With food becoming more and more expensive, I started seriously thinking about growing my own food. Not only would it help reduce the amount of money I spent on groceries each week. But it would also be a great way for me to actually see where my food comes from and start eating seasonally. And whilst one can still eat seasonally whilst buying food from the supermarket. I realized that so often we don’t even know what is seasonal and grown local and what is imported. Unless you shop at a Woolworths which clearly marks its foods as “In season” or “imported”. We are all used to getting what ever fruit and veg we want whenever we want. Which usually means it has been flown in and can end up having pesticide’s and other genetically modified organisms to keep it fresh.
To start my little organic farm I started by reading up about growing your own food from a few different websites and this is what I learnt;
- You don’t need a lot of space: One of the first things you need when considering growing your own fruit and veg is space. And whilst this can be enough to put you off, it shouldn’t. Especially because you don’t need as much space as you think. Start with what ever space you have and work from there. If you don’t have space, using crates and pots can be another option.
- Use soil where things grow: I must admit that whilst I was adamant to grow my own fruit and veg. I was not keen on the idea of waiting a few months to actually start. Which is why when it came to picking a spot in my garden, I went with a place where things were already growing. These can be weeds, grass, or even flowers. All I did was prepare the soil by using fertilizer and leaving the soil for a few days before planting.
- You don’t need to start with seeds: If you are ok with starting with seeds then go ahead. But like I said before I am impatient and wanted to see results sooner rather than later. Which is why I bought seedlings instead. These are fruit and veg which have just started growing.
- You need sun light: As its spring, sunlight is easy to find. Which is why when looking for where to plant your garden, its best to choose the sunniest place possible. This is especially true for fruit and veg that grow underground. For things like lettuce, more shaded spots are ok.
- Go for plants that take a few weeks to grow: Whilst it might be tempting to grow an avo tree. Chances are, you will become discouraged from taking care of your garden because of how long it takes. Which is why its important to start with plants that grow quickly. This way you can enjoy the fruits of your labour sooner rather than later.
What are some things you would plant in your garden?