Start Your Own Crunchy Garden

~ a guest post from Dave

 

One of the reasons that many people want to buy land is because they want to live a more sustainable lifestyle and grow their own food.  It is quite easy to get started – it’s not even necessary to have a lot of room, as a great deal of crops can be produced in a relatively small space.

Green living is not just beneficial for the person growing and using the plants.  It is also beneficial to the environment and over time can save the gardener a great deal of money.  There is an immense feeling of satisfaction when eating something that has been homegrown rather than bought in a store.

Getting started

 For a truly green garden, it is important to use natural products such as composts and fertilizers.  Don’t waste time looking at artificial products – compost works brilliantly and can easily be made at home with scraps from the kitchen and some garden waste.  As an added bonus, it will cost no additional money to create.

When first starting out, it is best to begin in a small way with just a small patch of land, but those who feel ready for the commitment may decide to turn over almost all of their land to growing vegetables.  Different types of vegetables can be grown at different times of the year, which will ensure a constant supply of fresh produce.

Plants to grow

 Careful planning means that the grower can produce an array of vegetables to feed the whole family.  This can include potatoes, onions, carrots, peas and many more.  It is a good idea to assess the soil type and work out which plants will grow best in which areas of the garden.

 A crunchy garden can contain all kinds of edible plants.  Herbs are a fairly straightforward choice for most people, as they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  There are plenty of types to choose from to satisfy many different purposes.  Some people grow herbs for medicinal uses, while others want to be able to add some different tastes to their culinary creations.

One of the best ways to get started with herbs is to use plants that have already sprouted, as some herbs are difficult to grow from seed.  These can often be planted as soon as the warmer weather arrives in the spring.  If there is still a chance of frost, then it is a good idea to wait.  Gardeners should also be prepared for the plants to take a year or two to grow to their full size.

Mint is a must for any herb or crunchy garden.  It can be used to make tea or added to a variety of recipes for a fresh and sweet taste.  Mint is also very resilient and has a tendency to spread if left unchecked, so planting it in a pot rather than in the ground is recommended.

Going green is easier than many people believe, and no matter how much or how little space is available, it can be put to good use.  With only a small amount of effort, delicious food can be added to the family table without great expense.

 

 Thank you Dave!

Comments

  1. Who is Dave? Also, you may wish to look into square gardens. Here’s a link to a 4×4 garden and it’s results: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151362983939942.578101.225850979941&type=3.

  2. Oh yeah mint can definitely take over. However it’s a rather pretty herb plant and so fragrant and useful! 🙂

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