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Growing food during lock-down

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Growing food during lock-down

Growing your own food has always been a good idea, but with global lock-down, now more than ever.
Food security will become a huge concern but growing your own edibles has many additional advantages such as helping to combat anxiety and depression, alleviating boredom and getting safe exercise.

Planning your edible garden

 

  • What to plant when First take into account that most edibles are seasonal.
  • Selecting a site for your edibles. Choosing the right spot to plant your edibles is crucial.
  • Consider making a Raised bed garden – it will be easier on your back as well dissuade your dogs from ‘helping with the gardening’.
    Note that the soil in a raised bed will dry out more quickly. During the spring and fall, this is fine, but during the summer, add straw, mulch, or hay on top of the soil to help it retain moisture.
    Frequent watering will be critical with raised beds, especially in the early stages of plant growth. Otherwise, raised beds need little maintenance.
  • Don’t fret if you do not have ample space for an edible garden. The concept of square foot gardening illustrates how to grow ample edibles in limited space. There are also numerous options for growind edibles in containterts.
  • Pets in the garden If you have dogs, rather not use bone-meal in your soil preparation and consider a raised bed garden or planting in pots.

Growing from seeds

Many edibles can be grown from seed. They can either be sown directly into the garden bed or sown in seedling trays. Read more


Soil preparation

Soil preparation is one of the most important aspects of any gardening project. Read more about soil preparation for pots or garden bed.

Planting

Taking care of your edibles

  • Protecting your edibles during winter. You can use various densities of frost cover. But for winter edibles you would get the best results by building a cover for your bed. There are many options and different design you can choose from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJxMDVLZH48
  • Watering
  • Feeding
  • Pest control

 

More resources

 

  • Nutrition valued of edibles
  • The best edibles for a survival garden: https://www.epicgardening.com/survival-garden/
  • Harvesting and storing edibles
  • Extensive edible gardening guide PDF download.

 

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