Unless you are purchasing products that are certified as organic, the fresh fruits, berries, and vegetables that are displayed at your neighborhood store likely originate from vast farms that make use of poisonous pesticides, herbicides, and other hazardous chemicals. Because of the use of chemicals to keep them seeming unusually “fresh,” they have a stunning appearance. Because vegetables that are processed by giant agribusinesses might travel hundreds of miles and be handled by many people, fresh food that seems to be in perfect condition may really be tainted with bacteria that is harmful to humans. Despite the fact that current techniques for ensuring the safety of food are always being improved.
So, what exactly is the answer? Growing your own food is the only way to know for certain what is on or in your food, as well as what is not there. If you take it one step at a time, cultivating your own veggies does not have to be as intimidating as it may seem.
First Step: Planning and Preparing
After you’ve made the decision that you’d rather know where your food came from and how it was treated, the next step is to consider how much of your time, energy, and money you want to invest in a garden. The land (or the area for the containers), money, effort, and time are all examples of resources. If you’ve never had a garden before, it’s best to take things gently and plant just a few different kinds of veggies in the beginning. If you get started too quickly and plant too many seeds, you could discover that you don’t have the time or energy to properly tend to what you’ve planted later on.
Begin by excavating a little section of land. Take a close look at the ground below you. Is it light and sandy, or dense and orange-tinged due to the presence of iron compounds? In any case, the addition of compost to your garden is almost certainly going to be something you want to do. This may be a combination of things like grass clippings, manure from a horse that has been thoroughly composted, grass clippings, and leftover vegetables from the kitchen that have been finely diced. Digging is laborious work, and you don’t see the fruits of your labor right away, so it’s easy to be tempted to skip this phase altogether. Keep in mind, however, that the time and effort you put into properly preparing the soil before planting will be an investment that will pay off for many years to come.
Second Step: Planting and Care
Once your soil is prepared, you can begin planting a variety of veggies by following the planting instructions provided on the seed packets and then watering them as directed. You may expect a rapid return on your investment from leaf crops such as lettuce, kale, and spinach since they are simple to care for and often sprout within a week or two after planting them. Radishes are an excellent option for a beginner gardener since they sprout in a matter of just a few short hours. The soil conditions, such as pH, are unimportant for growing zucchini and other types of squash since they do well in any sunny location. On the other hand, tomatoes often need to be staked, and they are vulnerable to mildew, pests, and other difficulties. Tomatoes are normally more of a struggle for a new gardener because of all of these factors. (However, if you have a passion for tomatoes, you should try growing a few of plants. Having even one delicious tomato throughout the course of the summer is a wonderful reward, particularly when you consider the fact that you cultivated it yourself.)
Third Step: Harvest and Enjoy
The harvest was the primary impetus behind your decision to begin excavating in the first place. Savor the deliciousness of the fresh veggies that you grew yourself. Have peace of mind in the knowing that you are aware of everything that was sprayed on your food as well as everything that was not sprayed on it. After that, begin making preparations for the next year.