Are you looking to grow your own food garden, but you're hesitant because it's 'hard'? Don't worry! Once you know what you're doing, gardening is quite easy. And there are several great starter crops. Growing your own food is important for many reasons. Maybe you're concerned about knowing just where your food's come from. Or what chemicals commercial growers used on it. Or perhaps you're wanting to save (or earn) a little cash here and there.
If space is not an issue, traditional in-ground methods are always a great way to garden!
That all depends on you. Is space tight? Or are looking to do more patio gardening? You should consider container and square foot gardening methods. A personal favorite of mine that is both low cost and space efficient is 'bag gardening'. You can see a demonstration of this in this YouTube video: here.
We have had huge success with this method. But for veggies that need deep root systems there are better techniques. Once you have a level of comfort with any system, you can always tweak it to make it even more space and cost efficient.
You can grow a variety of edibles on your window ledges using window boxes or similar methods. Great candidates for these include berries like strawberries. Or try leafy greens like lettuce and spinach. Yummy salad additions like radishes and green onions are great too! You can also grow a variety of herbs, including basil, thyme, chives, oregano, sage, and parsley.
Window box gardening is quite easy. Most plants that grow using this method are both easy to cultivate and maintain.
Climate can come into play even when you choose to do your garden entirely indoors. This is because you have complete control over the temperature of your house. Cold temperatures may stunt the growth of some plants if you're like me and prefer to keep the house chilly. Others may become sunburned and wilt in the sunlight provided through a window if you have a hot summer.Always do research on the types of plants you're wanting to grow. And make sure that you have a suitable climate or can keep your home at a temperature for those plants.
Think about anything to flavor your dishes or make an excellent salad. If you want to grow plants with deep roots like carrots, large container methods are best. Or you'll need to put them in the ground! But, it is possible to grow indoors or on a patio.
So newbie gardeners, don't fret. You can start growing an edible garden on the cheap, regardless of space, right away. Just be aware of what zone you're in. Pay attention to any special soil requirements and you'll grow your own dinner in no time!
Have questions? Advice? Comments? Maybe you just want to brag about your latest crop, or share a recipe from your garden? Please leave a comment and let me know what's on your mind!