A Guide To Self Subsistence: Tips For Growing Your Own Food
Larry Alton / September 26, 2015
When you buy your produce at the grocery store, you never know for sure just how many hands have been on your food. Store bought produce is oftentimes grown with pesticides and other chemicals. It’s also quite common that your produce has been genetically modified. The point is that there are simply too many unknown variables in play when you don’t know where your food is originating. The only true way to assure that your food is as pure and organic as possible is to grow it yourself. If you’re interested in embarking upon this journey, here are a few tips that will help you get started.
The soil is absolutely key
Being sure you have a healthy and rich soil to plant your seeds is the first step towards growing a lush vegetable garden. An organically rich soil will help your plants to produce stronger, juicier roots, and that will be extra helpful in producing beautiful, healthy plants above the soil. It’s recommended that when you plant your first round of produce to plant them using raised beds. This will give you more viable planting space, save you plenty of time, and build up a luscious soil base over time. Raised beds will also cut down on weeds, because the plants themselves will shade out anything trying to grab the sunshine.
Feed your plants naturally
If you really want to go for the all natural vegetable production, then you should skip using any sort of chemicals. No fertilizers, no pesticides…etc. You can still produce beautiful food by simply feeding your plants properly. Though it may not be so appealing to you, good and rotted animal poop is the best source of food for your food. You can probably even get by with no fertilizer if your soil is organically rich enough. Your plants will grow a bit slower this way, and, in turn, be more resistant to disease and pesky pests.
Water crops wisely
The best way to water your vegetables is not to just pour water from the hose once or twice a day. You should find a way to deliver water slowly throughout the day, usually about one inch a week. Drip lines, or even an old fashioned milk jug with holes in the bottom can allow the roots of your plants plenty of time to absorb the water they are given. When you just hose the plants down, the water overruns the plant’s roots, and can wash away valuable nutrients.
Consider adding mulch
A solid layer of mulch over your garden bed is a perfect way to help your plants hold in warmth and moisture close to their roots. The mulch will keep them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Mulch is a great weed repellent, too! Just make sure you know what you’re getting when you purchase your mulch. Sometimes they come equipped with lots of harmful chemicals. If you wish to retain the organic quality of your food, you will need to assure that your mulch is organic as well.