3 EASY WAYS TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD
Are you tired of eating pesticide-laden veggies and want to switch to organic foods? Have you ever met people who grow their own vegetables, and looked at them in awe? Have you always wanted to do it yourself but stowed it away as a far-fetched dream? Well, you've come to the right place. We're going to give you three easy ideas to utilize whatever space you have and grow your own food. It's a piece of cake if you know what to do, so, read on to find out more.
- Terrace Garden
One of the most popular and widely used methods today is setting up a terrace garden. If you don't have an independent terrace for your own, you can collaborate with other residents in the apartment for a joint venture. Begin with gathering your containers to plant the seeds. From pricey earthen pots to old paint buckets and 2-liter water bottles, make your choice according to your budget. Clean them thoroughly and make holes at the bottom before filling with mud or potting mix.
The next step is to invest in gardening tools and for this, we'd suggest you go for the basic ones, especially if you're a beginner. Must-haves include gloves, rakes, spades and watering equipment. For the seeds, it is always best to use 100% organic, store-bought seeds. Beginners can start with simpler plants that produce yield quickly, like chillies, spinach, coriander, methi, mint, lemongrass, etc. As you progress, you can go for tomatoes, onions, lemons, cabbages, radishes, etc.
It is important to use good-grade, organic, all-natural fertilizers for your plants, without which you might as well buy your veggies. You can even make your own compost by decomposing bio-degradable wastes since they give better results. Always keep a lookout for pests and plant deformities and treat them at the earliest. The sooner you act, the better.
- Kitchen Garden
Nothing like a compact indoor kitchen garden to begin your journey of growing your own food. If you don't have a terrace to claim for your garden, a kitchen garden is just perfect for you. The best plants to grow indoors are herbs since they do not need much space and take less time to yield. Here is when all your old plastic containers, glass jars, empty shampoo bottles, and water bottles come in play. You can decorate them before using it, if you have an eye for that sort of a thing, or just use them as it is with a coat of paint to suit your decor.
Kitchen gardens are where you can get super creative. You can create a hanging garden with earthen pots for your herbs, you can grow your plants on wall-mounted wooden boxes or simply line your window sill with colorful DIY pots to brighten up the space. No matter what planter you use, it always needs to have ample space to drain out. Try using a layer of gravel or mix some sand into the potting mix to facilitate better drainage.
Mint, chives, lemongrass, thyme, oregano, methi, coriander, and parsley are some of the herbs you can plant in a kitchen garden. If you've got a little more space than a row of pots, you can try going for vegetables like carrots, tomatoes, ginger, lettuce, etc. You can grow lemons too if you could get your hands on a dwarf lemon tree. Again, choose your seeds, gardening tools, and fertilizers with care since every component counts when it comes to growing plants.
- Outdoor Garden
For those lucky enough to be blessed with a backyard or an outdoor garden, the options are abundant. Though this way of growing your food takes more time, effort and care than the other two methods, it is so worth it once you see it flourish. The ample amount of sunlight is a definite plus when it comes to outdoor gardens. Care has to be taken to keep weeds at bay. Proper fencing is also an integral part of your garden.
Choose your place carefully, preferably someplace noticeable enough at all times. Clear the ground and sow your seeds in an organized manner so as to avoid a messy-looking garden. The seeds and fertilizers should be chosen with much care and since a case of pests is very easy to come by, proper attention and treatment are needed at all times.
You can grow from herbs to vegetables to fruit trees for a wholesome garden if you can spend a good amount of years nurturing the plants. It is the maintenance part that requires more effort when it comes to an outdoor garden and hard work and commitment on your part is a basic necessity.
Now that you know how even the smallest of spaces can be utilized to grow food, it's time to make that switch from store-bought food to the food you've grown yourself. Every step counts when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle and growing your own food is a massive step forward.