With so many lands filled with artificial fertilizers and those few that are not calling in as organic and, therefore, more expensive, probably growing your own food is the best way to go. If you already have a yard and a garden planted in it, maybe a nice and tidy orchard is a great option.
You can actually grow your own food in your backyard and you do not even need to be a farmer or an agronomer. Follow these simple steps and you will be going on your journey to a tasty salad and great seasoned food. Not only will you have the satisfaction of eating your own produce but you will be helping improve your health.
Benefits of Growing Your Own Food
There are several other benefits associated with growing your own food.
- You eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
- Fruits in the supermarket lack some nutrients that they did not pick from the soil since they had to be picked up early to avoid rotting on the store’s shelf. In your own garden, you pick up freshly ripe fruit and vegetables straight from your yard to the kitchen.
- You decide what kind of fertilizer and pesticide comes in contact with your food.
As we stated earlier, growing your own food is not complicated at all. The people at Centuria Landscape Design advise you to start small and then progress from these once you feel confident in handling more plants.
Before getting started, consider these tips:
- Use soil that is free of any contaminants.
- You may want to use a raised garden bed. This will allow you to better control the soil.
- Make sure that the spot you choose has at least six hours or daylight and rain.
- Start small and with plants that you will really eat. Maybe you want to plan for selling to your neighbors later on.
- Ask professionals about what are the crops that grow best in your region.
Steps to Make Your Orchard
- Prepare the soil. Test the quality of the soil in your yard with a home testing kit or send a sample to your local agricultural office. This will allow you to know what is the texture and what are the nutrients in your soil. This is important for plants to have sufficient nutrients from the soil.
- Mix in some compost, manure, and leaf and grass clippings. This will help provide nutrients to the soil. Use manure that has been composted. Never use manure from animals that eat meat.
- Grow plants that will grow well in your soil and your environment. Consider the spot in your garden, the amount of sunlight and water that they will be getting, and the quality of your soil.
- Plant your seeds in beds that you will not be walking on. Allow enough space between beds to help air circulation and avoid the formation of fungus.
- Water your plants every day. The best time to do this is in the morning since there is not much sunlight and winds are not too strong. This reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation.
- Get rid of weeds. They will always be around to pest you. You have two options: Remove them by hand and make some exercise and get on the outside or use chemicals on your food. Your choice.
Good luck on your endeavors and enjoy growing your own food from your own backyard.