Growing your own food may sound difficult but it doesn’t have to be! Growing your own food can be anything from having a potted tomato plant on your balcony to having a full fledged garden in your back yard. You can even become part of a community garden and grow your own food there. Any food you grow yourself is fresher and tastier. It cuts down on emissions from food travel (since it’s grown right there at your home!) It also encourages you to try foods you might otherwise turn your nose up at. It teaches children how a plant grows from a seed and where our food comes from. Working in a garden is also very therapeutic.
If you have never grown your own food and would love to give it a try, head to your local library. These are just a few of the books I found at my library today.
"Garden Problem Solver" by Mitchell Beazley
"The Suburban Micro-Farm" by Amy Stross
"City Farmer" by Lorraine Johnson
"Fresh Food From Small Spaces" by R.J. Ruppenthal
"Homegrown Harvest" from American Horticulture Society
"Raised Bed Revolution" by Tara Nolan
There are also plenty of resources online. Here are some wonderful articles on planting your first garden.
One of the best ways to learn more about gardening in your area is to look for someone who has a successful garden and talk to them. You can learn which veggies work best in your area. What to use for pesticide and fertilizer. And local sources for seeds and supplies.
Growing your own food is very rewarding, great for the environment, and can be as easy or as challenging as you’d like it to be. If you’ve never grown anything, start with potted tomatoes. Then move forward as you feel more comfortable! It will be worth it!