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5 Tips on Growing Your Own Food and Supplements

Thinking of improving your health?  It may be time to make use of that backyard space to raise your own food and supplements.  Growing your own food offers multiple benefits.  Gardening itself is a healthy activity, plus you get to eat delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables. If you believe that growing food is too challenging a task, know that it is not rocket science;  you can gradually learn the process. Here are some cultivation tips for you:     

#1: Know What Can Grow

Once you have decided to grow food and supplements in a home garden and rely less on market-purchased products, then it’s time to do some research, especially if you’re a beginner.  Decide which foods and supplements you can grow in your area.  Don’t rush into buying seeds and plants unless you have prior knowledge about the growing process. You can research different plants and their life cycles online.  If you desire to grow marijuana in your garden for recreational or medical use, you can get help at i49. They will help you understand the complete lifecycle of marihuana plants. If you don’t know what will grow well in your garden space, you will be unable to make the best use of your home garden. If you have neighbors who grow fruits and vegetables in their yard, ask them for some advice on what to plant.

#2: Start Small

If you have a tremendous amount of space for your garden, it doesn’t mean that you can successfully grow larger crops. As a beginner, it is recommended that you start small.  Learn how home growing techniques work, and then you can use all of your available space later. Remember, you are aiming to grow food and supplements for personal use; you don’t have to perform as a commercial grower or market farmer would. It is suggested that you begin with vegetables, fruits, and grains that are easy and quick to grow.

#3: Calculate Your Home Garden Space

Next, calculate the plant spacing in your home garden. Once you decide on the types of plants you want to grow, estimate the ideal space each plant requires in order to grow healthy. Try to leave empty space between each plant. Before buying new plants, check available garden space. Make sure  that your plants will receive adequate sunlight.  Many plants require six hours of daylight every day. 

#4: Check the Quality of Your Soil

After you have a fair idea about the space you’ll need, understand the soil texture and conditions.  Test the soil quality before planting. You may be no soil expert, but you can get professional assistance from a friendly, experienced gardener. If not, you can use a soil kit to figure out the soil quality of your garden. At the same time,  determine the pH of your soil. To improve the quality of your soil, you can reinforce with basic nutrients.

#5: Learn About Suitable Growing Conditions

It is vital to understand the growing conditions for different plants, grains, and supplements. If you are planning on growing green, leafy vegetables, we suggest growing them during warm, summer days. The suitable temperature for them is roughly 24°C (75 F). However, if you are planning on growing fruits in your garden, then you must plant them in a moderate climate or early spring. Fruits like oranges, lemons, and apples are grown on trees and require quality soil, water intake, and more nutrients. Moreover, if you desire to grow winter grains like rye, then plant during freezing temperatures. Summer grains like corn and rice are best to plant during mid-June.

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