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Grow Your Own

Grow Food Growing your own food is a growing trend for so many reasons, lower food bills and greater control over what you eat are just some of the benefits that are persuading many people to supply some of their own vegetables, fruit or even just herbs in a kitchen window. Much of our household waste can be food for the garden and very valuable if we compost it, sustaining a cycle of production with little waste, incorporating ideas of permaculture and organics which also benefit the soil, and the plants you grow.

Start small....

Although complete self sufficiency requires a fair amount of land and therefore suited to a more rural environment, much can be done with a very small space and an even smaller budget. A windowbox is a great place to start in producing your own food. It can be acheived with little knowledge of horticulture or practical experience, and the small scale gives you a great starting point in the basics of nature.

And grow!..

Most plants can be grown in pots or large containers but for some they provide additional benefits to being placed in open soil. Growing from a hanging basket for example is very useful for fruiting plants such as strawberries or tomatoes which like to keep their fruits off the ground. Growing in containers can also keep your plants away from weeds as well as pests, and ensure root vegetables are not stunted by stones or compacted soil. Even fruit trees such as apples or figs can be grown successfully in large containers, so that a healthy proportion of the food you eat can be produced on the smallest of patio's or roof terraces.

You can buy specific containers for strawberries, as well as potatoes, as the advantages of growing in pots can be beneficial to everyone, not just those short on space. A strawberry or potato planter requires a small initial investment, but can produce an extraordinary amount of food from a comparatively small space with very little effort.

Starting an Organic vegetable garden is one of the easiest things you can do. You don't need to buy an eBook to tell you how to do it because it's something people want to share with others, so there are many resources aimed at helping you to produce great food for yourself. You can start with just a few herbs in pots or a few vegetables on a small patch of land and grow from there to wherever your interest takes you!

eBooks

OrganicVegetableGardening.pdf - A general guide to Organic methods of Gardening.

Vegetable Gardening.pdf - Guide to growing common vegetables.

Saving-Your-Own-Vegetable-Seeds.pdf - Guide to using seeds from your own vegetables.

Plant-Grow-Cook-With-Herbs.pdf - Complete guide to growing and using Herbs.

Wormery-information-sheet.pdf - Information on composting with worms.

Other Resources


Verdant.net - Organic growing from beginner to advanced

GardenOrganic.org.uk - National Organic Growing Charity

GardenZone.info - Organic Growing Basics

5 Foods its Cheaper to Grow - from MSN money

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