Most people have been making an effort to cut back on their carbon footprint for some years now. However, in the last few years, there has been a more significant push to have less single-use plastic, less fast fashion purchases, and more ‘self-sustainability’. And that in itself is very cool.
Recycling, using the car less when possible, cutting back on cleaning chemicals are all great efforts. And, even the smallest eco-goal is one worth making.
But, managing to produce a range of fruits and vegetables is an excellent addition to your efforts.
It’s easier than you think!
You might be tempted to rush out and buy as many seeds and small plants as possible. But you should start smaller. Think about what you currently eat, and what would be beneficial for you and your family. Laying the groundwork is going to be vital. The basic soil makeup to grow tasty veggies is plenty of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. In most bags of soil, you will get a great balance. Think about if you want to have your veggies in a greenhouse from Greenhouse Stores, straight in the earth or something else.
What To Grow
Lettuce is a great starter. There are a few different types, butterhead and iceberg are head forming, excellent for single line growing. Rocket is a great option to fill in space around the head forming types. They don’t take too long to grow, and you can take what you need and leave the rest of that plant to keep growing.
Tomatoes are such a great starting point. They grow pretty quickly and are relatively forgiving. Cherry tomatoes are great for kids to start growing, and the yield is pretty great too. You could choose to trellis your tomatoes, and you’ll get even more.
Peppers are started pretty early in small pots, and when it heats up outside, you can pop them in the greenhouse or outside. You’ll need to pick the peppers as soon as they are ripe to help keep them growing.
Potatoes are great if you have the space. You can take a reasonably sized planter and pop in a couple of old sprouting potatoes and let them get to work.
Strawberries – although not a veggie, might be one to add to your list. Much like tomatoes, they work really well to get kids interested in growing things and enjoying the moment, it’s finally time to pick the first berry.
The key to getting a significant amount of veggies (and maybe fruit) is timing. You’ll need to plant the seeds or plants in their directed months. Learn when and how to pot them up, and how much water and shade they need.
Much of what is glorious about gardening, specifically growing your own, is that you will get to cook and eat your hard work, and always enjoy fresh seasonal produce. And always remember, that planting extra if you can is a good idea, because some seeds, no matter what you do, will just never sprout.