How to grow an Avocado Tree & Save

Highly flavored and nutritious, avocados signal a healthy diet, whether we’re talking about guacamole or salad. If you like not having to make regular trips to the grocery for your daily supply of fresh avocados, try growing an avocado tree at home. It’s surprisingly easy. In 10 easy steps, you will see how you too can get a full-grown avocado tree from a little seed, making the whole process very educational and easy to remember.

🥑STEP 1: Without cutting the pit from the avocado, remove and wash clean of all the avocado fruit. You must make sure you don’t remove the brown skin from the pit! 

🥑 STEP 2: All avocado pits, despite not being perfect round shapes, have a top and bottom side. From the ‘bottom’, the future roots will grow, as for the ‘top’ the sprout will do the same. You can find which is which by looking after the slightly pointier end. When you noticed that, you found the top. In opposition, the bottom will have a flat end. It’s important to place the bottom in water, so the roots will begin to gently grow. 

🥑 STEP 3: Next, stick 4 toothpicks into the top side of the avocado seed. Make sure the injections are made pointing down at a slight downward angle and are spaced evenly around the circumference. Wedge the toothpicks strongly because they will allow you to place your avocado base in the water but still have the fruit hanging over a glass. 

🥑 STEP 4: Place the glass with the half-submerged avocado in a place with sunlight. Use a clear glass for this operation, so you can observe when the roots start to grow. It’s useful for warnings of mold, bacteria and fungus growth, so you can change the water when it’s needed. You can do the latter regularly every day, as many professionals recommend, but it’s better to change the water every 5-7 days. 

🥑STEP 5: Sprouting can take as long as 8 weeks, although many websites suggest only 2-4 weeks. The best advice is to be patient. And pay attention so the seed goes to the necessary stages of sprouting: the outer brown seed skin will slough off as the top of the avocado pit will dry out and form a crack; the crack will extend and to the bottom side of this, a tiny taproot will begin to emerge; this will grow longer and longer until a small sprout will peek through the top of the avocado pit. Don’t forget to maintain the taproot submerged, because not doing so will be synonymous to the death of your plant. 

🥑 STEP 6: There are a few tricks when it comes to planting the newly born sprouts. When the stem reaches 183 in length, cut about 100cm off it, as this will make the new part grow faster. Cut and put it in a rich humus soil pot, when it has reached 183cm again, plant your tree in a medium pot. Before placing in a sunny area, make sure that you leave the top half of the seed exposed. 

🥑 STEP 7: In this stage of planting your own avocado, you need to know two things about its relationship with water: the soil should always be moist. If you start to see yellow leaves, it’s a sign you exaggerated and over-watered it. No need to panic though. Let the plant some time to absorb the water and continue after it has dried. 

🥑STEP 8: Encourage the plant to grow larger, by pinching out the top two sets of leaves. Do this when the stem has reached about 380cm in height. Repeat the method when another 138cm have grown additionally on the plant.

🥑STEP 9: If you happen to come across some nasty bugs, like aphids, you will need to wash them off the avocado. You can do this by showering or gently hosing down your plant. When there are no more pests on it, spray the avocado tree with a solution of water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and one teaspoon of neem oil. Check in 4-5 days to see if it’s clean. If not, repeat the process until it is. 

🥑STEP 10: In the autumn or winter, if it gets cooler than 45 degrees F, you must bring the baby avocado tree indoor, so it won’t freeze to death. And there you have it. All you need to know about how to plant your own avocado tree from a seed. After a couple or so years, the tree will begin to give fruit. On some occasions, some trees take about 15 years to bear fruit, and some never do at all. Even if your commercial avocado – seed you used to plant the tree – is one of the tasteful fruit on Earth, don’t expect that yours should be the same. 

Naturally grown avocado are different. You can grow several avocado trees together to aid with pollination and ensure your fruits are good as well. 
Enjoy 🥑

Embarking On Pilates Courses Will Render Good Results

Embarking on an exercise regime takes time, effort and dedication, but if you are bent on being in peak form and living a healthful, long life, then think about investing in your body and health long-term, and not in the short-term. In other words, any exercise programme won’t show results right away, but being consistent and committed will reap many rewards.

A series of well-thought-out Pilate’s exercises and taking part in one of our bespoke Pilate’s courses will ensure you reap the benefits in the long haul. Seeing immediate results is not being realistic, but in the long-term and after participating in Pilates classes whether it is a series of ten, 20 or 30 classes, you will start seeing the results of your hard work, although the secret is to keep up any exercise programme and ensure it becomes an ongoing practice and part of your world. Keep this up and you will never look back.

