Groceries are expensive. Don’t you wonder sometimes why you need to spend so much on something essential to your survival? Well, off the grid living is a trend nowadays and many people have proven that you don’t need to live a life that is dependent on spending a lot.
Now, you don’t need to completely cut off from the grid. But you might still want to consider it since some of their practices could be useful to you! Most of these people live off of vegetable gardens. Not only is it healthy (with the proper amount of protein from meat), but it will also help you save a lot of money. With the proper knowledge, you can grow your own in the backyard and even in the patio of an apartment.
But keep in mind that this is not like your mobile farm games, wherein you can easily do some trial and error. Making a mistake in gardening can be disheartening because of how much care you have to put to successfully grow something. You don’t have to worry though, for there are a few essentials you can learn to be successful. Here are some of them:
Time in the Sun
Sun is an obvious need for planting anything. But not everywhere has a direct exposure to the sun all the time so placement is the key. Take note that most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of exposure. Obviously, placing it in a setting that gets a lot of shade is not smart. Also, it will be helpful if your water source can reach your garden unless you want to use a bucket.
Proper Vegetable Placement
If you already found the best place for your garden, then you have to think about the placement of the vegetables themselves. Your tall plants can cover your small ones. You need to make sure this doesn’t happen. It is recommended that you set up your vegetables in rows to be elongated from west to east and arrange them by height with the tallest ones in the north.
This goes without saying. But vegetables can’t just grow in any kind of soil. When vegetables are young, they grow faster in loose soil because their roots are still weak.
Fertilizer, Compost, and Mulch
Soil is not just dirt. It’s an ecosystem full of organisms that help your plant grow. That’s why gardeners add fertilizers and compost to your soil. These add the essential nutrients needed for your vegetables to grow. While these are mixed with the soil, mulch is also added on top of it to keep water from evaporating and deprive unwanted weeds of sun.
If you live in an area with a lot of wildlife, then you want to keep them out. You don’t want your hard earned veggies getting eaten by something else. Enough said.
Raised beds solve a lot of issues in gardening. By having a raised bed, you no longer have to test your soil if it’s suitable for planting or buy a soil pH meter. It is all you need to provide good potting soil for your plants. Aside from that, here are a number of its other advantages:
- Save space
- Save fertilizer
- Convenient maintenance
- Efficient plant growth
Large Pots with Drain Holes
The larger the pot, the larger the space for which the roots have to grow. This means that you’ll get to grow more vegetables! You just need to make sure that these pots have holes so they properly drain. Most planting pots already have holes, but if you have one that doesn’t have any or choose to upcycle something into a stylish pot, then you can always drill some holes onto it. This is a good option for people living in apartments because they can hang them up for better exposure to sunlight and to save space.