Our mother nature is experiencing a major problem right now, and we as human beings living in this planet earth, is very much responsible for all of these things. The universe is so abundant with all its natural resources, but a lot of them in our environment, were already been destroyed significantly.
It is time for us to work together, and do our part to save our nature for a sustainable future and for a healthy generation to come. We may start by planting fruits or vegetables in our own garden or backyard. Garden is a place where we see butterflies, birds and other insects, that’s what they consider as their home.
Vegetable home gardening is becoming popular nowadays, because people put more emphasis on their health. Vegetables from our own garden are higher in nutrients, not to mention all fresh and free of pesticides and chemicals, unlike the kind of what we are getting from the groceries. Having your own fresh produce from the garden, lower the cost of your grocery expenses, as well as providing your family with healthy, organic vegetables. It makes our meal healthier, tastier and interesting.
Significance Of Home Gardening
One of the significance of home gardening is that it helps one’s mind well and feel happy. It is also considered to be a relaxing and creative activity. It can also be an excellent hobby that gives delight and inspiration to some people, while doing it during leisure time. Regardless of age, plenty of us appreciate the calming, peaceful activity that comes along with it. It can also be a shared experience within the family, especially for children who might be interested in participating in any garden activity.
Gardening is a great stress reliever for some, and somehow creates positive moods. It provides a rewarding motivation to achieve that hours of exercise needed per week to make it happen just by spending time tending the garden. It really offers a lot of health benefits such as good heart health, then in the end it may lower the risk of stroke, especially for seniors and retired people who are just staying at home.
Planning A Magnificent Vegetable Garden
Spring is the time when we see tiny plants sproutng out from the ground, birds happily chirping up the trees, then Summer comes along. It is a delightful feeling knowing that the best of the weather and temperatures are about to come. These are the seasons when we think about being in the garden and enjoy every moment of it. This is the best time to plan ahead a layout of making a good garden, a vegetable garden. In preparation for your projects, start to fix some objects such as the fences, sheds, trim tree branches that may overshadow your future plants.
The size of the garden will depend on the available space in your backyard, and the amount of work and time you can readily give to your garden. It will be best to have the size that is just large enough for the enjoyment of the whole family. If you don’t have that much space and you just have a patio, you can always use containers. There are a lot of ways on how you can position your garden. You can do a home-built vertical garden, you can use poles for climbing plants like beans and zucchinis, or home vegetable garden box.
Choose The Proper Location
Pick your best location as to where you plan to plant any particulat seeds, or transplant a baby young plant you purchase from some garden nurseries. All plants, including vegetables needs at least 6 hours of sunlight to encourage strong growth and plenty of harvest. It s best to locate your garden in an open site where they can get a full sun, and not overshadowed by trees. If it is located against the wall, then it should be facing the midday sun to get the benefits the plant needed, just like tomatoes. Some certain crops like lettuce, spinach, green onions etc., grow well in cooler weather and in shady area.
An open position for each plants is needed so that there is good flow of air that can go around them, as well as sunlight that can pass through. The more sunlight they receive, the greater harvest and bigger and tastier crops there will be.
Importance Of Good Soil
Good soil is well-drained, moist enough to have steady growth for plants. Plant’s roots penetrate on soft soil more easily. A fertile soil contains all the basic nutrients like nitrogen, phosporus, magnesium and potassium. The soil has the ability to hold the water and keep the moisture for the plants, and it also contains food and air needed by the plants to grow well and healthy. Healthy plants get fewer diseases, and never attract pest and insects that kills or slows their ability to grow well.
Make sure the soil has been prepared before planting, cultivated, and weeds pulled out. There might be a need for the analysis of the exiting soil, many nurseries provide this kind of service. If your soil is defficient with some essential nutrients, enhancing the soil with good organic compost fertilizer, and organic top soil to be mixed with the existing soil is a must. It is better to do this at least 2 weeks prior to planting in order for the mixture to blend well. You can add organic matter in many different ways, like compost, shredded leaves and animal manure.
Grow Best Varieties That You Love
It is best to start your project having an idea of what kind of vegetables you want to plant in your garden. Which varieties really interests you is important. You might want to choose the kind of crop the family enjoy. There are some easiest vegetable you can grow like green beans, okra, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants.
Space your crops properly. Plants are not to be set too close to each other so they won’t end up competing with the amount of sunlight, water and nutrition each of them should be getting in order to fully mature. Harvest time is around 2 to 3 months after planting.
There are ways or easy techniques that can be use for climbing vegetables to keep them off the ground, and at the same time will save space. One is using a trellis, crops can easily be seen if they are hanging while growing, instead of being on the ground. Trellissing allows air and sunlight pass through the plant. Another one is using a wire cage especially for crop like tomatoes. Place the cages over the tomato seedlings, and train the branches while they grow.
You need to give some thoughts on how much time can you spend and devote to raking, weeding, mulching, watering your plants, and all other things to do to maintain a good garden. You should pay attention to your garden after planting, especially during the time when they are beginning to grow. That involves pulling out weeds around the plants, watering more often as needed.
Be Happy And Live Healthy
Garden is a nature’s gift to humans. Growing and cultivating our own produce is important for the obvious reasons that we cannot eat, drink or breathe without them around us.
I believe that growing our own produce or vegetables will give a great opportunity for us to reduce the amount of pesticides or chemicals use in the garden, thus making them healthier for us to consume. There is really absoutely nothing better than eating fresh veggies from our own garden. So, let’s live happier and healthier.