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How to Have Your Plants and Eat Them Too

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How to Have Your Plants and Eat Them Too

There are few experiences quite like growing your own food. It’s equal parts hard work and leap of faith. You plan, you plant, you water, and you wait. With patience (and sometimes, a touch of luck) you’ll get to make meals with the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you’ve grown yourself. They’re as fresh as possible, extremely affordable, and well worth the effort. Intrigued? Here are some tips for enriching your meals with fresh-grown produce: 

Planning Your Plot 

Before you dive into planting, take some time to make a plan:

  • Start by evaluating your space, light levels, and climate to figure out which plants are most likely to thrive. 
  • Consider getting your soil tested so you know if you need to balance your pH levels. 
  • Don’t let minimal space intimidate you: There are plenty of foods that grow well in apartments
  • Container gardening and vertical gardening are two great ways to make the most of a small porch or balcony

Caring For Your Plants 

Consistency is the key when it comes to gardening. 

  • If you’re just starting off, use plants that all need roughly the same amount of care so there’s less to keep track of. 
  • Prefer a more complicated task? Use a garden planner to keep track of each plant’s care plan. 
  • If you know you’re likely to forget to water your garden, consider setting up an irrigation system. This can easily be done with a manual valve; however, if you really want to get sophisticated, you can set up a watering system with globe or ball flow control valves. 
  • Regularly aerate your soil to ensure your garden gets the right water balance. 
  • Check your plants for signs of disease or pests so you can take action. 

Harvesting and Storing

Once they’ve grown, it’s time to chow down! 

Gardening is an excellent hobby. It gets you outdoors, fosters dedication and patience, and yields an excellent result. Keep these tips on hand as you develop your green thumb and discover all gardening has to offer! 

Article by: Carrie Spencer
Website: 
http://thespencersadventures.net/
Photo Credit: Reshot

 

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