If you haven’t read the novel 'The Martian' by Andy Weir, you have to put it on your reading list right now. The movie has also come out and one of the interesting things about the story, other than how the dude survives on Mars, is that he grows his own vegan produce - potatoes, to be precise. This is quite inspiring and definitely made me crave potatoes (just without having to use my own body’s waste as compost, of course). The good news is that you can grow your own delicious produce that is chemical-free and good for you, while tasting better than what you find at the supermarket. You also know exactly where it comes from.
- Vegan Benefits of Growing Your Own Food
Since produce makes up a large amount of a vegan diet, having your own fresh produce makes it easier to be vegan. Plus, it’s exciting to make your own food and can save you money. If you’re interested in growing your own produce, here are some important tips to bear in mind:
- You don’t need a large amount of space in which to grow produce, so don’t fret if you don’t have much of a garden. You can make use of balconies or even your wall. This is especially good for items such as herbs, strawberries, and lettuce.
- Don’t forget to mulch! Mulch is important in the garden to keep weeds at bay and it helps to maintain moisture for plants. You can make your own with some organic materials, such as leftover grass clippings or leaves, as well as dead weeds. This is a great way to recycle in your garden!
- Choose the right spot in the garden. You need to ensure that your soil is healthy so that it will enable your produce to grow. Good soil should not have any stones or other obstructions in it. You want it to be well-aerated, so avoid anything too sandy or dense.
- Buy seeds from your local nursery and read the back to gain tips on how much water and sun the seeds require. This makes it easier for you to start if you’re a beginner gardener.
- Get your hands on rock potash, otherwise known as wood ash or potassium. It will boost fruits you’re trying to grow, also reducing its risk of getting disease. You want to place some rock potash into the soil before you start planting as it will be released slowly.
- Don’t start everything at once. Ease into gardening if you’re a beginner, starting with a few items of produce that are easier to cultivate. These include tomatoes. Once you see results, this will motivate you to grow other items!
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