Monday, 20 April 2015

Take Green Living to the Next Level by Growing Your Own Food

Anyone who's passionate about green living has probably considered growing their own food. If you produce your own fruit and vegetables, you know where it's come from and how it was grown. It's one step that takes you closer to being self-sustainable, instead of needing to use an enormous food supply chain. A lot of people start a vegetable garden, even if they don't have a lot of space to grow things. Even someone who has never gardened before can start growing a few plants in their backyard or even in their kitchen. If you want to take green living to a new level, check out some of these fruits and vegetables that are easy for even children to grow.
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Potatoes

Potatoes are a pretty versatile vegetable that are happy to grow almost anywhere. Even better than growing in different soils and climates is that you don't need to plant them in the garden. You start by letting the seeds sprout in daylight, then when they're ready you can start growing them. Either you can plant them in your garden or you can put them in a clean trash can or laundry basket instead. So if you don't have a lot of room outside, you can grow your potatoes in a corner somewhere inside, wherever you have the space.

Strawberries

It's difficult to grow a lot of fruits if you're short on space, because many of the ones we're used to grow on trees. But strawberries are lovely to grow, and they don't take up too much room. You can plant them in your borders, in a hanging planter or anywhere you like. Once you've looked at strawberry plants for sale and chosen the ones you want, you just need to give them plenty of sun, shelter and water. Strawberry planters are ideal for planting in the spring and harvesting in the summer. If you want to extend their season, buy a perpetual variety or everbearer, which will give you strawberries from early summer to early autumn.

Peas and Beans

Peas and beans are super easy to grow, and you can also plant them with other vegetables. In South America, beans, maize and squash are the traditional combination to put together. The beans can grow up the stalks of the corn, and the squash grows along the ground and helps to combat pests and weeds. Or you can grow your peas up a trellis and watch them flower, or plant your beans with bean poles.

Cabbage

Cabbages are easy to grow, but you could end up needing a lot of space. The heads can grow to be enormous, and weigh up to 5lbs. It won't take long to grow them, and cabbage is very versatile when it's time to cook with it. Make a coleslaw or salad, put some in a stirfry, pickle it, make spicy Korean kimchi, and much more.

It's much easier to start growing your own fruit and vegetables than you might think. Have a go today, and you could have a harvest by summer.



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