Growing a sustainable garden is one of the most satisfying ways to make use of the land around your property. By sustainable, I mean a garden that is full of tasty vegetables, beans, corn and fruit – a garden that can provide food for your table rather than just being something pretty to look at. Not only does it make your patio look better, but it can form part of a nutritious meal.
Keep in mind that your “garden” can be as simple as just a handful of plants, no more than a couple square foot in space. It could also be much more intricate, with all kinds of herbs and vegetables.
Where to Plant Your Garden
There are primarily two ways to plant your garden. First, you can plant your garden in the soil around your patio. In that case, you’ll want to use plants that grow big, so that their ambiance can influence the look of your patio.
Alternatively, you can choose to set your plants in pots. If you choose to go down this route, then you can have your plants on the patio itself. The second method also makes it easy to plant all kinds of different plants almost anywhere on your patio.
Ideally, you’ll want to locate your plants somewhere that gets sunlight but, at the same time, is also protected from the elements. The plants don’t have to be in sunlight all day, they just needs to get some sunlight some fo the time.
Of course, the climate where you live plays a big role in choosing what kinds of plants to grow.If you’re in a climate that has a lot of rain and wind, then you’ll want to stick with very sturdy plants and vegetables such as kale or potatoes. On the other hand, if you are lucky enough to live in a calmer climate, then you can choose from a wider array of plants, from mint to tomatoes, onions to lettuce.Figure out what kind of weather you can expect throughout the course of the year and do some research into what plants thrive in that environment.
Why Choose Organic?
Try to get organic seeds to grow your plants with. If you can’t find an organic seed, just try extracting the seeds from an organic plant. For example, you can buy an organic lemon and use the seeds from it. There are many benefits to using organic plants; they grow faster, bigger and healthier than their genetically altered counterparts, they’re more sustainable, taste better and also look better on your patio.
Grow Foods That You’ll Eat
Finally, make sure that you grow plants you’ll actually eat. Mix things up. Perhaps plant some of your favorite fruits, or try mixing some herbs and some veggies.Many people find that the food they grow themselves tastes far better than food they buy at the grocery store and adding a sustainable garden to your patio will help you go more green while giving you delicious foods to eat and saving you a bit of money.