The most obvious benefit of growing your own vegetables is that you get to enjoy fresh greens that you know are not laden with pesticides. With the rising costs of basic commodities, you can also save a few bucks by growing your own salad ingredients. So, how do you do this? Here are some tips that you can consider.
— Where to Grow Veggies
A lot of people shy away from any form of gardening because they don’t know how to use the space that’s available to them. Others, especially those who live in cities, don’t think that they can actually grow their own vegetables because they find it hard to find space for this kind of activity.
But wherever you are, there is a way to start your own organic garden. You could allot a small space in your backyard or grow plants in smaller containers if you live in a tiny flat or apartment.
— Protecting Delicate Plants from the Elements
A successful yield will largely depend on many external factors, including the soil and weather conditions. Seedlings are particularly vulnerable to environmental threats, such as frost, strong winds and heavy rains.
The best way to give seedlings a better chance of surviving is to grow them first in small containers or pots. If you live in a high-rise apartment where the nights can become very chilly, particularly once winter approaches, make sure to bring the pots inside at night.
Another option is to cover your plants with plastic to protect them from harsh weather or temperatures. If you’re lucky enough to have your own backyard, a good idea is to construct a greenhouse. It’s easy to build and it doesn’t have to be very big. You can buy a home kit or customize one and have a building company make it for you.
— Prepping the Soil
The soil is a vital element because it will have a huge effect on the health and development of your veggies. There are many ways to prep the soil. You can have it tested first to determine what types of minerals are currently present in it.
Soil testing will determine the acidity as well. If the soil is too acidic or alkaline, or if it lacks certain nutrients that are needed by the kind of plant that you wish to grow, ask the local agricultural office or the US-EPA for tips about how to address such issues. If you know a respectable organic grower in your area, don’t hesitate to ask for help as well. Another option is to buy pre-mixed soil. You can buy good quality organic soil or other ready-to-plant mixes.
— What to Grow
So, what can you grow in your own organic garden? Well, it depends on what you prefer. Common salad ingredients, like tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and cucumbers are favorites. Other veggies, like spinach, radishes, and peppers, are easy to grow as well.
In order to find out what kind of plants you can readily cultivate in your area, given the natural soil and weather conditions, check out the information provided by the USDA’s Hardiness Zones. If you want to grow certain plants that are not commonly found in your region, read more before you begin because there may be specific conditions that you have to provide for such plants in order for them to grow properly.