6 Things to Know Before You Start Growing Your Own Food

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty

6 Things to Know Before You Start Growing Your Own Food

With a little bit of knowledge and a lot of patience you can grow your own food. I have fond memories of going to my Grandparents house and picking fresh food from the garden to eat for dinner. Here are some great tips for growing your own food:

 

1. Anyone Can Grow Food

If you don’t have a big, sunny backyard, take heart: You can still grow food. A balcony or even a windowsill will work. If your space is shady, most salad greens, and even blueberries, can grow well.

 

2. Start Small

Gardening is a skill that takes time to learn. If you’re new to growing food, start with just a few potted herbs or one raised bed. Embrace mistakes and don’t beat yourself up if you lose a crop to slugs. Gardening is a forgiving practice: You can always begin again.

3. Good Soil is Key

Don’t expect results from your yard’s existing soil. To grow vegetables, you need rich soil with lots of nutrients.

Before planting anything, get the best soil you can find, preferably organic. If you’re working with a full-size yard, find a soil supplier in your area and arrange a delivery. For container gardens, you’ll want a good-quality potting mix.

To keep your soil fertile year after year, you’ll need to add compost every spring.

4. Gardening Takes Time

You can’t just plant seeds once at the beginning of the year and walk away. Gardens thrive with weekly planting, thinning, weeding, harvesting and pruning, and may need to be watered as often as twice a day if you’re in a hot climate. When planning your garden, take your schedule into account. A full backyard may need up to 10 hours of work a week, while a small balcony can get by with only a couple of hours.

5. You Still Have to Wash Your Vegetables

Even when your crops are pesticide-free, it’s important to wash them thoroughly to remove soil, bacteria and parasites.  A big salad spinner will be your best friend

6. You Can Grow a Lot of Food

With just six 8-by-4-foot raised beds in a sunny backyard, you can easily feed a family of four all the kale, tomatoes, carrots and greens you could possibly eat without having to go to the store, plus enough extras to freeze or can for the winter. If your space is smaller, a collection of medium-size planter boxes can keep you supplied with the salads you need.

The benefits of gardening are immense. Growing food is a fascinating hobby, an effective stress reliever and a surprisingly good workout — just watch your back when it comes to digging. Growing a significant portion of the vegetables your family eats, or even all your vegetables, is more attainable than most people realize. By starting small, setting aside time each week for garden maintenance and not getting discouraged if things don’t go perfectly, you’ll be well on your way to garden success.

 

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Ronald Curtis
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I had a "Victory Garden" from 1942 to 1944, and it was great fun. Was able to sell carrots, radishes, lettuce, and peppers to local vendors. Needless to say it was a different time, and everyone was tolally involved in the war effort. Hopefully, we will prevail over the virus as we did over the Axis.

Apr 14, 2020 03:09 PM #1
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This is timely advice to share. I wish I had better gardening skills.

Apr 15, 2020 07:15 AM #2
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Ronald, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon

Apr 16, 2020 01:37 PM #3
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Roy, gardening takes a lot of time and patience. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Apr 16, 2020 01:38 PM #4
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Pat, this is the time of year I REALLY miss my garden at the old house.   I have several pots to do urban gardening, but sort of not the same thing.  Great information for those wanting to get a garden going.

Apr 16, 2020 04:36 PM #5
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Joan, I find that gardening is a great way to relieve stress. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Apr 17, 2020 09:26 AM #6
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Pat

Not something I choose to do. However, if the current produce scarcity continues here in the Bay Are, who knows. cheers cvc

Apr 17, 2020 12:05 PM #7
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Hi Pat Champion - A nice refresher for those of us who are contemplating a little gardening time! I like the way the growing sections are set up.  I have a sloping back yard and have to figure the best method to keep the critters out. 

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Gardening is soaring right now, for a variety of reasons. I hope folks continue their interest into next Spring too. We love to garden and it brings us pleasure and great food. Plus, we love to share. 

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Thanks for these great tips for having your own Garden! This post is a good reblog !

Apr 21, 2020 06:03 AM #10
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Curtis, I understand. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Apr 23, 2020 09:30 AM #11
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Sheri, We have the same problem in my market area the critters. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Apr 23, 2020 09:31 AM #12
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Debb, My Dad always loved gardening it was a way for him to relax. I think if more people start doing ti they will like it.

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Michael, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Apr 23, 2020 09:36 AM #14
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Hello Pat,  Growing a garden was always fun growing up but now I pass on it and only grow flowers.

 

Apr 24, 2020 12:12 PM #15
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Will, I too love flowers. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great afternoon;l

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Thanks, Pat, for your comment on my recent post.

Have a very special weekend.

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Roy, Your welcome. Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

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