Self-sufficiency is very far away from the place in modern society that many of us find ourselves. In fact, if our food doesn’t come in little polystyrene packets covered with cling film we can even find it a bit strange!? However, it doesn’t have to be like this, as we can start, bit by bit to cultivate our own food in our gardens. Read on to find out how.
One of the most obvious things to grow in your garden food wise are fruits and vegetables. They are delicious and nutrient dense, and for the most part pretty easy to grow too. Naturally, you will need to make sure you have the right equipment for doing this.
Start with the basics like a trowel and fork and some plastic containers to grow potatoes, mushrooms, and carrots in. Then once you are feeling a bit more confident, you can take the time to install some raised beds and add leafy plants like lettuces and cabbages to your repertoire.
Once you have the hang of that, you can start to increase the volume as well as the range of veg you grow in your garden. Something you may need a potting shed like the ones available at GreenHouse Stores.co.uk for. After all, if you have one of those both you and your young plants will be protected from the worst of the weather. Something that means you can carry on gardening for self-sufficiency no matter what the elements throw at you.
Herbs are a fantastic way of getting into gardening for self-sufficiency. There are so many to choose from, and you can actually save a decent amount of money by growing your own from seed. Instead of buying those fresh varies in the supermarket, only to have them die on you within a few days.
Rosemary, chives, and mint make greats choice to start with. All you need to do is follow the instructions at bbc.co.uk to plant them. Although basil and oregano can be a bit more difficult, perhaps as they are natives of warmer countries than Britain?
The great thing about growing herbs is that you don’t even need to have a large space to dedicate to it. In fact, you can use an inside or outside windowsill, or even construct a rig like the ones at telegraph.co.uk to grow your herb garden vertically.
Obviously, eggs, milk, cheese and butter aren’t items that are grown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t produce them yourself at home. Of course, you’ll need the associated livestock to do this. Not that I’m advocating you go out and buy and a cow or anything as dramatic as that!
The eggs from your chickens can help you be more self-sufficient.
Instead, why not consider keeping a few chicken or ducks for the eggs? You can even get a goat or two for milk that can be turned into delicious cheese and butter as well. Although, it is vital you research thoroughly on how to look after them and how much space they will need at sites like www.durhamhens.co.uk before you do this.
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