off at the base and enjoy!
So, the next time you finish your plant-based milk, don't throw away the container. Instead, upcycle it and grow some delicious microgreens on your windowsill! If you want to see Alessandro Vitale doing this in action, check his instagram page.