The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lot of change. Due to the social distancing guidelines and general precautions being taken, more people are spending way more time at home. This has led to the rise of a huge DIY culture. People are learning how to knit, cook, and even grow their own food products.
While that sounds intimidating, you can do it as well. If you’re interested in growing your own food, then this is the article for you. We have the answers: what to grow, how to grow, where to grow, and even when to grow. In this article, we’ll be sharing some tips on growing your own food, and it’s beginner-friendly.
1. Items to purchase
As a beginner, you don’t need to splurge and purchase a large number of items. When you’re starting off, just buy a gardening spade, some fertilizer, compost, and a pair of gardening gloves. If you don’t have open soil in your background, then you’ll need to buy pots/containers of soil. You can water your plants with a simple water bottle, but if you want to go the extra mile, purchase a hose and water cans. Last, but definitely not least, purchase some seeds of your choice.
If you’re growing outside, then you’ll also need some wooden stakes as well garden wire for certain food plants.
2. The best seeds to plant
The best foods to grow at home are onions, garlic, potato, herbs, strawberries, salad leaves, peppers and chili, celery, and tomatoes. These are the best foods to grow because they are beginner-friendly, and they can be done at home (in open soil or pots).
3. When to grow
If you’re growing your plants inside the house/window sill/balcony, then you shouldn’t be too worried about when to grow. Your plants will not be directly affected by the seasons if they’re inside, so you can plant anytime you want. It’s important to try avoiding growing plants in the winter because the frost can be deadly.
For those with open soil, you may need to research the best food plants for whichever season you are in.
4. Where to plant
This depends on what you have. If you have an open patch of land then you should certainly use it. However, if you don’t have one, you can grow your food on the rooftop, balcony, or even the windowsill in raised beds of soil. You can even grow veggies indoors; you just need to pick a spot where the sunlight hits.
5. Keep learning
The most important gardening tip is to keep learning. Start with the beginner-friendly food plants before trying out fancier plants. Consider reading a book on gardening or taking a local class. You’ll always learn something new, so keep learning. The joy is in the process.