Gardening and planting vegetables and herbs is a beautiful and underrated venture. Beautiful because it gets individuals out in the fresh air and allows them to develop a relationship with nature and underrated because it’s a way of cutting expenses at the grocery store, and yet, people still opt for the Whole Foods and the SuperValues.
There’s a stigma around gardening and that growing your food is a lengthy and challenging process. While gardening does require a degree of patience, setting up a garden is relatively straightforward, and most vegetables and herbs grow with minimal care.
Getting Started with Your Garden: What to Plant and Where
When deciding what to grow, know that there’s a variety of options. Tomatoes, for instance, are considered to be starter crops, and they also have great adaptability to most weather. Strawberries are also considered a good starting fruit, as they are easy to grow. Note, however, if you’re growing strawberries and tomatoes, they have to be spaced apart from each other. Cucumbers are another popular choice, but it’s a choice that requires ample growing space as the roots of cucumbers tend to spread out. Cucumbers are pretty versatile, too, in the sense that you can also grow them to make pickles.
If you’re looking to start a herb garden, it’s best to start indoors as this enables you to monitor the garden’s growth. Eventually, you can take things to the next level and move outside. There are different ways to go about growing herbs, such as using individual pots or a large plot with slots for various herbs.
Popular herbs to grow include chives, which are easy to grow, and cilantro, which not only adds zest to your food but like chives, cilantro grows with minimal care.
Gardening is good for the soul and your monthly grocery bill. Some have even found it has done wonders for their social life as they felt more inclined to invite friends and family over for dinner. Before you start your gardening adventure, make sure you’ve done all your research on your desired crops.
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