One of the main concepts that make us different from most animals is that we can grow food. The fact that humans started growing food meant that we could finally stop focusing solely on providing nutrients, but we could focus our time and energy on philosophical matters as well.
Unfortunately, a lot of us have completely forgotten how to do it because of the convenience supermarkets provide. Growing your own food, however, is not at all difficult. In the beginning, there will be a steep learning curve, but that’s why we are here to help! All you need is a backyard with a free patch of land.
Plan Which Crops You Want to Plant
This largely depends on where you live, what kind of climate you have, and what kind of soil you have in your area. The amount of rainfall and the amount of sunshine will play an important role here. Make sure also to learn when each crop should be planted. Each crop has a growing season, which you should respect and learn about. Some plants thrive in spring, others in autumn.
Choose Where to Plant
The location where you will plant your crops will also play a role in deciding which plants to choose. Some require more land, others require less. You can either plant your crops in the open backyard, or you can make raised beds. Raised beds are a great solution if you are not planning to plant large quantities, and the soil in your yard is not suitable.
You can make ‘beds’ using wooden planks and fill them with nutritious dirt and compost. Just make sure to position them somewhere with a plentitude of sunshine, which most crops require.
Water It and Provide Nutrition
If your area does not have enough rainfall, make sure to water your plants regularly. Each plant has different needs when it comes to water, so educate yourself about the crops you are planting. Depending on how rich your soil is, you might need to add some nutrition as well. It’s best to talk to seasoned farmers in your area who have been dealing with the soil for a long time and who know what kind of treatment it needs to provide a good yield.
Pick the Yield and Preserve It
Pick the yield when the time is right and preserve it properly if you cannot eat everything. Pickled vegetables, jam, marmalade, and other preserves are a great idea!