Growing Your Own Food During A Pandemic
With the current pandemic requiring many of us to stay home, we are sharing tips on how to start growing some of our food during the coronavirus pandemic.Grow your own food, which provides enhanced food security, plus other benefits. In light of the pandemic, maybe it's time to take things to the next level.
The weather has generally been exceptional, creating the ideal circumstances for growing your own. Vegetable gardening is an inclusive activity and can be enjoyed by anyone with some garden or pot to grow in.
What if you have no idea how to plant a garden? Starting this week, we will share tips about basic vegetable gardening.
Follow the Tips For Growing a Vegetable Garden:
Like in the farm we can grow anything in our balcony/terrace with basic knowledge and minimal care and most of the vegetables can grow throughout the year.
Garden Location: Find the little bit of space and time for your health whether it’s in Balcony or Terrace or Backyard- Most vegetables require sunlight throughout the day. Leafy vegetables like spinach Amaranth, Sorrel, lettuce, kale, and herbs are tolerant of partial shade, but vegetables, which produce fruit or underground structures require 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight, including tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, beans, and others.
Decide what to plant: Growing vegetables is not a rocket science, find the interest, learn from the mistakes,and grow whatever you want and feel the joy of growing your own food.If you are a beginner into gardening start with Leafy vegetables as these are easy to grow even with little care and gradually move to veggies like Tomato, Bhindi, chilies etc.
Try growing in containers: You do not need a big garden to grow great vegetables. You can grow whatever you want even in the small space in your balcony or on terrace. A lot of vegetables can be grown in pots, buckets, or bags with great results. Using the right kind of soil/compost with plant feed will give as much as a traditional vegetable garden. The containers are readily available in any imaginable shape and color, you can even very easily make your own from almost everything that will hold the ground.
Try raisedbeds: They're a lot easier to care for than plants that grow in the ground. They have a convenient working height, keep your vegetables out of the way of foot traffic and pets, and have improved drainage, which is ideal for our rainy summers. Raised beds may be placed on grass or on a hard surface on terrace, and they look neater in the yard, as well as in a polytunnel or greenhouse.These come in a range of sizes and shapes to accommodate any growing requirements.
Start a herb garden: Herbs are extremely simple to plant, with the majority of varieties being ideal for growing in pots and containers. In our climate, some herb plants, such as basil and coriander, must be grown indoors or under shelter, but the majority can be grown outdoors. Parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary, and thyme are all relatively trouble-free to develop.
Grow Microgreens:Microgreens can grow even in your kitchen in small containers, do not need sunlight and can harvest in 7 to 14 days.
Microgreens are highly nutritious and organic, and they are very easy to grow. Microgreens are young, tender green vegetables used as a culinary ingredient that are harvested at the first or second leaf level. Microgreens have a lot of energy and nutrients in them. They contain up to 40 times the amount of nutrients and 6 times the number of vitamins as their fully grown counterparts.Microgreens can be grown from almost any vegetable, but the Brassica family is the most common. Cress, mustard, daikon radish, broccoli, cabbage, and oriental salads like pak Choi(bok Choi) and tatsoi are all examples. You can also grow basil, dill, beetroot, peas, cilantro, rocket, and mizuna. Microgreens are great in soups, salads, and sandwiches, as well as a garnish.
For more details on how to grow microgreens you can find the below article. https://www.seedbasket.in/BLOG/how-to-grow-microgreens-at-home