Being a self-sufficient gardener means looking after your garden and growing, plants, fruits and vegetables in a way that is harmonious with the environment. In an age in which many people are trying to be healthier and have a better impact on the environment they live in, sustainable gardening is an effective way to ensure your family eats organic and fresh as well as reduce your carbon footprint. The road to self-sufficiency is not an easy one, but with some planning, foresight and hard work it is doable and reaps rewards. If you have always dreamed of an off-grid lifestyle, are just starting your homesteading journey or are preparing for an economic collapse, whatever your reason, you can start your own self-sufficient garden today. Here are some helpful tips and advice to get you on your way to help make your journey a successful one.
The first thing you need to decide is if you are going to grow your fruits and vegetables indoors or outdoors. If you have a back garden, you only need a small space to plant seeds, but if you don’t you can still grow some foods in indoor containers. The main thing you need is plenty of sunlight and water for your seedlings to grow. Vegetables such as tomatoes do require more space however and can be more difficult to grow indoors.
This leads me on to your next decision, what you are going to grow. Most vegetables are easy to grow and usually yield a harvest in one to two months. Different plants require different environments, some vegetables need lots of sun and can withstand heat well and others vegetables less light and can’t withstand hot temperatures. Where you live will determine a large part of what you grow. Another factor to consider is what you and your family like and dislike. Popular vegetables to grow are onions, salad and tomatoes because they are versatile for a number of dishes, which maximizes your self-sufficiency.
The next task is ensuring the soil used is optimal. Soil is different everywhere so when you have decided where you are going to grow your plants, if it is outdoors, you need to prep the soil. You must be sure to clear out rocks as these can be an obstacle to the growth of plants. Indoor containers are composed by the soil you select, so this is not as important, but with outdoors soil the level of ph. can affect what vegetables you can grow. You can purchase kits that help you determine the levels in your soil.
The next stage is organizing self-sufficient care for your garden and plants. Installing a water tank can be a great option. They harvest the rainwater that falls onto the drains and stores it until you are ready to use. Harvesting rainwater through water tanks is a completely self-sustainable way to look after your garden. Rainwater is far better for plants than tap water, which can contain chemicals that are not found in rainwater, making it better for your garden and promotes a healthy grow. After all of these tasks, you are well on your way to becoming a self-sufficient gardener. Start small and as you achieve success, add on to what you have already grown. Soon you will be waving goodbye to the supermarkets and you will have everything you need on your doorstep.