Starting a kitchen garden is a practical solution against looming food insecurity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a little know-how and some patience, you can start your home orchard in no time.
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Kitchen Gardening in 2021
Virus of Hunger
Apart from the spread of the virus, another outbreak that could wreak havoc in 2021 is starvation. Not that food is unavailable but it’s more of a consumer’s purchasing power issue.
The real problem is the price of basic commodities could soar up dramatically due to production difficulties.
The Promise of a Kitchen Garden
With a kitchen garden at your disposal, you will have a sustainable food source the whole year-round. In just a matter of months or even just a few weeks, you can already enjoy the fruits of your labor. Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to start your agricultural project.
Starting Your Garden in 6 Easy Steps
Step 1: Pick A Location
An ideal location for your garden is somewhere that has excellent access to water and sunshine.
Note: Aside from this consideration, convenience is also an essential factor in choosing a location. You should be able to reach your kitchen garden within ten minutes.
Step 2: Decide on the Type and Size
What type of plants will you be growing and how big the plots are will be determined by the location.
Step 3: Choose Your Plants
Pick crops that would be suitable to grow based on the soil type, growing season, and climate of your area.
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Step 4: Get the Area Ready
Prepare the soil by shoveling and draining it off excess water. Afterward, you can apply compost and fertilizer.
Note: Contrary to common notion, soil type does not matter much in picking a location for your garden. You can improve poor soil quality by composting or building elevated beds.
Step 5: Start Planting
After planning the plot arrangement, plant your vegetable seedlings following proper spacing. This will vary according to plant type.
Step 6: Manage Your Kitchen Garden
Make sure you know when and how to put water, apply fertilizer, or add more soil to your crops. You can keep track of your garden’s progress with the aid of a simple chart.
Easy Does It
As you can see, starting your kitchen garden is as easy as 1-2-3. Anyone can do it. You can find excellent sources online that can further enhance your gardening knowledge. Hey ho, let’s grow!
Watch this video of vegetables and herbs you can regrow from kitchen scraps:
The food industry was among the hardest hit by the pandemic. The agriculture sector, in particular, almost came to a grinding halt which in effect disrupted the food supply chain. This is why it is wise to start your own kitchen garden this year.
What type of plants do you prefer to grow in your kitchen garden? Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section below!
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