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World’s Best Tabletop Garden: How To Grow Your Own Food At Home?
The world is full of food, but most people don’t have access to it. Most people are not able to eat what they want because there isn’t enough money or time. But if you live in a city like New York City, then you probably already have access to fresh produce at your fingertips! You might even be eating organic vegetables from Whole Foods every day! That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh fruits and veggies too. If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where you have access to good quality produce, then growing your own food is the way to go!
Growing your own food is easy when you follow these simple steps:
1) Buy some seeds (or buy them online!
2) Plant those seeds in soil that will support their growth.
I recommend using peat moss since it holds water well and is easy to work with. A mix of peat moss and perlite would be ideal.
3) Water the plants regularly so they get all the nutrients they need.
They’ll do better if you water them once a week or less depending on how much sunlight they receive and how fast they grow.
4) Wait a lot.
Depending on the type of plant it will grow in days, weeks or months.
That’s it! In just a few short steps you’ll have a hydroponic garden that grows delicious herbs, fruits and vegetables.
You can also keep them indoors which makes growing food year round possible even in places where it gets really cold in the winter.
Get some friends together and grow your own vegetables. It’s fun, easy and you’ll never be hungry!
You don’t have to stop growing at just one plant. Here is some more information about growing hydroponic gardens:
Hydroponics is the process of growing plants without soil. Instead, the roots are given nutrient rich water to grow in.
The roots are supported by either gravel or a foam like cubes that hold them in place. The plant gets all the nutrients it needs to grow from the water that the roots absorb.
You can buy hydroponic garden kits from most home and garden centers nowadays. These kits come with all the materials you need to set up a hydroponic garden.
They also come with instructions, so anyone can grow their own garden of delicious fruits and vegetables!
The advantage of hydroponics is that you can grow your own food no matter where you live. Even if you live in a city apartment, you can grow your own food.
The only thing you need is water and sunlight. Of course these things are in abundant supply during the summer months, so hydroponics is primarily used to grow vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and other types in colder climates where growing seasons are short.
With some creativity, most people can find a place in their home to set up a small hydroponic garden. Some people might not have a lot of room, but even a few tomato plants can provide enough fruit for a family.
Hydroponic gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Some people have built them in old bathtubs. Others have them out in the open. There’s really no limit as long as you have the space and enough light to cultivate your garden.
Your plants will give you a good indication if you’re doing things right. They should be strong and hearty with lots of nutrients.
With a hydroponic garden you’ll have fresh vegetables available to you every day. You don’t have to worry about it drying out and most pests won’t be able to access it either.
You can start your plants from seeds or you can buy seedlings from nurseries. If you want specific varieties then you’ll need to start from seeds.
It’s better to start from seeds because you’ll know exactly what you’re getting, but it takes longer.
To start your plants from seeds first you’ll need to get some seeds. You can buy these from nurseries or even online.
Perhaps you have a favorite variety of plant; you can always try starting with that. Some varieties of plants are better for hydroponics than others, so do some research before you get started.
If you’re new to hydroponics then it’s best to start with a basic seed kit. These kits have everything you need to get started and come with instructions, so they’re great for beginners.
Once you get your seeds you’ll need to decide how many you want to plant. Most people don’t have the space to plant a massive garden, so you probably want to stick with just a few plants or just a couple of different types of plants.
Keep in mind that you’ll have a better variety when you buy your plants already started from a nursery.
Once you have your seeds ready you’ll need to prepare your garden. Unless you have experience with hydroponics, it’s best to start small and work your way up.
A small container such as an old bathtub or bucket will do just nicely. There are also kits available to create small hydroponic gardens that are ideal for beginners.
These types of gardens come with everything you need and their instructions are very detailed. You can usually find these at nurseries, but they’re also available online.
Again, if you’re a beginner, one of these starter kits is strongly recommended.
Before starting your garden you’ll need to decide where to place it. A lot of light is needed and for most people this means either an open area or a south facing window.
While hydroponic gardens don’t need a lot of space, they do need to be placed in a location where they can get adequate light.
Once you have your seeds ready and your garden prepared you’re ready to get started. The first thing you’ll do is prepare your growing medium.
There are several different types of growing medium that can be used, but for most people starting out expanded clay pellets work best.
These can be purchased from most nurseries and come in a variety of sizes. Some are small like marbles, others are the size of marbles with holes in the middle.
This type is best for plants that have long roots as they can easily grow through the holes. Most seeds will grow best in medium sized pellets.
To prepare your growing medium pour some of the pellets into your container and add water. Keep adding pellets and water until you have the consistency that you want.
The pellets will expand when they come into contact with water so you don’t want to add too many or you’ll end up with mud! Most pellets will expand about ten times their size, so two cups of pellets will become a bucket of growing medium.
Next you’ll need to plant your seeds. If you’re planting more than one type of seed it’s best to plant them all at the same time.
Depending on the size of your garden you may want to simply plant one type of seed per container or you may want to mix the types in the same container.
Once you’ve chosen where to plant your seeds, prepare them by scratching them lightly with something such as a popsicle stick or another similar object. This will help the seed break through the outer covering when it sprouts.
Add your prepared seed to the growing medium and pat down gently. If you’re planting multiple seeds make sure you space them apart so they don’t crowd each other and keep the same ratio of light and heavy feeders.
If you’re mixing the types of plants, make sure that you keep the ratio consistent. For every four heavy feeders, add one or two light feeders.
Once you have your seeds planted, it’s time to water them. Most containers will have a hole at the bottom for watering.
If yours doesn’t, simply drill or punch a hole in the bottom for watering. Fill your container with water and let it drain. Keep filling it and draining it until no more sand like material is coming out.
Fill the container one last time but don’t drain it. Keep filling it with water and gently tapping on the sides of the container until little bubbles start coming up from the bottom.
This indicates that the seed has absorbed all the water it can and is ready for planting.
If you’re growing only one type of plant per container, you can plant them all at this time. If you’re planting multiple types of plants in the same container, wait about a week before planting to give the seeds time to sprout and start showing their true colors.
Once your plants are ready to be planted, fill your container with water as you did before and gently squeeze the sides of the container to bring up the plants. Add more growing medium as needed so that there is enough to surround the roots of the plant.
After your plants have been watered they should be ready to plant in the ground. If you’re wanting to grow a vine such as Pole Beans, these can be strung up at this time.
Most plants will continue to grow under artificial light for a short period of time, but it is best to get them into the ground as soon as you can.
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