When our appetites grow and food prices go up, we can’t help but cower away from the grocery store. And we think to ourselves, “Is there a less costly alternative to buying everything we eat from the supermarket?”
The good news is yes, there is. Plant your own tomatoes, lettuce, basil, oregano, and mint. With your own hands. Basically any soil-friendly fruits and vegetables that you cook, you can grow in your own garden.
Here’s a quick guide:
Step 1: Prepare a Compost Pile
Great compost keeps your food and yard waste away from landfills and it enriches your soil. Create your own using an improvised bin made of wood, and mix kitchen scraps, leaves, garden trimmings, and manure.
Don’t worry about the foul odor; once you put the soil on top, the smell is manageable.
Step 2: Test Your Soil—or Buy from a Gardener’s Shop
Some types of soil are not really good for plants. So if you’re starting an organic garden, test your soil with the help of an organic gardener, or buy a soil testing kit. You can also buy a healthy batch from a gardener’s shop.
Put about six inches of soil over your compost, and water the mixture to foster microbe action—, which is good for your plants. Water it every day for a month before you start planting.
Step 3: Choose Your Plants
Since you’re a first-time organic gardener, go for plants that make organic growing less frustrating. Go for mushrooms, mint, and rhubarb. Instead of head lettuces, go for the leaf variety as well.
Make sure to check the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zones. The general rule is that the hardier a plant, the better for those who don’t have green thumbs.
More than anything read up and do your research. Or maybe ask an organic gardener on how you can start your own garden, and more importantly, how you can nurture your plants better. After all, those plants will nurture you right back.