6 Things you can grow in your flat

In a perfect world, there would be a place hungry students can go to receive free food. But since that doesn’t exist, growing your own is the next best thing.

Growing food can be easy and if you look after your plants, you could be harvesting well after uni.

You can head over to Homebase near Pizza Hut to buy all the supplies you need.

1, Potato

Have you ever bought a bag of potatoes an noticed little sprouts growing on it?

Those little sprouts can turn into new potatoes if you replant them well.

First plant your sprouted potatoes in a deep pot that is half filled with soil. when you begin to see tiny shoots cover it with another layer of soil and continue to do so until you reach the top.

It’s important to not plant too many as potatoes need room for roots to grow and make sure you line the bottom of your pot with stones so that there is room for drainage.

Jacket potatoes for days!

2, Ginger

Take a piece of ginger and soak it in water over night to prepare it for potting.

Plant it horizontally with the buds facing up, that’s where the root is going to sprout from.

In 2-4 weeks it will start to grow and you can start harvesting!

Fresh Ginger tea anyone?

3, Celery

Buy yourself some celery and eat all you want. Take the root and place it in a shallow pot a little but not totally submerged in water and in about a week it will be ready to be planted.

Make sure you change the water every couple of days and use a spray bottle to moisten the top.

Once you start to see shoots, pop it in a pot of soil and cover it up to the op leaves.
Water generously and you’ll have a healthy revision snack in no time at all!

4, Herbs

Herbs are easy to grow because most just need a good sunny windowsill to keep them happy.

Fill a planting pot that will fit on a windowsill with soil and plant your seeds. Give it a little watering and you’ll have flavoursome food in no time!

5, Scallions

In the same way that you can grow celery, you can also grow Scallions.

All you need to do is pop them in a glass of water, making sure the roots are facing down and in no time at all, you’ll have a new set of scallions to make your noodles Instagram worthy.

[Read: Ways to pimp your noodles]

6, Cress

Of everything on this list, cress is just about the easiest thing to grow and it’s packed full of nutrients.. something you’re probably lacking.

All you have to do to grow cress is a tray or jar with moist kitchen tissue at the bottom, scatter some seeds on top and pop on a sunny windowsill.

Don’t forget to lightly moisten it regularly and it’ll be ready to harvest in about 2 weeks.

Cress can be used to add a peppery taste to your dishes. If you don’t really know what to do with it, a good rule of thumb is to use it wherever you might use lettuce.

And there you have it, not totally free but if taken care of can supply you with food for a lifetime.

By Rebecca Adeyeye
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