The world is currently engulfed in crisis because of a novel disease that has wiped out hundreds of thousands of our fellow human beings. There is no escaping COVID-19, it’s like that hit song you don’t really like but end up singing because of its ubiquity. Everywhere you go, COVID this, Corona that. It is definitely exhausting__ from all angles.
Staying informed is an exhausting yet rewarding exercise.
There are multiple ways to lift your mood during these precarious times. Instead of using our time in isolation overthinking about what will become of us in the next couple of months we can use it to experiment with hobbies, learn new skills, or sharpen a dormant skill set. Even though some hobbies are merely for escaping reality there are those that add value into our lives beyond the short term.
One hobby that yields prolonged positive results is food gardening. Beyond the obvious fact of food being a need, there are other benefits to connecting with nature, lowering anxiety is one of them. People who have been eating home grown produce have also expressed the immense euphoria attached to eating something you were directly involved in producing. Unlike genetically modified produce, there is a considerable amount of time between planting and ingestion when it comes to home grown produce. There is joy to be found in the journey to your yield.
Subsistence farming has been around since Mesopotamia. As the term states it was done as a way of sustaining a household. Each household had a patch of land where they grew their essentials, and in some cases there was communal land where villages grew a variety of produce for the benefit of all inhabitants of said community. Times kept moving and we became less concerned about where our food comes from and were preoccupied with finding ways to thrive in the New World Order.
Mass production of food has a lot of negatives attached to it. Of course growing your own basil and carrots won’t immediately reverse the damage that has been done. You will however be eating healthier and feel a lot of pride when you plate your hard work. Everybody knows boutique is cool and healthy is cooler of course you want to be cool and healthy.
You can choose what type of garden you want based on your resources. You can choose the ‘Container Garden’ if you have limited space. If you have access to land with good soil you can go the traditional “In-Ground Garden Bed”. The cool thing about gardening is that you don’t always have to have land, the “Window Box Garden” is perfect for people who don’t have the luxury of land. Those three methods are just some of the ways you can venture into the world of vegetable gardening. We will explore the aforementioned methods, hopefully one them works for you and your space. If none fall within your desired trajectory, Google and YouTube have all the keys. You can even use old 2 Litre plastic bottles for gardening, it’s wonderful. We are gonna list what you need to get started and what type of veggies you can grow under each method below.
The Container Garden
Because of the restrictions in space there is a limted number of produce you can grow in a container. Container vary in width and depth. You can either go the the DIY way and create your own container or buy a ready-made container. The DIY way will give your container more personality and it can cost a fraction of what a quality ready made container from store will.
What you need;
2. Gardening soil
3. Hand rake or tiller
6. Compost (for heavy-feeding plants like squash)
What you can grow;
6. Green onions
8. Green beans
The In-Ground Garden
What you need;
1. Patch of land.
2. Healthy soil.
What you can grow;
The options here are almost limitless. You can grown anything from lettuce to sweet potatoes. You can even colour coordinate your garden if you have the imagination and resources.
The Window Box Garden
This is exactly what it sounds like, a box by the window.
What you need;
1. A window box (DIY or ready-made)
2. Garden soil
What to grow;
The options are sowmwhat limited with this method because of multiple variables including space. This method is often used to grow relatively uncomplicated (do not have deep roots) produce like spinach and lettuce. The window box garden is also conducive to growing spives like chives and basil.
As obvious as it is, we should point out that water is central to the growth of whatever you are growing regardless of which method of gardening you pick. Just had to remind you, it’s hectic right now a lot of forgetting is happening. Water is life.
Compost is another vital element of a healthy garden, some people’s soil is so verdant it does not need extra nutrients. Chances are you are not one of those people so having compost will make your yields richer. And you don’t even have to buy compost, you can make your own using your household’s biodegradable food waste and wood shavings. Everything is on YouTube, everything is YouTube.
Of course there will always be haters in the way of greatness. That is why you need pesticides to get rid of the garden haters commonly known as pests. There are different types of pesticides depending on your crop. What works for your neighbor might be deadly for you. Learn about the composition of whatever pesticide you are thinking of using before you activate.
Wash your hands, lotion your hands, wear a mask.