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Grow Your Own Groceries!
So You Want to Grow
The old saying “Money
doesn’t grow on trees” is never more accurate then in today’s modern times. If
you could grow money of trees, everyone would have one!
While dollar bills will
never sprout like leaves, you can grow money in your back yard. That little sunny patch of yard or flower bed
can yield a substantial amount of food for your family. Your harvest will show as savings to your
So how do you get started
growing groceries? What do you need to get started? Here are the” bare root”
basics for starting a garden:
All fruit producing plants need a minimum of 6
hours sunlight daily.
A soil or Growing Medium to support the plant
and nourish the root structure.
Adequate water supply for the plants needs.
Protection from high winds or freezing
Now, let’s take a look at
each of the four items listed.
First off, your plants
really will need 4-6 hours of sunlight to develop properly to set fruit. While
some plants may set fruit with less light, they won’t produce well enough to
satisfy your needs. Sunlight is the fuel that drives the plant to grow and set
Now that you know the sunlight needs, you need
to find the best sunny spot in your yard for your garden. Knowing the available
sunlight provides you important information in what varieties of vegetables
will grow well for your garden space.
Keep record of how many
hours of sunlight is available in your potential planting area. Look for the
area(s) that gets morning sun or evening sun and record the number of hours you
have direct sunlight in each area. If
you have sunlight 6 hours or more, fantastic! If you don’t, that is not a big
problem either. Many varieties of vegetables will grow is semi-shade (you can
still see a shadow), provided they have a few hours of direct sunlight each day.
All living things need
water, particularly garden veggies. Their thirsty roots must have water to set
the best quality fruit. Regular light watering keeps growing consistent reduces
the chance of disease from plant stress and insures your plants grow quality
Plants, like people, need
protection from extreme weather and temperatures. Some plants take cold better
then heat and vise versa. All above ground plants need protection from high
winds that can break or damage stems and leaves.
Root crops can take a bit
more extremes in weather as they produce below ground. You do have to keep the
tops protected as growth stops if the tops are broken off or heavily damaged.
Keep plant protection in mind as you decide the best spot for your garden.
All you have to do is meet
these 4 plant requirements and you are ready to start growing your own