All foodies love food, that’s a fact. But within this bell curve are varying degrees of that. Some foodies love trying out new pop up restaurants, others love cooking at home and some have an absolute fascination with the future of food. In fact, more and more and falling into the latter category. And what does the future of food look like? Simple. It looks locally produced.
For years and years, we’ve heard about how meat eaters have a carbon footprint a gazillion time’s worse than that of an avid vegan, but we are starting to realize that this isn’t quite as black and white as we’ve been led to believe. Put it this way, someone that eats beef sourced from a farm down the road is being a lot kinder to the world than that vegan who gets their organic pineapples sourced from the other side of the world, their delicious fruit getting picked before it is ripe and then transported to their supermarket via truck, train, boat, and plane.
Yup, locally sourced food is the way forward. The biggest question is, how do you ensure your food is locally sourced? Well, a fairly awesome step in the right direction is to start using FarmDrop to do all your grocery shopping. However, the best step of all is to start growing food in your own back garden.
It’s cheaper, the crop is tastier, the planet is better off, your kids can get involved and you’ll get to enjoy that feeling of, “yeah, you see that delicious and nutritious produce on your plate, I grew that.” Of course, getting a vegetable patch right isn’t the easiest of tasks to undertake, which is what we are about to help you with because below is our Beginner’s Guide To Planting Your Own Veggie Garden. Enjoy.
It Is All About Location, Location, Location
Location is everything so, after deciding you want to be the proud owner of a vegetable patch that delivers an abundance of fresh produce, the first thing you want to do is pick the sunniest spot in your garden space. What this will do is ensure you have stocky fruit and veg that is resilient to disease and produce a much bolder and sweeter flavor. In terms of how much sun, the most warm-season vegetables – carrots, tomatoes, chilies – need between six and eight hours of sun a day. If you don’t have anywhere that offers this much sunlight, don’t despair just yet, you can still have a garden that is packed full of other delicious things like peas, lettuce, strawberries, and spinach.
The Key To A Good Garden is Good Soil
The success of every garden starts with the soil because that is what keeps the vegetables going and going strong. Most ordinary soils are pretty fine for growing vegetables, but it is always best to avoid anything that ventures too far on the spectrum. The sort of thing you really want to aim for is moist soil, that is well-drained and good friends with composting. The other thing you will want to concern yourself with is the soil temperature (which is why we made location top of our list). To make life a little easier for yourself on the moist-front, try and have a water supply as close to your vegetable patch as possible.
Give Yourself The Best Chance Possible
When you are first starting out in the gardening world, it will seem like everything is trying to go against you. Weeds, slugs, snails, birds, perpetual cold weather without any sign of rain. You name it and it will try and test you. That is why it is so important that you give your hopes and aspirations the best chance possible. That could mean having a greenhouse and filling it with all the greenhouse supplies you could possibly need, from additional heating to better ventilation. It could be that you need to raise your beds so that they are off the ground and away from rabbits. It means keeping on top of weeding so that slugs and bugs have nowhere to hide or, better yet, surround your little plot with a path so that birds are able to pick off any creepies trying to nibble on your veggies. As for protecting your produce from aerial attacks, nets are your best hope. Like we said, it is no easy feat having your own garden, so make sure you have everything you need in place to grow your success rate.
Life Is All About Timing
This is your first time and creating your own little crop from which to feed off, so you can be forgiven for getting a little bit excited. But try not to start sewing any vegetable seeds earlier than you should. The best way to ensure you keep to the recommended guidelines is to look at the advice printed on the back of each packet. The reason you shouldn’t start earlier than recommended is because vegetables that get off to a poor start – thanks to variables like low light and too much rain – seriously struggle to recover. Instead, it is much better to err on the side of caution and plant your seeds later than recommended – towards the end of the advised window. That way your young veggies will have more sunlight than expected, which will boost what they produce.
Make Your Own Compost The Easy Way
One of the things that always cuts us deep is the fact 40% of all food that is produced goes uneaten. Luckily, a large chunk of the food you waste can be turned into make-it-yourself compost, which is hands down the best type of compost out there. But it isn’t just kitchen peelings or leftover veggies that can be turned into the perfect compost mixture, it is also things like cut grass and those prunings you’ve collected from looking after your flowers. All of these can be turned into compost that will help feed your vegetables that much more, and that will mean they feed you that little bit more too. It’s the circle of life that doesn’t get anywhere near as much attention as it should.
*This is a collaborated post