Simple steps to grow your own food

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By BenjaminBeck

Find the right space to house your vegetable and fruit

Start small. You can start with a small vegetable patch, or some raised beds in your backyard. If you don’t have enough space outside, three or four large tubs or pots on the deck, or near the kitchen door, would be great starting points. The farm we run is nestled in the heart of DFW and provides farmers markets throughout the year. In less than 1 area, we’ve achieved Braga farms DFW homesteading goals become reality by cultivating over 45 varieties of fruit and vegetables in the best natural and wholesome way that is possible.

A community garden may be available if space is limited at your home. You can request a plot if you enjoy the idea of gardening together.

Know the seasons for your vegetable and fruit varieties

Many fruits and vegetables are seasonal. They reach maturity at certain times or bear fruit during the year. For example, tomatoes peak in summer while apples and pear are harvested in autumn and late summer. This means that vegetables should be planted at the best time to ensure they mature properly. Gardening is a process that requires planning and research. Get a calendar or diary and write down the times you should sow seeds, plant seedlings, or harvest.

You can grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

It doesn’t matter if you have limited space, it is worth trying different varieties of plants. While your first green bean crop will be spectacular, you will also enjoy smaller crops of other fruits and vegetables throughout the year. You’ll also learn so much more.

Know your soil

The key to success is knowing your soil. You can quickly determine if your soil is mostly clay, sand or loam by simply smelling it with a few drops of water. This will help you determine if you need to amend the soil before sowing your crops.

What to sow

What are seeds, seedlings? The type of crop you are growing will determine what you plant. Some vegetables’ seeds and bulbs can be planted directly in the ground, while others need to be sown in seed trays. Once they are hardened, some plants will do well when transplanted later. Before you begin, read the labels and instructions on all packets. If you are new to growing food, it may be a better idea to get seedlings in punnets or cell packs.

When should you water your plants?

Water is essential for plants to be able to convert sunlight and nutrients into food. You should keep an eye out for signs of wilting and other signs that plants may need more water. When it is hot and sunny, or when there are winds, be extra careful. Avoid watering during the middle of the day. Instead, water in the late afternoon or early evening when the sun isn’t as intense.

Protect fruit and vegetable plants

Certain fruits and vegetables can be vulnerable to frost damage or pests such as birds and insects. It’s important to provide some protection to minimize these potential dangers. Each of the three options will provide some protection against pests and insects: shade cloth, bird netting, and poly tunnels. Chicken wire will provide shelter for cats who frequent raised garden beds and gardens.

Timely Harvest

Some crops can be left on the plants or in the ground until they are ready to be eaten. Some crops will taste better if they are picked as soon as possible after they have ripened. Some crops can be difficult to pick, so make sure you keep an eye on their progress as they ripen. If you are unsure whether a crop is ready, your taste buds will decide.


Many of the food we buy from supermarkets has traveled a long distance to reach us. Growing your own food can reduce the “food miles”. It will be fresh and picked at peak ripeness, in season – making it likely to be delicious. It’s also incredibly satisfying to have grown it yourself!