Today, more people are becoming extra conscious about their health. This explains the increasing demand for organic vegetables. Did you know that you can grow your own vegetables at home?
The best thing about growing your own vegetables is: you can be sure they are indeed organic since you use the best gardening practices. If you live in an apartment, you don’t need to worry because you can always grow your vegetables on your terrace or balcony.
Gardening can be a cost-effective, therapeutic, and rewarding venture. However, it requires lots of patience, care, and maintenance. You’ll need to make some preparations prior to beginning.
For instance, you should identify a suitable area for your organic terrace garden, choose your preferred plants, and select the containers where you’ll grow your plants. Further, you need to prepare the organic liquid fertilizer you will use in your garden. The following tips will help you get started.
Choose Your Space
The terrace is a perfect area where you can grow healthy organic vegetables because it receives a sufficient amount of sunlight all day long. Further, you can put a greenhouse or even a green shade on your terrace if your preferred plants don’t need excess sunlight. Better still, you can move some of your plants indoors to keep them away from the sun.
Get the Correct Plant Containers
You don’t have to grow your plants in expensive decorative clay or even earthen pots. You can use some of your old containers or old household items that you no longer use such as milk crates, helmets, water bottles, and bathtubs.
Clean your containers well and fill them with soil. Add your organic liquid fertilizer to nourish your plants with the nutrients they require to thrive. Don’t use cement, rice, or flour bags as they are susceptible to disintegration after some time. Ensure has enough holes to aid drainage before planting your vegetables.
Purchase 100% Organic Seeds
Organic gardening begins with the seeds you use. If they are not 10% organic, then the end product can’t be organic. Ensure your seeds are 100% organic. Getting organic seeds doesn’t have to be an arduous task like was the case in the past. Today, you can easily find your preferred seeds from e-commerce platforms online. With the increased accessibility to the internet, you can easily use search engines to source for your desired seeds from diverse online platforms.
Whatever you do, always buy your seeds from a reputable company. You may want to go through their customer review section for the purpose of doing your due diligence. This will give you an overview of previous users’ experience from which you will decide whether or not to buy from them. If you can, buy fresh seeds as older ones may be treated which beats the whole idea of having an organic garden.
Start with Easy to Grow Plants
Are you new to gardening? If you are, you want to begin with easy to grow plants that don’t need too many resources and time. You want to grow plants that are not easily attacked by pests such as spinach, mint leaves, lemon grass, amaranthus, holy basil, and chilies. With time, as your garden grows, and as you gain experience, you can diversify your plants to include plants with a longer turn around.
Have Sufficient Gardening Tools
Some of the tools you will need for your gardening include sprayers, gloves, rakes, composters, shovels, growth stimulators, and plant pruners. This way, you will be well prepared to treat your plants as and when the need arises. You may need other gardening tools depending on the size of your terrace garden.
Preparing Your Soil
Just like any other garden, nutrients are vital for a good harvest. You will need sufficient organic liquid fertilizer for your organic garden to enhance the growth of your plants. The good news is: you can prepare the fertilizer yourself using readily available ingredients in your home such as Epsom salt, ammonia, and vegetable waste.
Organic gardening is exciting and rewarding. Apart from having sufficient healthy and fresh veggies for your family, you can even produce a surplus for sale depending on the size of your garden.