The Trick to Growing your Own Food
Though groceries stores abound, a lot of people are trying to forgo the weekly trips, at least when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Whether is because a sudden awareness of the cost to the environment, or, more likely, an attempt to reduce household costs, a lot of urbanites are trying to grow at least some of their own food.
Growing your own food can, in fact, help you save a couple of bucks a month, but you have to be really smart about it. You won’t be able to grow every fruit or vegetable that you like and depending on how much land you have available and where you live, chances are you won’t be able to grow everything year-round either. But still, it’s worth it. It’s a great way to have fresh vegetables, reduce your environmental impact, and make sure you’re eating safe product. Here are some tips to get you started:
Start with Baby Steps
Before buying any seeds, make a quick assessment of what you have in terms of soil and climate. You should choose the easiest plants for your kind of environment, something that won’t require too much extra work, and that can thrive in your environment. Sure, it won’t save you a lot of money, but it will teach you the basics of gardening and serve as a stepping stone towards more complicated projects. Some of the easiest vegetables for beginners to grow are lettuce, chard, and tomatoes. Just make sure to study up on what they need before buying any seeds. Which brings us to the next, very important point, you must study up a lot before getting your hands dirty so…
Do Your Research
Some fruits and vegetables need some heavy replanting once they’ve sprout, this means that every couple of months you’ll be doing as much work as you did the first time you planted them. If you have a lot of time in your hands, this isn’t that big of a deal. If not, you might want to look into perennial fruits and vegetables, also known as those that keep growing after you plant them once. Of Course, that’s not the only aspect you need to think about. You also need to take into account how much caring a specific seed needs before it grows and whether or not you can take on the challenge. Be really honest about the amount of time you have to take care of your garden, otherwise you’ll just be throwing away money and wasting resources.
Work on Your Very Own Compost
If you truly one to grow healthier vegetables, you have to forget about chemical compost. Instead, trying using all sorts of biodegradable material that you probably already have lying around. Stuff like old newspapers, egg cartons, and napkins can make great organic compost. What’s more, the more organic you get, that is the more you avoid chemicals and pesticides, the gentler you are to the environment and the smaller your environmental footprint gets.