Employers are also investing in the health and well-being of their employees. By bringing Mobile Pilates into the workplace, stress levels are being reduced and the overall result is a happier, healthier work environment where staff can take an hour or two during work hours to shut off the pressures and worries of the work environment.

Mobile Pilates courses are convenient and best of all, it is brought to you, ensuring a holistic and healthy mind-set is enjoyed all.

Bespoke Pilate’s classes and Pilates courses will create a healthy culture in both individuals and businesses alike.

With Mobile Pilates Classes – We Bring Pilates To You

We understand the need for employees to take time out and exercise – the problem is often time and accessibility. We have come up with a solution to exercise needs within the work environment, though. The solution? None other than mobile Pilates classes.

The best part of all is that no expensive equipment is necessary – all you need is an open space such as a boardroom, and setting aside an hour and a half once a week (or more) any day and any time that will fit into the work schedule of employees and bosses.

Participants need to bring along a mat, and all depending, bulk discounts can be offered on Pilates and Yoga mats or any other equipment used in the classes. The best part of all is that we are able to tailor packages for businesses so that enthusiasts are able to participate in our bespoke classes.

An initial meeting to do a needs analysis is the first step where the individual requirements of the business is mapped for us to offer our professional services.

The benefits of Pilates are numerous:

Employees will be able to manage stress better, all the while fashioning a culture of health and wellness.

With a staff complement of happy, healthy individuals, your business can expect less downtime and enhanced productivity with our state-of-the-art Pilates offerings.

The skeletal system is not meant to be desk bound and stationary for hours on end – mobile Pilate’s classes have been specifically created to educate and guide clients in becoming aware of the effects of posture and movement so that they can enjoy all-round flexibility and mental alertness.

Origin of the Word “Pilates”

Pilates – we’ve all heard of it and many of our friends and family are practising it but where does the word “Pilates” actually come from?

Pilates is the brainchild of Joseph Pilates who called this method of physical discipline “Contrology”. Originally from Germany, he immigrated to Britain and moved to America.

Joseph Pilates devised this new approach of exercise and body-conditioning in the early 20th century; he also incorporated the use of apparatus which is well-known as the Pilates reformer.

Today Pilates is practised worldwide in western countries, and as of 2005 there were in excess of 11 million devotees using this discipline on a regular basis as part of their exercise routine. There is definite proof that proves that Pilates assists with muscle conditioning in healthy individuals.

Joseph Pilates is in all probability the very first individual to combine Western and Eastern ideas regarding health and physical fitness.

He researched every type of exercise which ranged from the more classical Roman and Greek exercise regimes to gymnastics and body-building; he then placed this alongside practising the Eastern disciplines including tai chi, Zen meditation and yoga. Additionally, Pilates studied anatomy in-depth and the movement of animals, all the while recording these results.

Once Pilates returned to Britain after the war, he worked with pioneers of movement techniques such as Rudolph Laban who created the fundamental system of dance notation which is still in use today.

Pilates first called his technique “Contrology”, and only later did it become known by his name. Pilates viewed Pilates as a mental and physical conditioning in which individuals could work their bodies reaching their full potential.

Joseph Pilates viewed Pilates as a mental as well as physical conditioning regime.

My Pilates presents My Baby Barre class

My Baby Barre is here!
Yay! You’re pregnant or Woo hoo you’ve just had a baby or you’re a dad wanting to bond with the new addition to your family.

Amazing…. we love babies.

But then the panic sets in….

Nooooo what is going to happen to my body?

Can I exercise? What kind of exercise can I do and where do I do it?

Also how does this darn baby even work?

And what the ***** is happening / has happened to my body?!?!

If this is you My Pilates has your back! (your front, your sides and your baby)

After speaking to loads of our pregnant and new moms and  dads we have noticed that there is a massive demand for specialized exercise classes that you can do with other parents and moms to be.

Not only will these classes whip you back into shape but also to give you a chance to bond with other parents who are sharing in the same experience as you are.

Day: Mondays

Time: 9am -10am

To Bring: Baby carrier and pacifier e.g. dummy or bottle

Venue: My Pilates studio, corner Jan Smuts and Bompass Road, Dunkeld West Centre.

SPECIAL:

We are running a newbie special sign up in the month of July and pay R120 for your first 4 classes.

Pay R480 and Save R120.00

Bring a friend and receive a class for free.

My Baby Barre

A place for you and your baba to spend some time getting to know each other better while you get your behind back to where it used to be.