Gardening 101 – growing your own food is not as foreign as you may think. It just takes a little thought to get started with this hobby that really does provide benefits beyond food production. There’s something almost magical about growing your own food from seeds and the rewards are plentiful. You can enjoy learning a new hobby and experiencing the satisfaction of growing your own herbs, fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Gardening can even become a family hobby with the many varieties of plants you can grow together. It can also be a great way to teach kids how to care for the planet and save money at the same time.
So, how do you begin to learn about growing your own food? The first step is to find out what kind of food you want to grow (go for fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers). The second step is to look at your garden and determine whether it is practical to grow this type of food in your yard or in a large outdoor greenhouse. The third step is to determine whether you have the resources to purchase or grow organic soil – and if so, which variety would be best for your climate? Lastly, determine if you want to use chemicals or pesticides in growing your food and if so, how much.
Gardening 101 – getting started is easy if you follow some simple steps. First, consider where you want to grow your food – will it be on the ground, on shelves, in baskets or on windowsills? Next, start researching on how to prepare the soil for growing – will you be planting seeds or plants and do you want a partial bed, a rolling compost bed or a traditional garden?
When it comes to planting, most people go the traditional route and plant vegetables in an area with an extended row of plants right in the center. This is fine if you only have a small plot of land but if you’re planning to grow a lot (over a yard) then you’ll want to consider an alternative method. One great way to ensure that you’re getting fresh produce all season long is to grow your veggies in water instead of soil. This is especially true if you have an attached roof or a garage. Fresh veggies on the roof don’t have to be fresh from the store-bought truck but they can still be as good as if you had grown them in your very own backyard.
There are many benefits to growing your own food but there are some downfalls as well. First, organic gardening can be expensive and most people don’t have a deep enough pocket to purchase a garden for every item they wish to grow. Second, certain types of food, especially those rich in oils or spices, require special soil and can’t be planted in regular garden soil. Finally, even if you grow your veggies in a separate location outdoors, adding soil to help the roots to hold onto the dirt can actually be harmful, sometimes damaging your vegetable plants more than if they were simply in the garden without any extra soil at all.
Regardless of whether you plan to grow a single tomato plant indoors or grow a garden full of produce, there are many advantages to growing your own food. Organic food is just one of those benefits. Preparing your own meals gives you control over what goes into your mouth and how it’s prepared, and you get the benefit of using fresh produce every day. Growing your own food is also a great way to save money by not having to buy it at the grocery store.
Peter has been a keen blogger and amateur food critic for over 20 years. When eating and drink Peter loves spending time with his family and friends.