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Top 5 Foods To Grow At Home!

Vani Murthy

Founding Member of SWMRT, Brand Ambassador for Swachagraha & TEDx Speaker

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Nothing can taste as good as a meal made from the foods you’ve tended to and grown yourself! Planting and growing your own food can be a satisfying experience. It’s fun and easy too! Here are the five best organic vegetables you can grow at home. But let’s go over the essentials and basics first.

1. Potting mix: As a general rule for whatever you plan on growing, mix one-part soil, one part compost and one part coco peat to make your potting mix.

2. Healthy soil: A healthy plant needs healthy soil. We all know how pesticides affect the health of the soil. So use fertilisers and composts like vermicompost, neem cakes, banana peel soaked water (potassium), the water used to wash rice, powdered eggshells (calcium), asafoetida (increases flowering), jeevamrutha (made of cow dung, cow urine, chickpea flour and jaggery) or panchagavya. These are excellent to nourish the soil.

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3. Watering the plant: Few plants need regular watering to thrive but some need only a few times a week. Know the water requirements of the plants you are sowing and growing. Also, do not flood the pot with water as they decompose the seed or lead to rotting in the roots of the plant. Ensure your pots have a drain hole to drain excess water. Add as much water that keeps the soil moist and do not flood the pot.

4. Sowing and seedlings: If you are planning to grow veggies from seeds, start by sowing them in a seed tray or seedling cups. As they grow to a certain height, transfer them to the pots. Seeds always don’t yield a plant as they are sometimes not viable or take a lot of time to grow. Buying seedlings grown in local nurseries are the best option to grow veggies like cauliflower or cabbage.

Nothing can taste as good as a meal made from the foods you’ve tended to and grown URself! Planting and growing UR own food can be a satisfying experience!

5. Natural pest control: Some plants attract a lot of pests. To control pests there are some plants known as companion plants. These plants like marigold, basil, onion chives, garlic and so on naturally control pests.

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Five best veggies you can grow at home

1. Tomatoes: They grow well with homemade compost. But remember, they also need calcium to prevent bottom end rot on the tomato fruit. If your soil doesn’t have enough calcium content, the tomatoes grow brown in colour and decay. Tomatoes also need a lot of sunlight, so chose a spot that is not shaded to place the plants. Buying a seedling of tomatoes is the best option for beginners. Basil is the best companion plant for pest control.

2. Brinjals: There are a lot of varieties in brinjals. So while picking up the seeds, make sure you know which kind of brinjals you are planning on sowing. Their needs are similar to those of tomatoes. They thrive if they are just taken care of with good fertilisers. Liquid homemade fertilisers are the best. Getting seedlings from a nursery is the best option for beginners. Brinjal plants attract bugs, but you needn’t worry because these can be easily taken care of companion plants thyme and tarragon.

3. Coriander: Growing this plant from seeds is quite easy and rarely fails to give a good yield. Gently break the seeds into half and sprinkle them over the soil. Add some soil to cover up the seeds and water the soil to keep it moist. Coriander needs partial sunlight to thrive so chose a shady place for these plants. Basil or mint herbs make excellent companion plants for coriander.

4. Spinach: Like coriander, spinach is easy to grow from seeds. Take a pot and make small holes that are no deeper than a centimetre. Place the seeds an inch apart from each other. Place two seeds per hole and water it adequately. Spinach grows well in partial sunlight. Radish and brinjal make great companion plants for spinach.

5. Bush beans: These plants take very less space to grow, making them ideal for growing in apartments. Growing these beans from seeds is quite easy. Place two bean seeds per pot. They germinate within a couple of weeks and give a good harvest in healthy soil. Bush beans thrive with good sunlight. Marigold or potato plants make excellent companion plants for bush beans.