With the increasing costs of produce and spring on the horizon, now may be a good time to consider starting a garden and growing produce from home. Not only will you save money, growing your own produce means a healthier life for you and your family.
Seeds can be ordered online or bought at your local garden store. Once your produce is harvested, you can use the seeds from your ripened products to plant new produce. So many vegetables, fruits, and herbs can be added to your garden this season!
Tips before beginning:
Growing foods indoors can be a rewarding experience, yet you’ll want to set yourself up for success by considering the following.
Choosing a container: When deciding which container to buy to have the most successful harvest, choose between non-porous (plastic, metal, fiberglass, glazed), semi-porous (wood, pressed fiber), porous (clay, unglazed ceramic, terracotta). Choose a container that best suits your growing purposes. Porous and semi-porous lose moisture more quickly and require more frequent watering than non-porous containers. So, porous and semi-porous pots are best used to grow plants that do not require large amounts of water. The most common container to grow plants in indoors is a simple, large plastic container. The container you choose should match the size of your plant. If a plant become too big for the container size, you may have to transfer them into larger pots or containers to give them room to grow and develop their roots.
Access your exposure: Most plants need at least eight hours of sunlight, so look for areas in your home that aren’t shaded or exposed to the sun a majority of the day.
Know your dirt or soil: Most soil can be enriched with compost and will be fine for planting. However, you’ll have to determine how much organic material and mulch you’ll have to add to make it fertile. A local gardening center can be a good resource to get precise information on the right soil for your plants.
Make a seasonal plan: Once you determine what will grow best in your home, what you like, and what time of year certain plants will flourish, you should create a schedule to keep you organized. Again, a local gardening center can help you plan.
Plant shopping: The best choice when choosing seeds is to go with local companies. Local seed providers have developed seeds that are adapted to your specific region. If you don’t have a local seed company, go for the bigger seed companies that are known for having high quality seeds and share where their seeds came from. A few good brands are: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, and High Mowing Organic Seeds. Consider what you like to eat, what grows well in your region, a variety of seeds, seeds based on your goals, and try to get something new and have fun.
When deciding how many seeds to plant, follow the directions on the seed packaging and try to plant the seeds generally, two or three times as deep as the seed’s diameter.
Warmth – Keep in mind that plants prefer cooler, more moist conditions than is typical in our homes. Consider turning your thermostat down at night and you will find some plants will reward you for that.
The price of crunchy and fresh lettuce has dramatically raised over the years. If you find yourself buying lettuce on a regular basis, growing your own can be more cost-effective.
Lettuce seeds can become ripe in about 40-75 days during the spring and summer months. Plant 2-3 seeds per container every 2-3 weeks to avoid a surplus of lettuce. They continue to grow, so you can harvest them again and again whether you choose to grow the lettuce inside or outside.
Lettuce grows best in a flat, fairly shallow container with good drainage. Make sure to choose a spot with direct access to the sun.
Basil, Rosemary, Parsley
Are you looking to add great flavor to your recipes at a low cost? After all, any one of these herb plants can produce at least 50 times more than the amount that you get for the same price in stores.
At most, the herbs only need six hours of sunshine each day, so try to grow them in a roofed outdoor area or inside anywhere with access to sunlight.
The herbs can reach ripeness within 10-40 days in the springtime. The plants will have the most success in pots that are between 6-10 inches deep, allowing the roots to grow freely.
While parsley can effortlessly flourish as an indoor plant, rosemary and basil need to adapt themselves to less sunlight before they can live indoors.
The finest way to guarantee that your rosemary and basil plants reach ripeness is by gradually adjusting them to less sunlight as they grow. Progressively transfer your plants from direct sunlight into a deeper shade, and then allow them to familiarize and produce new growth before taking inside your home.
Basil, rosemary, and parsley normally need slight maintenance once taken indoors. They will need a few drops of fast-acting liquid fertilizer each week.
Tomatoes are great because of the many varieties you can grow. They are a must-have for your at-home garden because of the diversity of dishes they can be used for.
Tomatoes are an easy-to-grow vegetable as they can be grown indoor or outdoor in a small container, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Basically, tomatoes can be grown anywhere as long as they receive sunlight.
What’s so special about gardening tomatoes is they give you multiple harvests throughout the year, and the plants themselves last around six years, along with good maintenance.
Green beans come in all kinds of sizes and colors, and the plant flourishes in small places and all kinds of weather, making it a good choice for a home grower. The beans need to be harvested mid-spring after they are fully ripen within 50-60 days.
Make sure to pick the ripe green beans occasionally to allow new green beans to develop.
Plant the seeds one to two inches deep. Be sure to water the seeds immediately after and then regularly until they sprout.
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Strawberries surprisingly grow great in containers and pots, and they even thrive indoors, so you can have fresh strawberries all year long.
Pick a sunny spot by a window and a large enough container that can handle their eventual size. Harvest them regularly as they begin to ripen to make room for additional growth.
Garlic is known as one of the most versatile vegetables. With the price of store bought garlic increasing, now may be the time to start growing your own garlic, which can add more flavor to your cooking.
Planting the garlic in the mid-fall to early spring months is best. Garlic takes around 7-8 months to fully harvest.
All you need is an individual garlic clove and well-drained soil.
Planting your own bell peppers can save you a lot of money in the long run if you frequently purchase them.
They are typically grown in the late winter or early summer and take around 70-90 days to fully harvest. If you like sweeter peppers, keep them on the stalk longer until they turn yellow or red.
Peppers can be grown inside in containers or trays, and to ensure they grow successfully, make sure the soil is quality and the plant is near the sun.
Broccoli is best grown in the cooler spring and fall months. Broccoli takes 50-100 days for complete ripeness. During that period, you should make sure to fertilize the soil often since broccoli blooms in rich and fertile environments.
The strength of the plant and the large yield makes broccoli one of the most profitable vegetables you can grow in your own garden. Also, mature broccoli heads can be frozen and kept for a year at most, which gives you a dependable supply of vegetables all year round.
Broccoli needs a lot of sun, water and fertile, well-drained, moist soil.
By having a healthy harvest of produce ready for yield during the changing seasons, you will be able to provide your family with healthy meals at a much cheaper price than the store bought counterpart.
What kinds of fresh food are growing in your garden? If you need any help deciding where to start, Ask A Pup!
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