Many of the world’s largest and wealthiest countries are currently experiencing costs of living crises, due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on their individual economies. Because of this, everyday goods like fruit and vegetables are increasing in price. A very effective way of countering these rising prices is to grow one’s own fruit and vegetables.
Growing one’s own food isn’t just a good way of saving money, it’s also a very effective way of ensuring that one’s food is entirely organic and free from chemicals.
This article will present a few useful ideas on how you can grow your own fruit and veg:
Indoor Planter Boxes
One of the main reasons that people avoid growing their own fresh produce is because they do not have access to a garden or outdoor space. According to the interior design specialists from Just DIY Décor, it’s entirely possible to create indoor herb and vegetable planters. These planters can be made from anything, from wood to porcelain. Indoor planters should be positioned on a windowsill, so they can get plenty of light. Indoor planter boxes are very easy to create and the materials required are very affordable.
Another method of growing your own fruit and veg without having access to a garden is to rent an allotment patch. Most large cities and towns have allotments available to residents, although they often have long waiting lists. In some places, you can buy your own allotment. An allotment patch is a large patch of arable land, which you can use for growing anything. Allotments can be very busy, so unless you live in a very rural area, privacy is unlikely. Some allotments are targeted by thieves, so erect a fence around your patch to protect your plants.
If you have a garden, then you can grow fruit and vegetables in your garden. If you are going to do this, then make sure that you study and research cultivating fruit and vegetables. If you don’t conduct extensive research, then there’s a very strong chance that your first few crops will fail. It is very common for first-time growers to mess up their early crops. The larger your garden patch is, the more room for error there is. You can either enrol in an online course, buy a book, or ask for advice from experienced growers that you know.
Wherever you grow your fruit and veg, insects will target them. You need to make sure that you protect your fruit and veg from insects, which you can do by either applying sprays and chemicals to your plants or putting protective netting over them. Most people advise against applying chemicals because they can leech into your plants. There are also some other organic pesticides that you can use for deterring insects, including:
- Nicotine Sulfate
Most experts recommend the use of nets and barriers to deter unwanted pests, however, because pesticides, organic or not, can also deter beneficial insects.
If you want to grow your own fruit and veg, then you will save yourself money, and potentially improve your diet. Growing one’s own fruit and veg isn’t easy, however. You need the room to do it. Thankfully, you don’t need much room – even your kitchen counter will do!