I remember watching my parents work in the small garden in our backyard when I was a kid. I always wanted to have one of my own. So, I started planting some veggies and spices and it took time to do this properly and get the best produce.
Growing your own food nowadays is something that should definitely be a priority. Most foods that we eat on a daily basis are full of pesticides that bring more harm than good. Now that I grow my own food, I know exactly how I did it, and that the product is nutritious and safe to eat.
I gathered these tips that I have found very helpful ever since I was a beginner in gardening. Now I have green fingers and growing veggies and spices comes easily to me.
Tips for a Gourmet Garden
- Install raised beds
If you want to get the most out of the soil, then apply this trick. Raised beds have soil that’s loose and easily tended. You can make them relatively quickly. I made raised beds with cedar planks.
- Double up
Consider growing a plant over another plant. You can grow lettuce under pepper plant. Around them you can grow spices.
- Go with greens
Opt for planting greens. It takes them only one month to grow. When you take the grown greens, you shouldn’t cut the stem, but leave one inch of it so that you could get more than one round of harvesting greens.
- Try unusual varieties
You might be able to find some exotic types of vegetables — browse catalogs at shops and buy new seeds if you want to try out some unusual veggies.
If you are planning to plant something soon, such as tomatoes, remember that they need proper spacing. Many people overlook this and they get a low-quality produce that hasn’t grown as expected.
Tips for Veggies in Pots
If you just don’t have enough space in your backyard to grow food, then consider doing this by using pots. There are certain small differences so these tips will come handy.
- Use the right pots
Depending on what you plan to plant, you need a proper pot. For planting herbs, opt for a pot that has a diameter of one foot at least. For bigger crops, try using pots that have depth and width of 15 inches at least. You can buy bulk pots at lower prices. Also, change soil yearly.
- Grow vertically
You need to make sure that plants that grow tall, don’t fall down. You can accomplish this by using wires, wood sticks or spiral bamboo stakes.
- Choose easy crops
Crops that are most simple to grow include thyme, basil, and cherry tomatoes. These are all packed with nutrition and are very tasty.
- Harvest regularly
When a plant has grown, you shouldn’t let it sit but harvest it. This will increase the growth of new veggies and herbs. As for the grown herbs, you can pick and dry them.
As you grow food in pots, they sometimes don’t get enough sunlight. To provide enough sunlight for plants, you can move the pots and place them under the direct sunlight. You can move them to different places throughout the day.
TIPS FOR DESIGNING WITH EDIBLES
Being a designer of gardens and a cookbook author, Rosalind Creasy is truly a guru when it comes to growing your own food.
- Take it up a notch
Make combinations of edibles by mixing colors, sizes and shapes.
- Be creative with walls
You can grow veggies against the fence in your backyard. Use walls and fences as places on which any plant can grow.
- Grow vining crops on arbors
Use arbors as areas where your plants can grow over.
Set up drip irrigation system so that your plants would always be properly watered.