Growing your food means you know exactly what is going into your family. It’s often cheaper than buying fruit and veggies from the supermarket as well! If you’ve been thinking about going organic, then growing your own is a great way to get started. And, what’s more, you can involve your kids and teach them how to live off the land. They’ll love playing in the soil and will see their hard work pay off! So if you’ve ever wondered how to get started, here’s a quick round-up of what you need to know.
- Prepare your land
If you don’t have much outside space, you can still grow your food. You’ll need to buy different sized plant pots. As your plants grow bigger, you will have to repot into larger pots to give them more space. They can stay on window ledges, so they are exposed to plenty of light. If you have the advantage of a garden, lift off the sod from the ground and dig up the earth. This gives the seeds plenty of breathing space to start growing. It’s a good idea to mix in compost to your soil, for added nutrients.
- Plant seeds in the correct month
Each type of seed needs to be planted in a specific month. This is so the new plants come out of the earth in a month that provides them with their ideal climate. Check your pack of seeds for the best planting period. Most vegetables should be sowed throughout the spring. There are a few types of seeds that need to be given time to gestate indoors before you plant them. Again, check each seed pack for more information. Not sure which seeds are best for you? For fruits, try cordon fruit trees. When it comes to veggies, growing cucumbers and beans are one of the easiest to plant and look after. Here is an excellent guide on how to grow cucumbers in pots we found.
- Remember to water your plants
Don’t forget, your baby plants will need lots of water! It’s also a good idea to keep adding to your soil’s compost. For even more nutrients, you can give your budding plants a good squirt of liquid plant food. You will find this in most garden centres.
- Keep them protected
Some fruit and vegetable plants do not need a lot of water. If you live in a rainy environment, it may be a good idea to cover your plants. You can do this with a tarpaulin sheet when they are still small. Once they grow, think about making a cover for them out of wood. Check your local garden center, they may have specially made items for this. Foxes and cats can also be a danger to plants. To stop any animals scratching the soil, build or buy a chicken-wire coop to place around your plants.
- Harvest your crops
Once your plants are grown and bearing fruit or vegetables, harvest them! The pack that contained the seeds will tell you how long each plant will need before it can be picked. Once it’s ready, you can now use your fresh food in all your cooking!
Who knows, this might give you the home-growing bug. You might even start thinking about getting an allotment!