The recent Coronavirus outbreak has pushed many people indoors, including those who grow our food. Even if farmers do continue to harvest, quarantine protocols can mean closed borders.
For these reasons, people are starting to turn to sustainability at home by growing their food. If you’re interested, here’s how you can start your garden of vegetables, crops, and fruits.
Find The Right Spot
Before anything else, check if you can dedicate some space to starting a garden. This spot doesn’t have to be permanent, but you need to ensure that you have room for plants. However, dedicating some outdoor space will allow you to have more food you can harvest.
Research And Choose What To Grow
Starting a garden at home will require some research. You may not be able to grow every type of vegetable or crop you want to at home. Some of these plants will fare better in specific climates and times of the year.
First, look into what crops and veggies are fit for the conditions where you live. If you’re staying in a cold climate, carrots, spinach, and fava beans are some of the best choices you have. If you’re in a tropical country, sweet potatoes and okra are suitable for such temperatures.
Another thing you should consider is how much sunlight your area gets. Those in sunny states and countries have more options. They can grow tomatoes, radishes, carrots, and chilies. If you find your place a little cloudier on most days, choose leafy greens and herbs.
If you’re having difficulty deciding what to plant, guides can help you plan your garden. Seed packets typically have some useful information, such as a planting schedule. This information will tell you during which months it’s best to plant.
Technology is also here to help. There’s an app called Gardenate that gives you data on different vegetables and helps you schedule your plants. Recently, online gardening communities have also grown, including on Facebook. You can thus connect with individuals who may have a plethora of tips for you.
Get Your Seeds And Supplies
Now here comes the fun part. After you’ve planned your garden out, you can now purchase the seeds or seedlings as well as supplies you need to start your garden. Make a list of what you’ll need, namely: seeds, soil, pots, tools, and fertilizer.
Pay attention to the soil you’ll be buying. Plants will grow best in specific soil types – which will be loam, clay, or sand. Ensure that you’ve looked into this while doing research. As for containers, you may want to get or DIY a seed starter tray. You’ll wait for them to sprout before moving them into individual pots or the ground.
For tools, only get what you need for your specific vegetables and crops. Don’t go overboard and pretend that you’re running a whole farm. You can ask the people at your local garden supply store what you’ll need. To give your plants the best chance they have of growing produce, enrich the soil you’re planting in. One option is to purchase fertilizer. Another is to use or make compost.
Sow Your Seeds
After you have collected your supplies, it’s time to plant your seeds or seedlings. Again, some plants will fare better if you grow them in seed trays first before moving them. If you’re worried about moving them later, there are several videos online that show you what to do.
Care And Patience
Now comes the part that requires your patience and attention. Most people think that you need to water your plants daily. However, not every plant is the same. Some can survive with less water, while others will be quite needy with hydration. Refer to specific guides that tell you how much your vegetables or crops need to stay healthy.
You may also need to cover up some of your plants. This action will keep them safe from pests as well as other environmental factors. Covering them will also prevent your furry friends from chewing on or playing with them.
After enough patience and waiting, you’ll be able to harvest the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor. Some veggies and crops will sprout faster than others, so don’t expect to reap everything at the same time.
Choosing to grow your food is a step towards sustainability and practicality. It can also help you when you feel anxiety or sadness, things many of us experience during this lockdown. “We talk about gardening in general as an excellent coping skill which helps decrease depression,” says Nancy Goranson, PsyD.
After all the care you put in, we’re sure your food will taste better than what you buy from the store.