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#WeekRead is returning with IKEA hydroponics

I’ve realised that as soon as my maternity leave ends, our little Alice starts in daycare and I will be back in employment, that I will have absolutely no free time so I’m now trying to grow a habit of making time to my own projects, and then hopefully – HOPEFULLY – it will stick when summer comes and everything goes down.

One of my heartfelt projects is the #WeekRead where I tip you readers with easy to read and interesting reads and links you can spend your Saturday morning digesting with a cup of Joe.

This weeks #WeekRead no. 6 comes from IKEA. Yes, you read it correctly the first time. Come this spring IKEA launches a hydroponic series enabling you to grow your own vegetables indoors anytime of the year. It’s good news, especially for dim Copenhagen apartments, that don’t necessarily have access to a vegetable pad or multiple window sills with access the sun for most of the day. You can read more about the project here.

We actually bought a house, so I will not be concerned with regular window growing this season, apart from sprouting and propagation, so expect some good updates from our new garden this year.

If you haven’t read the previous 5 #WeekRead posts click here.

To sum up the principles of the weekly #WeekRead, every other Friday evening I link to a piece of content from either another blog or news site which I find extremely interesting or useful. The only rule is, it should be an easy to read, digestible article that can be read in 5 minutes. That way, when you enjoy that first cup of coffee tomorrow morning (you might even do some morning pinning?) you can read the #WeekRead easy while waking up.

Guide to growing succulents indoors

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This weeks #WeekRead no. 5 also comes from one of my favorite blogs. If you haven’t read the previous 4 #WeekRead posts click here. To sum up the principles of the weekly #WeekRead, every other Friday evening I link to a piece of content from either another blog or news site which I find extremely interesting or useful. The only rule is, it should be an easy to read, digestible article that can be read in 5 minutes. That way, when you enjoy that first cup of coffee tomorrow morning (you might even do some morning pinning?) you can read the #WeekRead easy while waking up.

So let’s get to this weeks read. You have probably guessed it already. Yup, it’s about growing succulents. For those of you that have been following me for the last 6 months, you know how obsessed I am with succulents. It all started in San Francisco last year in October. Damn they do amazing succulent terrariums in San Fran. That city sure has the right conditions for growing succulents as well. So what to do when you live in a basement apartment in the middle of grey London? It’s not exactly widespread sun rays that hit my windowsill, I have to say. Well, click on this link to go to the best garden site online Gardenista, and read this article. So very very useful if you like me are obsessed with growing succulents indoors. You will find a lot of information in this article. For example, did you know that the greener a succulent is the better it is for indoor use? Also, indoor succulents need space around them, so don’t overcrowd the pot. They need as much light as they can get, given that they are indoor and susceptible for less direct sunlight. There you go – now go fetch that brilliant article. And have a nice weekend!

The Perfect Smoothie Recipe

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Last week #WeekRead was on holiday. Friday night my hubby-to-be and I was on a plane, on our way to a birthday to celebrate my fiances granddad’s 85 birthday. Such an inspiration! So #WeekRead had to wait. Step aside for the celebration of a 85 year old senior with such a joy for life! Something we can all learn from.

Anyways, let’s talk about this weeks #WeekRead. It’s pretty simple. It’s the perfect smoothie recipe. It’s located on the Free People Blog. I just love that blog. So many useful and quirky inspirational blog posts. These basic smoothie steps just had me at hello. It’s quite similar to how I make my smoothie, although I’m not always good at following all steps through. But I can’t agree more to the statement that a smoothie should be a meal, not a dessert. Cudos to that! Come on, you know you want to. Click here to see the anatomy of a smoothie and go try for yourself!

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Best before – but how long?

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This weeks #WeekRead is the perfect guide to help you get the most out of your veggies in the fridge. Have you ever had fruits or veggies that has gone bad in your fridge, because no dish needs so many mushrooms? That recently happened to me. It such a shame throwing food away, and expensive as hell!

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Eatbydate.com have made it easier for us to be more strategic about what veggies we chose to use in the fridge. Use the guide to learn how long your veggies will last in the fridge and what to use first and what veggies can lie in that fridge a looong time. I know that spinach needs to be eaten straight away, but root vegetables, squash types and all sorts of onions can survive in my fridge longer. That way I can stock up on these things, buy a proper bulk of them, and then add spinach and salad, etc. on a half-weekly basis.

Go take a look – it’s a really helpful site! Read more here…

How to shop at farmers markets – only smarter!

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It’s Friday again and in 10 hours or so you can enjoy a blissful Saturday morning sipping that cup of coffee, reading the second Plot & Pantry #WeekRead. And this one is equally as interesting and will only take 5 minutes to read. Yes, luckily I did not break my own rules just yet.

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Let’s get to it. First of all, just for a sec, pretend it’s Saturday, not your normally tipsy Friday. Have you gone to your local farmers market yet? Before you do, read this 7 point guide on how to shop at farmers markets. It’s the delightful Modern Farmer, who I’m linking to today and it’s a really interesting read, I can assure you. Did you know that your carrots, beets and radishes will last longer if you leave the greens on top? So next time your local farmer asks if he or she should cut off the green top for you, what do you say? No. (Unfortunately, I need to have my greens cut, as I have the tiniest fridge on the planet). Also, Modern Farmer is suggesting that we keep a sense of skepticism when going, instead of falling head over heels in love and be carried away ending up buying stuff we don’t need or that is actually not a better healthier choice.

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Read the other great tips right here, and start shopping smarter at the farmers’ market.. This is really one of my favorite sites, so it could happen that you would like it as well and hang around for more than just 5 minutes? And did you know that you can buy a magazine as well? Go fetch that wallet! It’s equally as awesome, and no, no one is paying me to say that, this is a genuine non-commercial tip for you. Hope you have a good time there.

Btw, the images are from October last year, when my fiance and I went to California on a small road trip, and we just loooooved it! Guess where our honeymoon will take us?

For my other #WeekReads, where I link to digestible 5 minutes articles click here for:
#WeekRead no. 1
#WeekRead no. 3.
#WeekRead no. 4
#WeekRead no. 5