Healthy, organic food is expensive – which is why obesity and other lifestyle diseases are such an epidemic today. Eating healthy does not necessarily require one to break the bank though. I have found a cheaper way to get good food: by producing it myself!
Plenty of people all over the world are embracing the idea of growing their own food. Nothing tastes quite as good as food picked freshly from your own garden. Nothing. Here is how to start your own garden.
· Identify a site
Pick out a spot for your garden. What you are looking for is a sunny spot close to a water source. Most plants need exposure to sunshine in order to grow. You also do not want to spend a lot of energy and time hauling water from one part of you compound to another.
If there isn’t enough space for a garden, you can always opt for a sack garden, a balcony garden or a roof garden. Some people even grow food out of pots, old tyres, basically anything that can hold a potting mixture.
· Planting Material
Planting material typically comes in the form of either seed or seedlings. Sometimes you plant seeds, sometimes you plant seedlings. Some crops are started using cuttings. Seeds are bought from seed companies. There are several companies that provide heirloom seeds suitable for home gardens. Pick the right varieties of crops. If planting cabbages for home consumption for example, you need one that has a longer harvesting period, this allows you to consume them over a longer period. With onions, you may have to go for spring onions, or you may want to plant bulb onions in phases to give you a longer harvesting period. Try out pretty much any crop you like.
· Easier to Grow
Always start with crops that are easier to grow. Beans, peas, spring onions, kale, mint, and salad greens tend to be easier to grow. Remember that some crops will be more adapted to your local climatic conditions than others. So if it does not work out with one crop, try something else.
· Compost pit
The whole idea of gardening is to get your hands on some natural food. Start a compost pit to produce your own natural organic fertilizer. Compost is gold for gardeners. Composting is pretty simple. Mix up a little soil with your kitchen scraps and some dried grass or crop residue. Add a little moisture from time to time and turn it over once a week to let in air. The compost will gradually decompose – turning into a black substance that you can now apply to your garden.
· Weed Control
Weed control may sound like a laborious exercise, but it does not have to be. The secret is not to give weeds the opportunity to establish themselves. Always, always, always have some crop or other growing in your garden – even if you don’t plan on eating it. Pass by your garden every other day and spend a few minutes pulling out weeds. After the initial weeding, come back every two weeks to repeat the exercise.