Mother Nature cares for us, and so we should care for Her. Of course, many people do – they recycle packaging, furniture and clothes; they walk or cycle to work instead of driving, and some have turned vegetarian or vegan. However, people still trundle to the supermarkets; they stock up on pesticide-ridden produce and buy more than they’ll consume. People forget that locally sourced foods are powerfully eco-friendly.
So, what can you do about it? If you have a garden, designate a plot of land and turn it into a vegetable patch. Grow your own produce so you can rely less on the supermarkets, with the added benefit of knowing your food is free from harmful chemicals. Not only are these chemicals harmful to you (potentially cancer-causing), but it can also harm the water we drink, the soil we grow crops in, the wildlife, and even the plants we’re consuming. Pesticides may stop caterpillars from nibbling on a lettuce leaf, however, in the long run, it can reduce crop yield, damage us, and mistreat the world.
Plot Your Land
When deciding where to place your vegetable patch, make sure it’s a place that’s regularly enriched in sunlight: you’ll need about five hours of sunlight a day. Also, ensure your vegetable patch is away from other plants – this helps keep slugs at bay.
Once you’ve determined where to place your vegetable patch, start digging. You need to rid any weeds and break up the soil. You don’t have to dig too deep – at least the depth of one spade is adequate. Mix compost into the soil, as this better your chances of growing great vegetables – you can even make your own compost, however, if this isn’t possible for the time being, compost from a local garden store will do the trick.
Decide Your Plants and Space Them Accordingly
Plants should never be crowded together. Otherwise, they will be weak, small, and lacking nutrients. It’s recommended that you should leave 20cm around salad leaves, 45cm around a row of beans, and 75cm around a row of zucchinis.
Growing plants can be difficult, and for the beginner, you may not have much success at first. You need a schedule; water and care for them accordingly. If you have a busy schedule, you can always hire a gardener to tend to your patch.
There are ways to increase your chances, though. Consider HydroHobby Hydroponics, which provide an efficient and effective method for starting your plants. Using a hydroponic system as a nursery for your precious plants increases the speed at which they grow –50% faster than those in soil. Direct and permanent access to water and the necessary nutrients, allows the young plants to use energy for growing rather than root formation. Bettering your chances of growing a sustainable vegetable patch means you have tastier produce (you don’t have to rely on supermarkets after failed crops), and you can grow twice as much.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are higher in nutrients than those that have travelled miles to reach your supermarket (which also contributes to carbon emissions); it can also save you money and time. It increases physical activity, promotes healthy lifestyles to your children, and if in an allotment, can also foster a great sense of community. If you do not have the space in your back yard, apply for a space in a community garden, or if there isn’t one, contact like-minded people and start your own.