An average of 1/3 of the contents of average household bins is food waste. Crazy right! Here are some ideas to try & reduce that, whilst still getting in your 5 & 2.
The aim is to use everything, the ‘misshapen’, ‘ugly’ or imperfect vege. Yup, I’m talking about eating the whole vegetable – skin, leaves & stalks. OK sometimes you won’t be able to for safety reasons, but I bet there is a lot which could still be done.
Some ideas to reduce the waste:
✅ Buy what you need, sounds pretty logical right?
✅ Buy local produce, they have travelled less km’s to get to you
✅ Buy in season, it will be fresher & often cheaper
✅ Any wilted or limp vege is great in stock, soups or stews
✅ Use any scraps or peel for the compost, your garden will love it
Sometimes the scraps can actually, you may want to plant some out. Here a few to try out, of course there are many more options.
Cut the tops off & place into a shallow dish of water. The tops will sprout with greenery, which you can use in salads (like a herb).
We have all had them sprout in the cupboard. Cut the eyes off & plant in lose rich soils to support the underground growth.
Those tops can be planted & often producing a couple of crops of pineapples. Pineapples are part of the bromeliad family, which is popular as an ornamental plant, so maybe add a few into the garden.
For this one start with Australian produce (imported ones have had a lot of chemical treatment prior to being shipped). Add to organically enriched soil in a sunny position. These have thick leafy foliage which is a great filler for a blank area in the garden – make it do double duty!
Some tips to help with waste reduction. A big thanks to Fiona Maxwell for the gardening tips!
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