Growing your own food can be one of the most rewarding endeavours out there. While preparing a meal is always fun there is nothing quite like doing it with ingredients harvested from your own garden or allotment. Knowing what to grow and getting it all right can be tricky, but with a few simple tips and insights it can be a breeze. Remember there are no such things as green fingers, there are just people who have patience and who are willing to learn and then there are other who couldn’t be bothered. With that in mind, here are a few pointers to help get you started.
There is no need to start by digging up your whole garden. Rather find some light weight outdoor pots Sydney or any other major city will have nurseries or DIY stores that sell them. Add some compost and potting soil into the mix and you are ready to go. Plant vegetables and herbs to start, things like lettuce, parsley, miniature tomatoes or basil. Water regularly, then sit back and wait. If the pots are well placed in the sun and near the main body of the house, you can check on them daily and watching your vegetables grow and develop is a real treat.
You need to plan smartly when planting to ensure you have the right balance of product. The last thing you want is to end up with too much of one item – which is exactly what will happen if you plant twenty spinach plants at the same time. The reality is, no matter how much you like spinach (or any other vegetable for that matter) you can’t eat twenty plants worth of spinach at the same time. So, as you start to plant more make sure you mix the produce and that you don’t plant everything at once.
Not just about plants
Growing your own food doesn’t just have to mean plants. Chickens are great fun and a potentially key part to the plan. First of all, and most obviously, they lay eggs. Which is breakfast taken care of. But you can also create chicken tractors which are mobile chicken coops. The tractor is moved around the garden regularly and as it is moved the hens dig up the soil, turning it over as they go and mixing their drippings into the soil. The results are spectacular.
Think long term
Trees don’t grow up overnight, they take their time to get big and to bear fruit. So, if producing you own food is part of your master-plan then plant the right trees and wait patiently. The options are plentiful so do your research and plant things that will do well in your local conditions. And mix it up a bit. Plant a few trees to mitigate against loss, water and wait. Your reward will not just be in the form of shade, it will be a bounty of fruit to enjoy. Just remember, that unless you plant a large tree it will take a few years to yield dividends.