STEPS TO STARTING AN AT-HOME GARDEN DURING QUARANTINE
Eating clean during COVID-19 and quarantine is more important than ever before because making sure that your immune system is functioning to its full capacity is in the best interest of your body. Of course, when you hear eating clean, you automatically think of fruits and vegetables that you don’t necessarily care for. But, instead of complaining, why not make it fun and beneficial with starting your very own at-home garden?
Gardening can initially appear a little difficult, but it is extremely rewarding in the end. In order to have the results that you want, it’s important to start with the proper steps. Planting in sunny places, moist and well-drained soil, and stable environments is by far the most important.
Watering is the key to survival when it comes to gardening. Understanding the soil type, how much water vegetables need in order to grow, how to efficiently water vegetables and keeping up with how much water your garden is receiving all go hand in hand.
Majority of soil contains three particle sizes- sand, salt, and clay. Type of soil matters because it determines how well the soil will absorb water. For example, clay holds water very well and can possibly be watered once a week. Salt on the other hand should be water twice a week and sometimes more. As far as monitoring the water your garden is intaking a rain gauge is beneficial. The only way to learn how much water your garden needs is through observation.
Next, is choosing what size garden you desire to start with. Make sure that all of the rows run north and south so that your crops are receiving the proper amount of sunlight. When organizing your garden, be sure that all plants can be accessed so that weeding and harvesting won’t be so difficult.
After designing the garden it is now time to choose the types of vegetables you would like. When considering the vegetables, be sure to pick vegetables that you actually like and, of course, don’t overplant! Also when choosing, be sure to pick vegetables that will grow well in your geographical area.
Now that fall is here, it is important to plant vegetables that are in season. Before planting, it is best to research crops that grow best in cool weather. Turnips, mustard greens, carrots, broccoli and rutabaga are great examples of the crops that will grow perfectly during the colder months, but there are plenty more to choose from. In case you really take interest in gardening, some crops that you can grow later in the warmer months are eggplant, cucumbers, corn, melons and kale. Vegetables can take up to 70-125 days to fully grow.
Gardening will be a great help to you right now and in the future. To ensure that your immune system stays in tip-top shape during quarantine, eating clean is the best choice. Yes, it takes a little time, but it’s worth it. Eating clean and having the vegetables you love right in your backyard is truly ideal!