What are the things we can quickly cultivate at your home?
- Katherine D. Rodriguez
Making yourself a healthy diet at home is a simple and sustainable activity that we can all take part in. Even if there isn’t space to plant a garden, you could make a salad from your window. Farmers Tom from the community-based charitable organization Garden Army, a community-based charity Garden Army gives us some inspiration and helpful tips to reduce the amount of food we purchase (and waste) at the grocery store.
Imagine entering a grocery store and seeing all the fruits and vegetables displayed. Apples and pears in small trays packed in plastic. Salad leaves are in small plastic bags. Strawberries are resting carefully on tiny bubble wrap cushions inside plastic containers covered inside… even more with plastic.
There is also the trip to the shelves. Large truckers rumble through the country, frequently embarking from ships that have traveled across the ocean. Or collecting pallets that have been delivered by air.
Look back and visualize the tractors; the fields were plowed repeatedly. The fertilizers produced and the water utilized.
Please give it a bit of consideration. You’ll find the energy and resources used to make the small salad bag in the rear of your refrigerator; It might be thrown away because it appears discolored and sad when you finally decide to utilize it.
As with many environmental challenges, it can be overwhelming and confusing to figure out what we can do to help or even where to begin.
We wanted to determine how much of this process could be cut by cultivating our fruits and vegetables at home.
So We asked farmer Tom, “What are the easiest things you can cultivate at home?. It turns out that growing a salad on the windowsill is simple and highly satisfying.
How do I grow lettuce at your own home?
Make sure you have top-quality soil. Farmer Tom recommends the wool compost of Dalefoot. It is made sustainably and gives your lettuce the best start to life.
Sprinkle the seeds lightly on the soil. Then apply a thin layer of compost on top.
Please give it a complete application of water.
Place it on a bright window and watch the magic unfold.
It is possible to remove the weak plants if you want to give the bigger ones more space.
The soil’s moisture and take off the leaves when you’re ready to include them in your salad, your plants will expand at a minimum twice blea-stunning low on energy.
The same method can be used to cultivate more exotic salad leaves. Like Mizuna, it has an eminent, peppery taste and Nasturtiums. Every part of the Nasturtium can be eaten – the stalks, the leaves, and the flowers. They are a beautiful and vibrant touch to salads.
If you’re looking for something more exotic, Tom, the Tom farmer Tom suggests spending time growing melons or cucumbers!
How do you cultivate cucumbers at your home? (Or even at work!)
The RHS has a beautiful page on how to cultivate cucumbers. However, sometimes the basics will suffice to begin. Farmer Tom says:
Cucumbers thrive in warm weather, about 20 degrees. If you’re cultivating them in your garden, April and early May are the ideal time to plant your seeds.
Make sure you have an appropriate pot (start with smaller banks and later move up to larger ones when the plants reach a handle size).
Make sure you have top-quality, peat-free soil, like the compost made by Dalefoot.
Place a few seeds around 2cm into the pot. Be sure that they are in a vertical position or on their sides.
Cucumbers love to spin their bodies around objects upwards, so if you put an upward-facing wire into the middle of the pot and create a central stem, it will be content. Then they will follow their path following the initial direction!
Can I grow melons at my home here in the UK?
As per Farmer Tom, Yes, you can cultivate melons at home! If you’d like to understand the specifics and nuances of developing this exotic fruit, then the RHS has some excellent details here.
If you’re not interested in doing a lot of reading and would like to give it an attempt, Here are the essentials:
Find an appropriate pot (start using small pots, then move to larger ones of 25cm once the plants are the size to handle).
Find yourself a good quality Solis made by Dalefoot.
Place two seeds approximately 1.5cm in the soil at the end of April.
You can eliminate the weaker seedlings when they begin to grow.
Melons are warm, so they flourish if you have a sunlit window or a glass roof/ conservatory.
Keep the soil moist in the first few weeks of development; if it is incredibly sunny, you may be able to cover your plants by providing shade during the hot days.
Additional tips from Tom, the farmer
If, as we do, you’re feeling more inspired, visit our website, where Tom, the farmer Tom offers us his top tips on how to grow the food you want to eat at home, as well as tips on how to prepare your soil to remove the unwanted weeds without chemical or damaging your back.
A little bit concerning Farmer Tom and the Garden Army
Garden Army Garden Army is an organization run by a charitable foundation for those who require support and space to manage a broad spectrum of physical and mental difficulties. From kids who’ve faced a difficult beginning in life to directors who are burned out, the Garden Army is a place for them to spend time educating themselves about how things grow, how to harvest, how to plant, and how to create.