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Are You New to Growing Your Own Food ?

Perhaps you’ve grown a flower. Perhaps you’ve grown some weeds. If you’ve had  a Eureka moment and are ready to try your hand at food, you’ve come to the right place. Growing your own food, even if you live in the city,  is possible. Now you, my stylish city friend, can be a part of this growing trend , from planting a seed all the way to absorbing that organic nutrition straight through your very own cells. And you don’t even have to leave your apartment, compromise your interior design or think too much about your manicure. So let’s get you started. Whether you have a backyard space or just a small balcony or want to try your hand at hydroponics, here at Foodgrows.com we take the D out of Daunting and make it Delicious.

If you are the proverbial newbie, you’ve  come to the right place. Armed with the following tidbits, you’ll  be an expert in no time or at least  be able to fake it in the meantime.

All you need are seeds, soil , water, sun and a little nurturing; the basic building blocks of a garden…or is that the whole story? Follow these suggestions and watch your garden grow.

Growing from seeds is very satisfying  and getting your hands in the dirt will be a great first experience. Just dig a little  hole in the appropriate area, put the  seeds in (according to the instructions which will explain the depth and spacing and light needs) and water well. Then sit back, watch them grow into seedlings (they’re as cute as the name suggests … wee, tiny little plants) and finally enjoy your fresh veggies as you sit in your garden or balcony.

Just don’t forget to dead-head your flowers! Huh? Dead head? Yes, a fun gardening term for confusing the hell out of the plant. Basically, after a plant flowers those flowers become the fruit or vegetable. From raspberries to butternut squash and beyond. In the case of flowers, as they start to shrivel the seeds begin to grow and the plant is given the signal to die. But if you ‘nip that in the bud’, literally, the plant will just continue to grow more flowers. It takes nothing but your thumb and forefinger and a little pressure just under the dying bloom and it comes right off. Make sure to find them all and extend the life of your garden.

Another term to make you look like you know your stuff is ‘black gold’. See how exciting gardening can be! It is the rich, dark earth that comes from composting. It nourishes your garden like nothing else, so is well worth the effort. Which isn’t really an effort as the laws of nature essentially take care of that as well, with only a little help. In case you don’t know… a compost is food scraps, leaves and gardening debris that break down naturally when put together in the proper proportions.

There isn’t too much information out there aboutcompanion planting and I suppose to some it is more folklore than fact, but I have certainly had great success with it.  So I suggest trying it for yourself to see if it makes a difference in your garden. Companion planting  is the practice of planting particular plants together, to lessen the need for any chemicals and keep the bugs in check. Most backyard gardeners will agree  that planting marigolds around the periphery of your garden plot  will help control the bug population.  Sweet little clusters of orange and yellow brighten things up in such a practical way.

There you have it. Everything on this  site has been tested by people like you. Just folks who want to garden. Living in an urban environment with all the conveniences shouldn’t preclude  you  from the joy and satisfaction of eating fresh, untainted food. Viva la urban gardeners. Share with us your tips and tricks and let us know what you are looking for. We are always here to help.

 

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