There is nothing more fulfilling and rewarding than growing ever-so fresh and tasty fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices in your own yard. Gardening may seem quite intimidating at first, but it isn’t quite so. With the right tools and skills, you can be an expert in growing a bountiful garden.
Here’s a quick guide to growing your own stockpile of necessary items (food) in bulk in your very own backyard or garden.
1. Make Sure You Have Space
How much space do you need to grow a garden? Not much! If you want to grow fresh produce for a small family, a garden of 10 x 10 feet is ideal. However, if you want to plant plenty of fruits and vegetables for canning or giving away, you’ll need to consider a bigger space.
2. Consider How Much to Plant
The next important thing to consider is the amount of necessary items you want to grow in your garden. This will entirely depend on the number of people you have to feed. If you have a family of three, you obviously won’t need 10 watermelon plants unless you’re planning to grow them in bulk – for feeding the poor or storing them away.
If your aim is to grow plants in one-go to avoid the hassle of frequent planting and harvesting, you may want to consider planting goodies more than required. For instance, a family of three typically needs four pots of basil plants, but to grow the herb in a stockpile, planting twice the usual requirement will be ideal.
3. Maintenance Is Key
Gardening requires patience and a solid commitment. You need to look after the plant you grow, frequently or less often, depending on the type of plant you’re growing. However, even the least fussy plant needs a certain amount of attention. You have to ensure you provide it with the right lighting, temperature, amount of water, etc.
You will also have to check for infestations or plant diseases. Remember that your entire garden can turn into ruins if attacked by a harmful pest of diseases. So, before you grow any plant, make sure you are aware of its growing and maintenance needs.
4. Opt for Quick-to-Grow Plants
Some of the fruits and vegetables that take less time to grow include berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.), green leafy veggies, peppers (red, green, yellow), cucumbers, garlic, and tomatoes.
Growing herbs is also a great option since they are easier to grow than fruits and vegetables. Some common herbs that you may want to consider are basil, thyme, oregano, mint, sage, bay leaves, and lemongrass.
Growing your own food is a fantastic option during times of scarcity and shortage. Once you have harvested fresh produce in great quantities, make sure to preserve them so that you can enjoy them in the off season as well.