It might sound a bit off-putting to some, to begin with. But providing you do it right, there are literally no downsides to growing your own food. Generations before us have done it and we still have all the same tools they have. Here, we’ll look at why you should look at growing your own food and how you can get serious about it.
Why you should do it
The benefits to growing your own food are pretty hard to argue against. For one, it tends to be a lot cheaper to plant seeds and to wait and water than constantly having to buy produce. If you do it with your family, then it gives you a great opportunity to get together and do something that gets everyone moving and out in the sun, as well. If you grow your food without reliance on pesticides and herbicides, then you’re also adding to the already environmentally friendly act of using less food that requires fuel-costly transportation.
The prep work
If you’ve never grown food before, then you’re going to make sure that the land you’re using is fit to grow land on. You need to make sure your soil is the right kind, first and foremost, adjusting its pH if it needs adjustment or laying more soil if it’s too thin. Ensuring that the produce isn’t near other issues like shade or competing plants like trees is essential to make sure they get all the sunlight and nutrition that they need as well. Of course, you should look at investing in a few vital and time-saving tools as well. It’s a small price to pay for being able to grow your own food easily.
Get technical with your plant choices
Once you have a good plot of land free of weeds and sustained with all the nutrients, light, and water it needs, it’s about how you place your plants. Allotment planning tools can help you choose precisely the kind of placements you need. Not only the dimensions you need to ensure everything grows. It can also advise you on things like companion plants and sacrificial crops that can keep pests well away from munching the food that you want to munch.
Take it inside
You don’t entirely need to rely on the outdoors to grow your own food, either. With some planters and a bit of soil, there are some foods you can grow in the comfort of your own home. Things like green beans that don’t demand too much space can be grown inside, but it’s worth noting that some produce grown indoors will lose its nutritious value a lot quicker than if grown outside. If you love your seasoning, then keeping your own supply of herbs is easily done indoors, too.
Hopefully, a few of you are already converting to the idea of relying a lot more on your own produce. You’ll see the benefits in your health, your wallet, and even your taste buds. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to get growing.