Raw Food Garden
Many raw foodists also believe in organic foods, as organic foods
are better for the environment and can be better for you. Avoid
pesticides and other chemicals harmful to yourself and to animals by
buying organic fruits and nuts, and you could try growing your own
food in a backyard garden. If you don’t have a backyard, you can try
container gardening for some smaller plants, such as herbs for tea.
In choosing what to plant, you first have to consider what will grow
in your area. Also, and this should be fairly obvious, plant things
you will want to eat and be able to eat raw. Many people plant
things because they are easy to grow – zucchini comes to mind here –
and then end up with so much that they cannot give it all away.
Nice things to grow might include carrots, a zucchini plant, a few
tomato plants, and some berry bushes. Strawberries are easy to grow
in a pot and can be fun for kids. And there is nothing nicer than
walking outside and snapping a few peapods of your pea vines and
eating them right of the vine.
Plant in early spring, after you are sure the final frost has
finished. Before planting, prepare the soil with a layer of compost
or manure. Let it sit for a few days before beginning your garden.
Each package of seeds will have instructions as to when and where to
plant the seeds. After the planting, water the soil with a generous
amount of water. Be careful to leave tags to show where you have
planted your rows, so that when the plants begin sprouting, you do
not mistake them for weeds. To keep pests away in an organic
fashion, spray the leaves of your plants with soap and water if you
see aphids. Some insects are your friends, though – ladybugs will
eat aphids, for example.
If you are container gardening, either because you don’t have a
backyard or you just want more garden space, make sure your
container has proper drainage. If water stays in the soil, the roots
can rot. If your container does not have proper drainage, try
putting a layer of pebbles at the bottom, where water can sit. This
way the water drains out of the soil, and can later be reabsorbed by
the soil if needed, but your plants’ roots are not sitting in wet
dirt all the time. Be careful not to over water.
In your container, plant plants that do not need a lot of space.
Small herbs are often good choices, as they can then be easily
tended. Tomato plants or cherry tomato plants will work well in an
outdoor container, with some sort of stick, wall, or other support
for when they grow taller.
You would be surprised at the number of things you can grow in your
own backyard, plants that are not only edible while raw, but also
will look nice in your garden.
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