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With the advent of a pandemic, many people are contemplating supplementing their groceries with a backyard garden. Homegrown produce can be extremely satisfying to your taste buds and will round out your pantry nicely, and a healthy backyard plot will produce plenty to share. If your family is new to gardening, knowing how to dig in can be a challenge, so Uplifting Content gathered information to help you learn all you need to know about planting, storing, and sharing what you grow.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Contrary Mary of nursery rhyme lore apparently knew how to grow a garden, and while it’s a beginner- and kid-friendly undertaking, there is still a lot to learn! From selecting plants to where to plant them and how to nurture them properly, there are resources to help you become a true gardener.
- Growing Conditions. As Gardening Know How explains, vegetables generally have certain growing requirements. They like rich, composted soil, bright sunlight, and each plant will need a certain amount of water and space.
- Beginner-Friendly Veggies. Choosing plants for your garden requires taking a handful of things into account, like how much space you have and the amount of sun plants will receive. Beyond that, some veggies are easier to grow than others, so consider some beginner-friendly vegetables for your first garden.
- General Gardening Tips. New gardeners are often surprised at the many benefits of gardening. From growing vegetables and fruits for your table to composting your kitchen waste, there are many guides online to help you along.
- Get Professional Assistance. If you need a little help getting your garden started, or you just need someone to freshen up your yard before you begin, seek out a professional landscaping expert to help. Use sites like Angi.com to find a pro you can trust with your yard and your new garden.
Fill Your Pantry and Your Plates
Many first-time gardeners are amazed at how prolific their gardens are! Thanks to your hard work, you’re sure to realize you have more than enough for your meals. Read on for some ideas on what to do with your produce—for yourself and for others.
- From Backyard Garden to Table. Growing your own vegetables is one thing, but harvesting and preparing your produce adds another aspect. GrowVeg explains with a little planning, you can make quick and easy meals from your backyard garden.
- Surplus Fills Your Pantry. A healthy garden will produce ample produce, and one of the things you can do with it is preserve the surplus. It’s a great way to ensure you have healthy vegetables throughout the seasons, just make sure you study up! Canning 101 will walk you through the basics so you have safely preserved food on your shelves.
- Cooking From Canned Goods. Those preserved foods are surprisingly versatile! From salsa to succotash, there are recipes galore for your canned vegetables.
- Donate Your Extras. Did you know that you can donate fresh produce? Check with your local food pantry, food rescue program, or food bank to see what their requirements are. What’s more, you can get your kids involved to make helping the hungry a family affair.
Your Garden, Your Family, Your Neighborhood
Your garden can become a surprisingly enriching experience not only for you but also for your children and your community. From what you do in the garden to what you do with the produce, there are wonderful ways your garden can do more than fill your pantry and your plates.
- Involve the Kids. Gardening is a family-friendly activity, and you can engage your children through not only garden-related chores, but also entertaining activities like crafts and games.
- Involve the Neighbors. Do you have access to a community garden? Community gardens are an opportunity for neighbors to come together and share in raising produce. If you don’t have one already, explore how to get one started.
- Involve Older Loved Ones. Seniors need especially robust nutrition to stay healthy, and fresh vegetables and fruits are an ideal source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and healthy fats. There are plenty of special equipment options and ideas, like garden seats and raised beds, to ease gardening for older people.
The pandemic has changed how we live, and one of the best things that can come from that is raising produce you can use to feed yourself and others. Dig into these resources for information on planting and raising edibles, what you can do with the produce, and how it will benefit your home and the community at large. It’s a wonderful way to make the world a better place.
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By guest blogger: Lucy Reed, owner/blogger/developer, https://gigmine.co/
Lucy considers herself an entrepreneur since she was a kid, from the lemonade stand she opened in her parent’s driveway at age 10 to the dog walking business she started while in college. She created the site Gig Mine to help like-minded business people take advantage of the growing sharing economy.