There are a lot of concerns about nutrition these days. There are growing concerns about the use of pesticides on crops, and their subsequent effect on the environment. Not to mention the nature of the way supermarkets serve their produce days after being picked. That’s why so many people are adopting a Grow It Yourself (GIY) policy. The result? Fresh fruits and vegetables allegedly taste much better and are packed full of more vitamins and minerals.
It’s a no-brainer, then, that if you’ve got the desire (and the turf), that you, too, would attempt to Grow It Yourself. It may be easier for seasoned gardeners, but how do you get started with no prior experience? Well, that’s where this guide comes in, to help you achieve a natural, organic garden, no matter its size.
You have two options when it comes to choosing a location. The most obvious is your own backyard. Why not put all that soil to good use? Not all soil is created equally, though, and you’ll need to test its pH level to determine whether or not it’s suitable. If not, you could look into applying for an allotment space of your own. The size of your garden doesn’t matter. If it’s on the small side, don’t worry, you’ll just have to be a bit smarter about the way you plant your veg.
Once you’ve stocked up your pantry with a whole host of seeds, take care to read the instructions. A lot of people may gloss over them and just wing it, but that’s asking for disaster. Follow the packet instructions to the letter. Find a guide on when to plant certain varieties of fruits and vegetables. They all respond differently to the changes in weather and temperature. It’s also a good idea to brush up on how to make your own compost. That’ll save you an absolute bomb.
Preparing Your Space
You’ll have to do a great degree of preparation before you can dig in (literally). You’ll probably have to mess around with your soil, and smooth it over. You might want to look into a mini loader hire company to help with this, especially in smaller areas. You’ll also need to get to work on building your own raised beds. This isn’t as daunting as it sounds, trust me!
Deciding What To Grow
Obviously, this will mostly depend on your own personal preferences. If you don’t like aubergines, for example, you’re not going to fill your plot with them! Compile an exhaustive list of the things you want to try to grow. Then, consult the internet to find when is the best time of year to plant them. They’ll all need different degrees of care, including the amount of water and sunlight. Positioning is everything. You can find plenty of guides online for preparing specific vegetables.
Remember, keeping your land free from harmful pesticides is better for your crops and the environment! Look for alternative ways to deal with pests instead.