Growing your own food is one of the most rewarding things I can think of. So when Albert Heijn, a Dutch supermarket chain, came with an action promoting just that, I was overjoyed! Everyone should grow some veggies at home at least once, seeing those tiny baby plants is just so fascinating. And you get to eat them later on. What’s not to like?
See and Learn
There is no better way to learn how different veggies grow, than by growing them yourself. Look at how the first shoots emerge and what they do next. Maybe you can spot differences between the veggies, or maybe you cannot tell them apart at first. And to think those tiny little things become real-life veggies over time, can you believe it? It is really not only for kids to sit and watch these wonders, I find myself amazed by these things quite often as well. There is absolutely no shame in closely following the growth of your baby plants!
If you would really like to find out all there is about your baby plants, you could keep a veggie journal. Or baby plant growth book. Or whatever cute name you can think of. Basically you take a small notebook and write down everything you see happening to your plants. After what time they emerge from the ground, how fast they grow, when the first leaves are visible, that kind of thing. Taking just a few minutes every day to evaluate the growth of your babies, you will soon find yourself fascinated by the tiny greens.
Albert Heijn Action
At the supermarket Albert Heijn, you can now collect small pots for growing veggies. The pots contain soil and seeds, so the only thing you have to do is to find them a nice place and to water them. The pots are made from organic fibers, so will degrade after time. Perfect for planting in a bigger pot or outside when the plants get bigger. There are twenty different veggies and herbs to collect, so enough variation on your plate this spring! You will get a pot with each €15,- of groceries, and some special products will give you an extra pot as well. The action runs till the 15th of March in all stores. For more info, see the website of Albert Heijn.
Do It Yourself
And if you don’t happen to live in the Netherlands, or if you don’t shop at Albert Heijn, then you can just make your own small veggie gardens. Some small pots, a bit of potting soil and a few seeds, that is all you will need! Make sure you look up how deep to sow the seeds, that differs per plant species! And then it is just waiting for a bit, until the first green shoots emerge.
Have fun with your miniature garden!