If you are looking for a rewarding, educational, fun and healthy activity, have a think about growing your own food. At home. Home harvesting.
There are so many benefits to ‘farming’ your own produce and with the advancements in products today, you can set up your own fruit and/or vegetable patches anywhere; whether it be a corner of a balcony to a large area in your garden. Never say never until you have given it a go.
Why should I grow my own food?
Home product gardens provide individuals and families with food that can be grown successfully in local soil and climatic conditions.
- Foods will always be seasonally appropriate and naturally ripen.
- You will contribute to the bigger picture by reducing energy associated with packaging and transportation
- And, you will reduce the number of chemicals being used – as your demand will no longer be as great.
Health Benefits Of Home Grown Produce
Let’s not forget the health benefits that are associated with home harvesting.
- Increased physical and mental well being
- Improved diet and nutrition
- A greater understanding of food and their ‘makeup’
- A significant cost savings in a time of rising food prices
Get the family involved
If you have young ones at home this can be a wonderful family activity. It can be fun, educational, rewarding and healthy. It has also been stated by many families of fussy-eater kids, that having a child watch their fruit and vegetables grow and being a part of the whole production, helps with their desire to consume.
What if I don’t have the space?
Growing food at home does not require you to have a whole paddock available. It could simply be a planter pot with herbs, a trellis for tomatoes, or a small garden bed with some potatoes. You can use a hanging basket, a window ledge, or a corner in your backyard to harvest your produce. Never say never.
A home food garden
Your home food garden does not have to conform to any system or be like anyone else’s. It is always a bonus however if you can design and manage your garden sustainably.
By this I mean choosing natural and organic soil improvement regimes, create plant diversity to minimise pests and diseases, practice crop rotation (where possible) and plant hygiene to prevent diseases. Make sure you also comply with any local water regulations or better still capture rainfall onsite. You will be growing healthy, nutritious food without the use of artificial chemicals and fertilisers.
And it’s easy
All you will need is three little things:
- a little knowledge
- a lot of enthusiasm
- some help along the way
Follow along with all the information here to help. Covering off building your own garden bed, soil, fertilisers, worm farming, planting, pests and diseases, crop rotation and home grown favorites!