Growing your own food can be a very liberating experience. Knowing that you don’t need to depend on a grocery store for your livelihood is a huge step towards being self-sufficient. Not to mention the dangers of produce found in most stores that has been genetically modified or sprayed with harmful pesticides.
Gardening can be one of the best ways to know what you are eating is healthy and organic.
Here are a few things to consider when growing your own food:
Things to Consider
First things first, you’ll need to plan what you will be growing and when is the best time for that crop to be planted. You also need to consider soil, rainfall, climate and space.
If you live in a dry climate like, Texas, New Mexico or Arizona where there is not a lot of rainfall then you should consider a rainwater catcher and/or some sort of sprinkler system.
Soil / Space
The soil is a huge factor, soil is where your plants get a lot of their nutrients from and it can make the difference of how difficult or easy it is for you to plant. Take the time to study which food crop does best in the soil you have and use that as your staple crop. You can use any surplus land to grow the other foods that require more attention and fertilization.
Climate is a very big factor to consider when trying to grow food as some plants need cold weather while some need hot and others need both to grow correctly. So make sure you plant accordingly to what the plant needs and when it needs it.
Once you’ve sorted through all the variables you can create your garden:
- Break the ground so as to create “fresh” soil for your seed to grow in. This process of cultivating is good for aerating the top layer of soil as well as helping to mechanically destroy weeds
- Next you will want to actually plant your seeds. Now don’t just toss your seeds in a hole, you will need to consider the fact that some plants require to buried deeper than others. Once you have figured out the correct measurement you’ll need to cover your seed and gently tamp it.
- Cultivation should take place should you notice unwanted weeds rising up around your plant and after it rains to make sure the soil isn’t impacted too tight.
- Finally you will want to harvest your fruits or vegetables at the right time. Depending on the plant there are different ways to tell when it is ripe, you will just have to learn the signs for each plant.
Growing your own food can also be a therapeutic activity. It gets you outside and causes you to use your hands and your brain. It is a good healthy exercise in which you can literally see the fruits of your labor come to fruition.