“Enjoy little things in life… for one day you will look back and realize they were big things” – Robert, B.
We live in unprecedented times, with new and emerging challenges requiring innovative and forward-thinking solutions. The emergence and rapid spread of COVID-19 have re-shaped our very way of life, impacting virtually every aspect of day to day living.
From lost jobs, and shortages of food and cleaning supplies, to social unrest and fear of the unknown, COVID-19 has taken its toll. Yet, it’s during the most trying of times when people come together as a community, working towards common goals and finding ways to take care of themselves and others.
Home gardening is an impressive resurgence in popularity, with more people turning to vegetable gardening as a means to occupy time, and live a healthier lifestyle.
For those who want to start gardening, you could start with us from little trial of growing avocado from the seed. We hope that you will all find little joy, positive encouragement everyday from taking care for your baby avocado. And soon, everything will be ok and we will meet again!
LET’S GET STARTED:
Step 1: Remove and clean pit
Step 2: Locate the ends: Some avocado pits are slightly oblong, whereas others are shaped almost like perfect spheres – but all avocado pits have a ‘bottom’ (from where the roots will grow), and a ‘top’ (from which the sprout will grow). The slightly pointier end is the top, and the flat end is the bottom. In order to get your pit to sprout, you will need to place the bottom root end in water, so it’s very important to figure out which end is the ‘top’ and which is the ‘bottom’ before you go piercing it with toothpicks.
Step 3: Pierce with four toothpicks: Take four toothpicks and stick them at a slight downward angle into the avocado seed, spaced evenly around the circumference of the avocado. These toothpicks are your avocado scaffolding, which will allow you to rest the bottom half of the avocado in water, so therefore the toothpicks need to be wedged in there firmly.
Step 4: Place avocado seed half in a glass of water
Step 5: Wait for avocado seed to sprout: Many online guides say that sprouting can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, but it usually takes at least 8 weeks to get a sprout, so be patient.
Step 6: Pot in soil: When the stem is 6-7 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches, this will encourage new growth. When it hits 6-7 inches again, pot it up in a rich humus soil in an 8-10″ diameter pot, leaving the top half of the seed exposed. Place on a sunny windowsill. Avocados love sun – the more sun the better.
Step 7: Water and watch it grow
Source of planting steps & images: Inhabitat