There are many reasons that you might want to get into growing your own fruits and vegetables and taking the opportunity to is something you should do if you have an interest in doing so. Here we are going to take a look at some of the reasons behind starting to grow fresh food crops whether that be from the comfort of your own home, or on a big part of land like a farm.
First of all, the reason most people start growing their own vegetables and fruits is for use at home. It is a good way of ensuring you get your recommended intake of healthy foods while having full knowledge of what has been used in the growing process. This last point is usually what drives a lot of people to grow at home, a lack of trust in what some groups are using on their crops. And while this shouldn’t stop you trusting local farms and stores, it is as good a reason as any to start learning about the work that goes into growing food from a seed up.
Some of the things that you should make sure you have before starting to grow food for home consumption are as follows:
Ensure you have enough space. There is nothing worse than getting yourself all set up only to find that you are working in an area small enough to damage your crops.
Start with basic food types. You’re going to want success when you first start in order to build up your confidence so make your initial tries with salad leaves, potatoes and peas. These are some of the more straightforward foods to grow.
Enjoy the process. This is the most important part. You should enjoy growing your own food because if you don’t then your motivation will drop.
Another reason that someone might consider growing their own crops is to make some money from the food market. While this is a fine reason to enter into the world of fruit and vegetable growing, it is important to remember that this process might be difficult and take plenty of trial and error to get right.
Depending on your starting point, there are plenty of options available to you. Nate Dodson's online course focuses on growing microgreens, the most common of which include lettuce, kale and spinach. Microgreens are a growing industry in part because they are reasonably easy to grow and can be sold for a healthy profit. However, there will be those of you looking to develop a larger product like carrots or apples and for you the plan should be making sure that you are learning all you can about the type of land different produce like and how to nurture the crop.
Anyone looking to start a business in homegrown produce should be sure to contact local restaurants to create a supply chain or purchase a slot at local markets.