Growing your own food, even a little bit is an excellent way to shake up your life and give it a little bit more meaning. There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of being able to turn to your friends at dinner and say: “Yeah, those tomatoes you’re eating… I grew ‘em. No big deal.” Think about this: all of human civilization, as we now know it, was brought about because of agriculture. There was a time where most of spent at least some time harvesting our own food, to some degree. Start with one tomato plant- see what happens, take a risk.
Growing your own food is actually pretty easy. You’ll need sunshine, dirt, a edible plant of some kind and probably some water at some point. Empty olive oil cans or other clean, re-used pots can be used to hold your “crops.”
Things you can grow in containers
Even with a small balcony you can grow vegetables. The key is having a large amount of sunlight. If you’re someone who can’t remember to water everyday in the summer, then home agriculture may not be the best option for you.
How to get started:
1. Buy some seeds. Any seeds will do and their are multitudes of heirloom and organic varieties available.
2. Buy some dirt. Dirt comes in bags. *shrugs*
3. Buy or find some pots or containers. Know that from seeds, plants will need to be raised in small, shallow containers and then transplanted later into much larger pots.
4. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! Read the back of the seed packets carefully and follow them to the rule.
5. Too much to remember? Go to a garden centre, buy a bunch of vegetable starters, take them home, stick them in pots and water them regularly. Go have a cup of tea, stand over your garden and look proud.