The 101 to Growing Your Own Food
Growing your own food, doesn’t that feel amazing and intimidating at the same time? It can be because having food from a plant you sprouted, nurtured, and grown can be a wonderful experience. Eating the fruit of your hard work, knowing what all has gone into it is amazing! At the same time growing a plant or a garden on your own is a commitment. The same things you found exciting about growing plants can be exhausting when done.
But if you have even a bit of interest and time to spend, you can make the best home gardens even with little space to spare.
Growing your own food comes with a whole set of advantages. When you use herbs, vegetables, and other plant products that you have grown, you can ensure the safety of the produce. They will be cent percent organic and extremely healthy. Taking care of plants is also known to be therapeutic to many. The process of growth and bearing fruits provides a sense of calmness. The added benefit of a little green island on your balcony, windowsill, or backyard to relax can’t be neglected.
The conscious approach adopted by many people all over the world has leveraged this trend. Most people now have at least a few herbs in little pots that they grow with love. The fact that veganism is gaining more and more popularity is also contributing to this. People are also being aware of the downsides of commercial farming techniques and the shortage of plant produce. In association with the healthier way of living, many have adapted local and seasonal plant products into their diets, increasing the importance of local produce.
When you plan to cultivate your own food, there are some things you should consider. Choose to grow what is available and suitable to your area’s natural conditions. This can increase productivity and decrease the effort and money you have to spend. Local produce is also the best to start with if you are a newbie to home gardens. They can easily resist insects and infections and grow easily. Such plant seeds will also be easy to source and sprout.
Not having enough space won’t be a problem. If you have limited space, try growing herbs and spices which can be grown in small pots indoors, with just enough sunlight. Chilli, mint, cilantro, curry leaves, tomato, and spinach are some of the plants which are super easy to grow and take care of. These are also extensively used in our kitchens. This way, even though you can’t keep up an entire farm or garden, at least one or two home-grown elements can be added to your diet.
Since lockdowns are continuing in different cities, this is the best time to grow your own food, if you have not started yet. And remember to start with something simple, which needs less care, so that you can save yourself from the guilt of letting your plant die without care. Start small to have a better life!