I have always dreamed of having a backyard full of fruits, vegetables and herbs because nothing is more amazing than growing your organic own food. Over the years, I haven’t had much success with maintaining plants. Even though my name means “harvester”, I’ve always struggled to keep plants, such as succulents and orchids, alive. Rather than simply claiming that I don’t have a “green thumb”, I decide to be proactive. A few years ago, I took an urban agriculture class which was both rewarding and educational. Since then, I have spent time researching garden tips and tricks in hopes that I would be able to grow my own edible garden one day.
A month ago, I planted my first herb garden and I’m happy (and relieved) to say that my herb garden is still striving today! In my backyard, we currently have apples, limes, rosemary, mint and lavender, so I decided to plant herbs that we commonly cook with, which include basil, chives and cilantro. In addition, I received some free tomato plants from an Earth Day event, so I am currently working to transplant those, too!
I am definitely not a gardening expert, but here are a few tips that I’ve learned so far:
- If you don’t have a backyard, you can still have your own little garden in the patio! Indoor kitchen herb gardens are also another great option.
- If you claim that you don’t have a “green thumb” like me, start with something small, like herbs!
- If you are new to gardening, I would suggest buying a baby plant and transplanting it into your garden rather than starting from seeds.
- Do your research! Plants require different soil types, nutrients, water and sunlight.
- It’s best to water in the early morning. Otherwise, try to water during the late afternoon or early evening after the heat has passed.
- Organic produce can be expensive, so skip the pesticides and grow your own organic food.
- Be sure to follow a local planting calendar to make sure that you plant during the correct season. Above is a planting calendar created by SF Bay Gardening.
- Use your food scraps to create your own compost.
- The bee population is rapidly declining, but you can help maintain pollinators by planting their favorite herbs and flowers.
- If you want to reduce your water consumption, consider decorating your front yard or backyard with drought-resistant plants.