herbs, veggies and fruit
Growing fresh herbs and vegetables is much simpler than it may seem. The good news is that fertilizers and all of those nasty pesticides are unnecessary. The popularity of herbs is do to the fact that they take little space and can be grown in just about any size pot and are often used as an indoor plant while maturing. If you are just starting out growing your own herbs, the basic essential herbs for cooking are: basil, chive, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, marjoram and thyme. These herbs can be grouped in "classic" herb gardens and can be incorporated into flower beds or vegetable gardens.
There is nothing better than having fresh herbs available to you whenever you need them. Herbs can be harvested during the growing season for your daily use. At the end of the growing season, they can be harvested for drying and stored for use in the months when fresh herbs aren't readily available. Save seeds from the dried herbs to propagate the following year.
Organic vegetables are not quite as easy to grow as herbs, but the end results are very favorable. Most organic vegetable growers do it for three reasons: taste, enjoyment and saving money. More and more beginner gardeners are realizing that a small investment of money can bring an annual savings of ten times the investment amount.
Fruit are commonly divided into two categories, tree fruit and small fruit. Some examples of small fruits are strawberries and blueberries, while tree fruit are typically apples, peaches, and pears.
are a few good reasons to grow your own fruit in your home garden or as
part of your edible landscape. You can harvest the fruit at their peak
and you can grow the ones you enjoy the most. There is no better tasting
fruit than one grown fresh and harvested to your liking. Another benefit
is having the ability of growing a variety of different fruits that can
produce a crop from spring to fall, starting with strawberries in the
spring and ending with apples in the fall.
When growing fruits, most plants need their flowers pollinated. There are two types of pollination, self-pollination and cross-pollination. Self pollination is when the flowers on a plant are dusted with there own pollen, and cross-pollination is when a plants flower needs to be pollinated by another cultivar. Apples, like McIntosh for example, need to be planted nearby to supply the pollen needed to produce fruit.
Tree fruits, like apples and peaches for example, can be a challenge to grow in the home garden because they are susceptible to pests that need to be controlled. With a little care you can control these problems with organic methods that wont need the use of a toxic chemical that can harm you and the environment.
Fruits grown in the home garden are a crop that can be grown by natural organic methods, and can be grown without the use of toxic chemicals being sprayed on them like commercial growers use. This allows you to grow a healthier fruit for both you and the environment.