It’s Week 22 of 52 Weeks to a Healthier You! Today we’re talking about something I’ve never ever tried before – how to grow your own produce.
Okay. I take that back. I did attempt to grow sprouts (I think) in first or second grade. I vividly remember being the only child in the entire class whose sprouts did not grow. Every other kid’s little styrofoam cup had green shoots. Mine had nothing. I was mortified.
So I’ve been hesitant to try growing vegetables myself. But I keep hearing that growing your own produce is “easy” – and what better way to make sure you’re eating your veggies than to have them growing right in your home, right? 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not a health or fitness expert. Please consult a medical professional before starting any new health or fitness regimen.
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Starting to Grow Your Own Produce
Since I’m a complete gardening newbie (and I mean, complete), I have to do a lot of reading and research about what kinds of vegetables I can plant, when to plant them, what to plant them in – the works. But one thing I have found is that you don’t necessarily have to have a lot of yard space to grow produce.
We have a decent-sized backyard, but it’s definitely not big enough for a full garden. And we have possums and other animals in the area that would probably decimate anything before we could eat it. The really cool thing is that you can grow some plants inside where you can control the temperature and the environment. Neat!
Apparently, you don’t even need a lot of supplies to get started. So far, I’ve seen a few absolute necessities: something to grow your plant in, soil to put around it, seeds, some type of fertilizer, and plenty of water. This is definitely more doable than I thought.
Vegetables That are Easy to Grow
Based on what I’ve been reading, it seems as if the following vegetables are especially easy to grow: tomatoes, carrots, herbs, beets, and onions. Now I’m not crazy about beets or carrots, but tomatoes are literally my favorite vegetable/fruit ever. Naturally, I’ll be starting with those. Supposedly, you can even grow cherry tomatoes in a five gallon bucket!
Here are a few more resources and books that can help you get started growing vegetables on your own:
Have you ever tried to grow your own produce? Was it a success? Do you have any tips to share for budding gardeners (like yours truly)? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to join our 52 Weeks to a Healthier You Facebook group!