A healthy balanced diet is essential for our survival, and most importantly, for our health. That is why a complete food diet is necessary for us. However, take a trip to the whole food market to do some shopping, and at the end of the errand, you realize you have spent a lot of money.
So here’s the question: do you know you can get some of the whole foods from your farm? Well, you can, and doing so will save you a couple of dollars. You can actually start a whole food plantation in your backyard and plant several types of crops.
If you are up to the challenge, here are some few tips you can follow:
Ensure the Area Receives Plenty of Sunlight
Most vegetables and fruits require at least 8 hours of sunshine a day. Sunlight helps the plants to photosynthesize which is vital for their survival. You should make sure the area you want to plant receives plenty of sunlight without any obstructions.
Use Fertile Soil
Good soil will easily support many types of whole foods. If the soil in your garden is not that good, adding compost, mulch, and a little bit of water can improve its overall quality. You can also use leaves as mulch. Aside from that, you need to fertilize the soil regularly, and if possible, add some microbes. It takes a long time to build up quality soli.
You can also buy quality soils from your farm store if you plan to farm a small area. Buying soil for a large plantation would be costly though.
Buy the Plants You Want to Grow
Buying plants are much easier as opposed to starting your nursery, especially as a beginner. You can buy plants from farm stores as they are cheap, or buy seeds to plant during the rainy seasons directly.
Make Sure there’s an Adequate Supply of Water
To maintain a whole food plantation, you will need a constant supply of water, especially the fast 3 weeks after planting. Water supply will also be vital when the dry season hits.
Water helps the plants grow by making it easy for roots to spread deep into the soil in search of nutrients.
This is an important tip, especially as a first-time gardener. Small plantations are easy to maintain and requires minimal effort and equipment.