Grow your own veggies, fruits, and herbs at home
Worldwide, cities, states, and international borders closed down due to the pandemic. Food transport came to a halt and grocery stores emptied out. The COVID19 lockdowns saw a surge in people growing their own food at home. People started their own kitchen and herb garden in their homes or on their balconies. Their reasons to start growing their own food were many; to deal with the boredom, getting healthy food on their plate, or having an extra income by selling their produce in the neighborhood.
Growing your own vegetables and fruits from home is not difficult, but will take some of your time and attention since you’ll need to take care of your seedlings to ensure they grow up big and healthy and give you many fruits. You can start growing your own fruits, vegetables, or herbs in a spare room, garden shed, or on a shelf to reduce the horizontal space needed for your home garden while increasing the vertical grow space.
Once you have decided where you are going to grow your own produce, it’s time to choose what kind of plants you want to grow. Depending on how much space you have, you could start growing bigger plants like tomatoes and green beans, grow more compact plants (or dwarf fruit), start growing leafy greens, or grow tiny microgreens.
Fresh & healthy food
Bigger farms use pesticides to keep bacteria, fungi, and diseases away from their crops. However, pesticides damage the environment and cause water and air pollution. Pesticides are harmful to your health, too. When you buy vegetables in your grocery store or at the local market, you can’t know for sure if they were treated with pesticides. With your own fruits and vegetables, you know exactly how the plants are grown.
Most produce you find in the grocery store is picked before its ripe and most of the produce that is not directly sold is put in freezers (so it can be kept, but also sold all year round). Next time you buy an onion, it may actually be a 5-month-old onion! When growing your own produce, you can put a ripe vegetable on your plate within minutes after picking. You’ll know the fruits and vegetables on your plate are fresh and healthy.
You could buy a new bunch of mint every time for €2, or pick some from your own mint plant. At home, new leaves will sprout again from your plant, store-bought herbs usually won’t sprout again and last only a few days. Seeds for your home garden are cheaper than any vegetable or fruit you’ll buy in the store, and your plants will eventually give you new seeds so there is no need to keep on buying seeds.
Having one 40W LED grow light on for one whole month, 12 hours a day, will cost you about €3-€4. That’s about the price of 1 kg spinach! And since spinach can be grown within 6 to 8 weeks on just 0,50m2 you’ll be better off growing your own. Grow your own food on a multi-layered shelf and you won’t need that big of an area, but you can still grow a considerable amount of food on a few square meters.
Furthermore, you may even be able to earn some extra money from your produce. If you find yourself growing more than you can consume, consider opening a roadside stall and earn a little extra on the side from your own produce. You may also give your homegrown to friends and family or trade with a neighbor for their home-made jam or beer.
Last but not least growing your own produce is fun!
Growing your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs is very rewarding. Grow together with your partner or kids. Especially younger children will love to see the seedlings grow more every day. They’ll want to help watering and taking care of the plants, and they might actually be inclined to finish their vegetables during dinnertime. All while learning about nature, food, and health.
COVID19 showed us that cities, states, and international borders can be locked and grocery stores emptied out. Future problems, such as another pandemic, a natural disaster, or other stresses can disrupt food transport and even keep us housebound, unable to buy food. In these severe cases, it may be good to have access to your own homegrown food.
With Horticraft Holland LED grow lights you can start growing your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs in your own home. The lights are extremely easy to install, you just hang them up, plug them in, and start growing. The full spectrum light gives the plants all the photon energy they need to grow strong and big. Furthermore, the lights give off a natural color, making it easy for you to keep an eye on your plants. During this pandemic Horticraft Holland offers its LED grow lights with big discounts, so order yours today!
Start growing leafy greens
Leafy greens are plant leaves that we consider a vegetable. They are a great nutritional value, as they are packed with vitamins (especially vitamin K), minerals, and fiber, while low in calories and fat.
Start growing microgreens
Microgreens are small vegetable greens (or baby plants) used as nutrition supplements, flavor enhancers, or as a garnish. They range in size between 2.5 to 7.6 cm (1-3 inches) and take between 1-3 weeks from seedling to harvest.