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Friday, July 11, 2014
How to Grow your Own Local Produce
How to grow your own local produce?
A recipe to grow your
The day after I wrote my previous blog, the one about the
food trends, I received a message from a Facebook friend, living in California.
She sent me a couple of stunning pictures, showcasing her, I must say, very impressive
vegetable garden, the place was beautifully kept and what impressed me most was
that everything they had planted was growing in pots.
I thought that when all these incredible looking vegetables
can grow in pots than all of us should be able to have our own home grown
produce.Maybe we do not all have or
live in a Californian climate but there are definitely vegetables that can grow
in different climates and when they can grow in pots you should be able to grow
them anywhere, on your balcony or indoors, in case you do not have a garden.
Upon asking, she told me that the pots, they are all black,
become very hot and they need to water them daily because the climate she lives
in is pretty hot at times. She gets her husband to do the watering, I found that
an idea on itself.
I live in a hot climate as well, but have not been able to
grow even one vegetable in a pot, the proof is on the left, so I decided to
try and figure out how and what is the best way to grow your own vegetables.
I Googled it –up.
Unfortunately for me, I do not know a lot about gardening let alone
vegetable gardening, I rely on what I read (and think that I can believe what I
read), in that respect I always get a little up-set when I come across
statements that are not helping me. The first statement I found was ‘You can
grow vegetables in a pot, even when you do not have much sunny ground’. Next
line ‘all you need is a big pot, soil and six hours of sun per day. Poof, I am
out. To be fair I decided to read a bit
further and found that six hours of sunlight actually meant six hours of
daylight, benefit of the doubt for that one.
How to start and what
Important part is the type of soil to use, sounds like getting
the right ingredients to cook a dish, I understand that a lot better.
Temperature of the soil seems to be important as well, also something I can
comprehend. Gardening is like cooking and can therefore be fun.
You need to use a high quality mix containing peat moss and
perlite, blend in a complete fertilizer, preferably an organic one containing
alfalfa meal, bone meal or kelp meal. It is starting to sound like a recipe by
now and I am getting more exited. Soil polymers help to regulate the dry wet
cycle especially when you water by hand, these small crystals absorb their
weight more than one hundred times in water and keep the roots of your precious
baby plants moist when you forget to water them for a day or so.
Some soil temperatures
at planting time:
least 60 degrees
least 55 degrees
Cucumbers at least
least 70 degrees
least 60 degrees
least 45 degrees
When you get your soil temperature within this range, you’re off
to a pretty good start.
Any vegetable that grows in the ground can be grown in a
container, as long as you use drainable pots. Big sized crops like pumpkins may
not be worth the effort but you don’t have to stick with so called patio
varieties. Most standard size vegetables are suitable for container or pot
culture. For beans and carrots, plan to sow the seeds directly in the soil
filled container. Grow other types of vegetables from seed or purchase ready to
go plants. Eggplants, peppers and tomatoes take about eight weeks to develop
into seedlings ready to be replanted into a bigger pot.
Loads of Tomatoes
I truly believe that growing your own vegetables is worth a
try and can be very rewarding and cost saving. I wish to thank my Facebook
friend for this great idea and allowing me to use the pictures from her
When you become a successful gardener and have a respectable
Pre-prepare the excessive crops, vacuum and freeze.