GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD

Gardening

Written by Tonya Rinehart

    Gardening is something that anyone, anywhere can do.  All it requires is a little time, some dirt and water, seeds of choice and then some patience and love.  Even if you believe you have a "brown thumb" gardening can bring you joy and help you to eat clean, fresh greens, vegetables and fruits.

    Gardening doesn't have to be done on large plots of land to be enjoyed.  Even folks in small apartments can garden, even if you have limited access to sun light. Most modern lighting can be bright enough to grow plants, and there are many kinds of sun spectrum bulbs available to supplement light if you have limited exposure to natural sunlight. 

    Many foods can be regrown from scraps - such as green onions, garlic, lettuce, celery and ginger.  Even carrot tops can be replanted - not to grow more carrots, but to obtain seed that can then be planted for carrots to grow.

    There are a wide variety of vegetation that can be grown, from microgreens and lettuces, to melons and squash, flowers that are as beautiful as they are edible and plants that can help clean the air in your home.

    Once you have decided what you wish to grow, getting started is easy.  Seeds need rich, loose soil to germinate in.  Place soil in a small pot, or prepare your garden area so the soil is loose.  Make sure the soil is moist, to offer water to the seeds you are planting.  After planting and covering your seed with soil, give them a slow but good watering.  Watering newly planted seeds too fast or heavily can cause them to float  up on top of the soil instead of remaining under it. Remember to label and mark your plants as many plants can look the same as they begin to grow.

    Most seed packets will disclose important information on planting depth, seed spacing and light requirements.  If you acquire your seed from a non retail source - such as a family member, friend, seed library or exchange and the specific information isn't available to you, this information is easily found on the internet, using a simple search such as "how to plant ______ seeds".   Additionally, there are many books available at the library on gardening and most states have a farm extension agency where master gardeners are usually available to answer questions for the public.

    After your seed has been planted, water them every couple of days or so as appropriate, and sit back to watch them grow.  Keep weeds at bay by pulling them as they emerge as needed.  Always be careful weeding seedlings so you don't accidentally pull out the plants you intend to grow. It may be helpful to learn about the plants you are growing. What do they look like as they emerge or germinate? How long does it take the seed to germinate? After the seedlings have grown some, it is helpful to mulch around them (if in the ground) to help with water retention and also to deter weeds from growing, shading and competing with your plants.

    As your plants grow and become larger you will want to keep a close eye on them to keep them watered and weeded.  Before you know it, you will be enjoying your own produce!

8 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Re grow Again and Again Inside your House or Garden
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8 Vegetables and Herbs You Can Re grow Again and Again Inside your House or Garden

here are 8 such Vegetables and Herbs You Can Regrow Again and Again in your garden. Do you throw your garlic-bulbs out once they start to sprout? What about your potatoes when they get a little wrinkly? How about ginger-root that sits out on the counter too long? Well, you could be getting a lot more value out of your produce than you may realize! Many popular edibles can be regrown from the scraps you're likely throwing-out. Keep watching for a list of veggie scraps you will want to hang on to, from here on out. 1.Basil Basil is a breeze to propagate. Simply take some healthy, fresh, 4-inch cuttings from a young basil plant. Leave just two sets of leaves at the top of each cutting, and remove the remaining leaves. Then, submerge the cuttings in a few inches of clean-water. It may take between 1-2 weeks for roots to form after which Plant it in a small-pot for the windowsill, or out in your garden.  2.Mint Another herb worth growing from cuttings is mint. Much like basil, you'll want cuttings about 4 to 5 inches in length. Remove lower leaves and place the cuttings in clean-water. Once roots develop, Transfer to a container filled with potting-soil.  3.Green Onions and Scallions Do you love to toss some green-onions on just about everything? Buy them once, and then grow them from the scraps on a windowsill. Place the root leftover from the green-onions in a couple of inches of water.  And in just a few days you'll notice roots form but also the leaves will start to grow. Continue to harvest while in water, or plant in a container of potting-soil. 4.Ginger Root Have you ever bought ginger-root and noticed little buds forming? Plant it! You'll have fresh ginger to harvest soon enough! Soak the roots overnight to encourage growth, and then you can transfer it to a container filled with potting-soil. Ginger doesn't like standing-water, so make sure your container has drainage-holes. ​ 5.Garlic If your garlic-cloves start to sprout, plant them! Garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow over and over again. One clove planted in the garden, in either early-fall or late winter depending on your area, can multiply into a bulb of multiple-cloves. 6.Celery Celery follows the same protocol as many others. Once you use the celery-stalks, save the end that's leftover. Place it root side down in clean water for around a week, then transfer the celery to rich, well-draining soil and watch it really start to take-off. 7.Lettuce Buy a fresh head of lettuce, make a salad, and plop the base of the leaves you're left with in a couple of inches of water. Within a week it will begin to regrow! And 8. Sweet-Potatoes If you love sweet-potatoes, consider growing them yourself! submerging more than half of a sweet-potato in a glass of water and sitting it on a sunny windowsill. Wait for sprouts to form and reach 4-inches or so Once roots form and grow a little, plant out in the garden. Please Subscribe! ▶ https://goo.gl/ksfh7M please note: The materials and the information contained on Natural ways channel are provided for general and educational purposes only and do not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. None of the information on our videos is a substitute for a diagnosis and treatment by your health professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provide. google plus: https://plus.google.com/b/113379601003474436812/113379601003474436812 Images licensed under Creative Commons: www.pixabay.com canstockphoto.com www.wikihow.com