|Jihyun Ryou: a Korean artist about her storage|
solution for vegetables
The link in the pic above an excerpt from the file "Taste the Waste" by Valentin Thurn from 2012. (It's very frustrating - I understand that making films / documentaries costs money, so I totally understand that the movie was offered for sale. But, c'mon - that was in 2010?? Surely the message would get to a far larger audience if it was now offered for general viewing? And surely that is the motivation of the movie - to educate people?)
Anyway, soapbox moment over...
Then I saw the excerpt again a few days ago.
OK - so I figure that someone's trying to tell me something.
So, I decided that I was going to try it...
Why not - in summer the more space you have in a fridge, the better :)
|Carrots in damp sand, and control carrot on|
So, into a large-ish vase went some carrots and some damp sand. With a "bare" control carrot lying on the side.
|Carrots in bag in veggie drawer of the fridge|
Half of the bunch of carrots harvested went into a bag the fridge...
|Carrot on the shelf in the fridge|
Yes, I could leave the carrots in the ground, but with the hectic heat (and lack of rain) that we have here in summer, they tend to bolt quite quickly. In addition, I have discovered that the moles have a penchant for carrots. Nothing worse than planning to have carrots for dinner, and going out to harvest some, only to find that the leaves and a very small amount of the actual carrot remains in the ground.
Then - the apples and potatoes...
I am so tired of potatoes going "mushy" - even when I store them in the dark cupboard under the stairs. I mean, I can't even plant sprouting tatties - 'cos they don't sprout. They just go squishy and soft and revolting. The only place that is good enough for that is the compost heap. What a waste!
|Potatoes below apples in the veggie rack|
So, I have this small kitchen unit and on the upper shelf I have placed some granny smith apples, whilst below is the "basket" of potatoes.
|A "paper wall" blocks the light|
from hitting the potatoes
Two weeks later :
Whooop! Whooop! Wow!!!
|Now that is a carrot that even the alpacas|
would probably refuse
This is the control carrot left on the kitchen counter next to the sand filled container. As you can see it is pretty unappetizing - and wrinkled and soft. Not even good enough to feed to the alpacas.
|The carrots in the damp sand are still firm and|
perky. In fact...
|... they are sprouting new leaves|
|The carrots in the damp sand are even sprouting|
... and roots :) I'm blown away.
|Another sad looking carrot - this is the one that was|
left exposed on the fridge shelf.
Naturally - the carrots in the bag in the fridge are fine - except they aren't growing leaves nor roots lol
Pretty successful I reckon!!
Just for the fun of it I'm going to leave one carrot in the damp sand, and see what happens to it over the next few months. Will it grow another / more carrots, will it go to seed? What will it do?
I never thought I'd be displaying vegetables in my house like a pot plant lol