It has always been known that foods that are unprocessed and come directly from the field are much healthier for us than those that contain chemicals and are processed in who knows where. But, since sustainability has recently become a trend and terms such as KM0 food or proximity food have become known, there has also been a boom in having a vegetable garden at home.
A home garden allows you to grow the vegetables you want to eat and control every step of the process so that the harvest is as healthy and organic as possible. As autumn is coming soon, we will talk about how to make a vegetable garden in the limited space offered by our houses or apartments, taking into account that temperatures are about to drop.
How to start a vegetable garden at home
To carry out the project of installing a vegetable garden at home, you must first take into account several important aspects:
- You must identify a sunny space in your garden, balcony or terrace. Natural light is of utmost importance for a thriving home garden.
- The soil of the vegetable garden must have a good drainage system so, depending on the care required by the soil, you will have to install a tray underneath.
- Consider the space you have available at home and examine whether it is better to install a horizontal garden (pots or a chest of drawers along the floor) or a vertical garden (hanging on the wall).
Materials needed for the home garden
After thinking about the previous points, it is time to look for the materials to get down to work:
- The base of the garden at home can be a chest of drawers, wooden pallets, specialized tables for cultivation, or you can have separate pots with each food.
- Fill the pot with soil that has a high content of sand or clay, mixed with substrate.
- Place the seeds or cuttings of the vegetables you want to grow in the soil.
- Use insecticides or natural pesticides.
- From Rábita we recommend placing a specific mesh for agriculture in order to control the environmental characteristics. Bearing in mind that we are talking about an autumn orchard and temperatures will drop, there will be wind and some insects, we count on
to protect it from any factor that can damage our vegetable garden at home.
What to grow in autumn in your home garden?
In our last article we explained
how to prepare the garden in autumn
. We recommend you take a look to see which vegetables thrive in cool climates. The important thing is to combine them with aromatic plants and flowers, as they will attract insects that will help fight pests.
Now all that’s left is to get started! As mentioned above, having a garden at home will allow you to eat in a healthy and ecological way, but putting the food you have harvested on the table will also bring you great satisfaction. In Rábita we have a great environmental commitment and we will be happy to help you in any need or concern that helps to promote a more ecological and sustainable consumption.