An excellent way to ensure that you’re eating healthy food is to grow your own! Regardless of whether you have a greenhouse and/or acres to devote to veggies, herbs, a fruit orchard and edible flowers – or just a small space in a window that can be improvised as an indoor garden, there are usually ways to make some growing space for the foods you love … and that love you back! Gardening is not only a favorite pastime of many millions, it can also cut down on healthcare-related expenses, particularly when contrasted with some of the less healthy aspects of the Standard American diet (SAD) and hazards of our contemporary fast food lifestyle.
If you have lots of outdoor space to devote to gardening, consider (depending on your climate, budget, zoning, etc.):
- planting a fruit orchard
- planting a nut orchard
- enclosing an outdoor garden … in addition to fencing, don’t forget to use buried mesh or other means to protect from burrowing critters as well bird-netting to keep your garden(s) safe from aerial invaders.
- raised beds to simplify and economize the gardening process
- a greenhouse (particularly in colder climates, those with shorter growing seasons, or for even better protection against critters of all sorts
If you have limited outdoor space and/or you have CC&Rs, you might want to consider suggestions such as these:
- Small-space edible gardens
- 5 Easy Small Vegetable Garden Ideas To Try
- or perhaps hiding your garden minimize unwanted attention
- and regardless of the size available, give yourself time for planning it all before-hand … for best results.
- you might also want to try garden planning software if drawing plans isn’t your forte
There lots of indoor gardening resources online, too, such as hydroponics, aquaponics (and other permaculture approaches) and don’t forget your local (often free or low-cost) help such as agricultural extension offices, public libraries, google, and asking your neighbors – particularly those with green thumbs and those who have lived in your area a long time, plus classic resources, such as Sunset Western Garden Book.
Plan now and have fun eating what you love, reaping what you sow. 🙂