Do you know all about smartphones and technology? Of course you do. Now, do you know how to grow food, without which you cannot survive? Chances are, most of us don’t know jack about gardening and never cared to find out! But here’s the thing: an edible garden is more than just a pretty accessory on your kitchen window.
In fact, growing one’s own food is so important that one day, our survival might depend on our ability to sow seeds and grow a plant. Still, this is something we are never formally taught.
The problem lies in both, our education system and our own ignorance. Not many believe that learning to grow food should be part of our training and upbringing. Who has the time to start from scratch, right? With fruits and vegetables easily available these days, why learn to grow food at all? Here’s why:
Growing your own food can enrich your life in more ways than one
First of all, it saves money. Your expenditure on groceries will cut down to half when you start growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Doing so is also quite healthy, since the produce will be purely organic without any chemical residue. Not using pesticides or insecticides is also good for the health of the planet.
Moreover, the preservatives present in the food you buy from the market could wreak havoc in your system in the long run. Growing your own food is a step towards food safety.
What’s more: gardening is a great exercise too. And while homegrown food is healthier, it also tastes better because you are picking it and cooking it directly — from garden to table!
Vishesh Mehta, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, says, “I nurture a small kitchen garden where I grow my herbs, which I use for different herbal teas. I also enjoy my homegrown tomatoes. There is nothing like growing your on food and cooking a nice recipe with it, savouring every bite, as you know the effort you’ve put in to get it on the table!”
Sounds wonderful and rewarding, doesn’t it?
Here’s one more reason to set up an edible garden. When you buy veggies from the market, you won’t think twice before tossing them in the bin (should they rot or be in excess). On the other hand, if you’ve painstakingly grown your own vegetables, you will consume them no matter what. This would directly help prevent food wastage.
Hopefully, we’ve convinced you to set up an edible garden. Even if you live in a small flat with no backyard, it’s possible to do so.
How to grow food in small homes
If you live in a tiny city flat with a small window or a balcony where sunlight can peep in, you’re good!
Lokpriya Scherz Gupta, 29, is a homemaker and a gardener by passion. Here’s what she has to say: “I think every house must have its own little (window) garden or rooftop garden where they can grow some easy stuff like tomato, beans, and herbs. One should make their own fertiliser from their kitchen waste, which will help to keep our environment green.”
That’s a great piece of advice! You can plant certain varieties of herbs in small pots or containers. So save up those empty cheese and butter containers and reuse them to make pots.
For bigger plants, especially climbers like tomato plants, build a vertical garden up against a wall. You can also add pots to this wall garden, given that it can withhold the weight.
Now all you need is some soil, water, and some basic gardening tools. You could learn more by watching videos online or taking up a gardening class, such as this one.
Go on, get your hands dirty and build your own patch of green!
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