Growing your own food has a whole host of benefits. Not only can it be cheaper for you and of course better for the environment too, but it also gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you played a part in creating your own food.
The only trouble with growing food is knowing where to start. To help you on your way we have put together 7 ridiculously easy ways to start growing food.
Pick up a fruit cage
You may not realise it, but there are a variety of ways that you can make fruit growing that little bit easier. One of the best pieces of equipment for this who want to grow their own fruit is to have a fruit cage. Fruit cages are not only effective, but they are also easy to install and come in a variety of sizes to match your garden space too. You can improve your growing with fruit cages because they provide the ideal growing environment, protecting your crops from pests and of course the weather too.
Start with something simple
It is all too easy to get ahead of yourself when thinking about growing food. You might want to try growing some truly fancy and impressive fruits and vegetables, only to find that they don’t work out as you hoped. This could lead you to feel disheartened and not try again. A good way to introduce yourself to growing vegetables and fruit for yourself is to pick things that are easy to grow and take care of. At least at first. A great place to start is with salad leaves, radishes, peas, spring onions, runner beans and garlic.
Create the ideal growing space
It is no secret that plants need sunshine to grow, however, it is all too easy to forget this when choosing a space for them. In order to give your plants, the best start, you will need to put them in a part of your garden that gets plenty of sunshine. You also need to think about your soil. The majority of normal garden soil is fine for growing vegetables; however, it needs to be deep enough to ensure that your veggies and fruit have the most space. If you are concerned about the type of soil that you have, or how deep it is, then we recommend that you either plant in pots or you create yourself some raised beds to grow in.
Think about vertical growing
Space is one reason that many people think they cannot grow their own food, however, if you are short on space, then this doesn’t mean that you cannot grow anything. Vertical gardening is becoming more and more popular. Not only is it ideal for smaller gardens, but vertical gardening is also a great way to ensure that your crops stay away from pests and even are protected from whatever the weather may throw at them too. It is important that you build (or buy) a structure that is going to be sturdy and strong.
Learn more about best-growing friends
If you are new to gardening, then you might not know that there are some plants that make things a whole lot easier when it comes to growing. There are some flowers that work perfectly with veggies and fruit. The main reason for this is because they draw in bees, which of course helps to pollinate the plants that are trying to grow.
Never ever plant something you just won’t eat
Whilst growing your own fruit and vegetables is likely to encourage you to try new things and explore new foods, this isn’t always the case. If you are just starting out, then it definitely makes sense to try and pick something that you and your family will actually eat. Else you will waste time, effort and the crops themselves. Not only this but if you are growing something that you all like to eat, then you are much more likely to make an effort and keep trying your best to look after the plants. Because you know that you will get a treat at the end of it.
Always listen to the seasonal advice
Seeds grow better in certain weathers and seasons. Which means that you need to do your best to listen to the seasonal advice for the seeds that you are planning on planting. There are plenty of sources of advice out there, even the seed packets themselves will give you guidance on when to plant your food. Otherwise, you are going to make things a whole lot harder for you.
Growing your own food is incredibly worthwhile doing. Not only does it give you and your family a reason to get outside, but you also get the benefit of being able to enjoy that delicious food afterwards. So, what are you waiting for? Why not give it a go? You may be surprised by what you can achieve when you try out growing food for yourself.
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