If you want to grow herbs, fruits, and veggies then at some point in time… you have to get serious and make space for what you want.
It doesn’t have to be a lot of room, but a small space will provide lots of herbs and fruits and veggies.
Raised beds are great if your soils is not exactly what you want. You also have the option of changing soils and composting materials to make your beds exactly what you want for your particular plants.
Raised beds are great for potatoes, yams, peanuts, and other legumes and roots veggies that need loose soil, and sometimes need sandy soil so you can dig them out and get at those nuggets of nutrition.
You can also garden with pots on your patio.
You can even get into hydroponics to have lots of fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs all year round. That’s my next project for the others side of the house.
Also green houses can extend your growing season so you have fresh herbs 24/7 – 12 months a year. I have a green house like environment on one side of the house now… and will later put in hydroponics so I can raise lots of wonderful herbs, fruits, and veggies.
And there are lots of free plans for putting together great hydroponic gardens on-line… just google “hydroponic garden plans” and lots of them will come up. And you can find all natural hydroponic solutions to use with your system or make your own. Here is a nice video about making a simple hydroponic garden.
In fact here on the island we have some groups that are growing veggies via hydroponics in their large backyard and selling them… and doing well.
Here is a picture of my friend Eddie who was helping me put in our new raised beds in our backyard.
In many places you can buy compost for very little, sometimes $25 or even less for a cubic yard (thats about a pick truck full), and good compost has all the natural nutrients you will need to make your garden grow.
Also you can grow trees in pots… and give them to people in the area so we can reforest our natural environment and start giving back to Mother Earth.
Composting is very easy and takes no time at all. If you have a nice expensive chipper that can chop everything up that’s great, or I have seen people use a lawn mower to run over their composting materials so it’s chopped up… and then put them in a simple pile for decomposition.
There are lots of great articles and youtube videos that will help you with composting. And it’s very easy, and does not have to be a smelling process if you have the right mix of composting materials. Remember all those banana peels, egg shells, and peelings from fruits and veggies make great compost… along with your grass clippings and leaves. Here is a nice video about composting
In this day and age when the cost of food is getting very expensive and we have large yards with lots of lawn around us, I feel it’s important to at least take part of that yard and make a wonderful garden out of it. And if you use a drips system for water you garden will used very little water.
And plant some herbs that have flowers that way your garden looks pretty and thus heals the soul at the same time.
And there is nothing better for the body and bending your knees and getting your hands in the rich loamy soil and having fun and growing your own organic veggies.
There are lots of studies showing that people who garden live longer than other people… and they also have a better quality of life.
And if you want to grow herbs start out small, then work your way up to even more exciting ways use the space you have.
Enjoy! – Free free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time.
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