We have become accustomed with shopping for food that we forget how easy it actually is to grow food source in the comforts of our home. The healthiest greens are not actually the ones labelled ‘organic’ in the grocery, but the ones you planted yourself as you know what nutrients it has consumed. Most people would shy away from the idea of growing food because of the belief that maintenance is high and is not an easy task, but the thing is you only have to know the basic tricks to be able to efficiently grow your garden.
What you need to gather:
- Gardening tools (trowel, pail, watering can)
- Small containers (recycled tin or plastic cans, clay pots)
- Natural compost
- Vegetable seeds
How to start:
Clean your tools, or invest on your tools
If you’re a beginner with gardening then first thing you should do is buy the most basic tools for indoor or small gardening. This include a trowel, a pail, and a watering can; remember not to go overboard with sizing, if you’re working with a small space then buy a small watering can instead of going for bigger ones. The less bulky the tool is, the better as you can easily grip it while working and store away when unused. If however you have a little bit of experience and the necessary tools, then take time to clean those up by removing rust and soil build up.
Design your garden space
Are you working on just the area of your window sill kitchen? A whole balcony? Or a whole wall? Take a look at your future gardening space and determine which approach would work best, will it be vertical gardening or all placed on the ground and lined horizontally? This step is important as it will determine which containers are feasible for your space. You do not want to grow too much food on a cramped space. The best thing about indoor gardening is you have the flexibility to move the containers around, or even place them outside for their sunlight needs. If you plan on moving things around frequently, make sure to use sturdy containers to protect the plant from too much stress.
Research on your soil and fertilizer
Now that positioning is settled, go to your local gardening store and buy the soil and fertilizer specific to your small garden. Since there would be a controlled environment for the food to grow, there is more flexibility on the nutrients you can put on your soil. Depending on your location, soil that has high water retention can be perfect for dry areas. This type of soil can also be a good partner for those who have trouble remembering to water their plants.
Prepare your compost
There is nothing better than an all organic compost to jumpstart your gardening at home. A compost can be created by saving all kitchen organic food waste, or even dried leaves to serve as fertilizer for your soil bed. Gardening in a small space makes it easy for you to incorporate compost, you may want to just directly place cracked egg shells onto the soil. It is as easy as that.
Choose your best plant options
The last and final step is to actually plan which vegetables you want to grow. Consider how hard it is to grow, what it needs in terms of sunlight and water, and of course which ones do you actually want to eat. You want to maximize your space by only planting food that you will actually eat, or else it defeats the purpose of gardening as you’ll only end up with wasted food. Lettuce for example is a great vegetable to start with, along with tomatoes, and of course you can never go wrong with herbs.
Being intimidated will get you nowhere in terms of producing your own food, everything is a trial and error. To lessen any tendencies of failing, just make sure to research first your options, plan your space, and talk with people who know a thing or two about growing food. If you like this article, please don’t forget to share. We’d also love to hear your stories and suggestions with gardening, so leave a comment down below if you have anything to share.