Once you have started growing your own food at home, there are certain things you can do to increase the size and quality of the harvest that you are able to achieve. When growing food in containers, it is even more important to think about the nutrition they receive. One great way to make sure your plants get the nutrition they need is to make your own liquid feeds for your plants. Here are five easy to concoct plant feeds you can make at home:
Potatoes are a staple in many people's diets. You might imagine that you need a lot of space to grow them. In truth, it is possible to grow at least a few within your home – you don't even need to have any outside space. All you will need is a large container, like a barrel, sack, or large bag that you can fill with your growing medium, some seed potatoes, sunlight and water. With a little effort and a little ingenuity, you can grow far more indoors that you might ever have imagined.
It is always better to water plants grown indoors using rainwater if at all possible. Tap water can contain high levels of chlorine and other impurities, and in any case, it is more sustainable and ethical to use the renewable source of water wherever possible. Harvesting rainwater is easy if you own your own house – you can simply attach a barrel or butt to your guttering in order to collect the rain that falls on your roof. If you live in a flat or apartment, however, you may think that harvesting rainwater is not something that you can do. On the contrary – harvesting rainwater in an apartment is often easier than you may imagine. Here are a few tips on how to do just that:
If you are a complete beginner when it comes to gardening, you may be wondering where to begin. The good news is that anyone can grow at least some of their own food at home, even without a garden or outside space. All you need is some seeds, some containers (you can use household waste for the purpose), water (ideally rainwater) and a sunny windowsill.
Growing your own food indoors is one of the most rewarding and valuable things that you can do with your children. But how to you make indoors gardening fun for your little helpers? One idea is to bring the magical into your food growing efforts, creating a home for fairies! Here are three ideas for cool edible fairy gardens to make with your kids:
One of the fantastic things about growing your own food indoors is that, even without a garden, you can live in a more sustainable way. Another way to live more sustainably is to think about how to reduce the amount of waste that you and your household generate. Growing food indoors and reducing waste go hand in hand. You can use items that you might otherwise throw away to help you grow your food at home. To help you get started on the road to sustainability, here are five ways of using household waste to grow seeds indoors:
We all know how difficult it can be to keep kids on the right path. With temptations coming at them (and us) from every angle, it can be easy to raise kids that are totally disconnected from the natural world, kids who don't rejoice in healthy food, who are clued to their screens and who know little about the wider world or the global effects of the decisions they make. Growing food is together with your children is one of the best ways to raise ethical citizens who will be good custodians for our planet in the years to come. Even without a garden or outside space, you can start your kids on the right path by growing food indoors. Here are some tips to help you re-engage your little renegades:
Growing food indoors can be a great step towards living a more eco-friendly and sustainable way of life. But there is a lot more you can do to make your food growing efforts even greener. One of these things is to reduce the amount you need to buy by recycling kitchen scraps and other household waste such as paper and cardboard to make your own compost, which can be used as a growing medium for your edible plants. There are several ways to compost indoors, and in small spaces. One of the best of these is called vermiculture. Vermiculture is the process of using worms to help you to create a good, fertile compost for your plants. Read on to discover exactly how worms can help with growing food indoors:
One of the challenges of growing food indoors is finding enough space for all the food you wish to grow. As long as you get enough light, however, you can grow far more indoors than you might imagine. In order to get easy access to all your herbs, salads, fruit and vegetables, the best place to start your indoors garden is in your kitchen. Even a small kitchen can provide space for planting – but sometimes you have to think upwards.
There is no reason why a windowsill garden cannot be beautiful as well as edible! While your main purpose is to grow food at home for yourself and your family, your indoors gardening efforts can also be aesthetically pleasing. If friends and neighbours are dubious about your efforts to grow your own, designing beautiful, edible window boxes could be the perfect way to win them all over. To help you in your efforts, here are some tips on beautiful edibles that you can grow beneath all your windows at home: