What will you feel if you do not need to go to a vegetable market this summer? Life will be smooth and you will be happy. Haha. Is this true? But everybody needs to go local vegetable market for buying fresh vegetables twice a week. Is this not true? Some people even buy fresh vegetables once a week and consume those throughout the week. But eventually, they are not consuming fresh vegetables. Not only that they still need to visit the vegetable market once or twice a week. Here here is a list of 5 simple steps to follow. Follow that and then forget going to the vegetable market this summer.
Does it sound unreal or impractical? But it is actually achievable. How?
Many people have a small flower garden. Somebody has 10 planters whereas somebody has 100 planters. They are using those planters to grow various flowering plants or indoor plants.
So if you enjoy gardening and ready to bring a few more planters to your garden then these steps are very easy for you.
5 steps to follow to avoid visiting the local vegetable market
1. Collect a few pots/planters
You just need to collect a few planters/pots/containers. 10-12 planters per person are enough to grow sufficient vegetables for this summer. So the first thing to do – collecting a few pots/containers/planters.
2. Prepare fertile soil for your plants
Soil is fertile if it contains various nutrition that a plant needs. There are so many products available in the market that provide all those nutrition in the soil. But the best way is to add enough compost to your soil. You can use vermicompost, kitchen waste compost or cow dung compost. You can mix various types of compost too.
3. Choose 6-7 of your favorite summer veg plants
You can not grow every possible type of vegetables in your garden. So you need to choose 6-7 vegetables of your choice. You can pick the most popular or your favorite vegetables that you generally buy from the market during every summer season. Bitter gourd, long beans, okra (bhindi), brinjal, ridge gourd, pumpkin etc are very popular summer vegetables. You should grow chilli plants along with all other vegetables because, without chilli, you can hardly make any Indian dish. You can buy all of those seeds or seedlings from the local nursery.
4. Plants those & take proper care
So after planting, you need to take proper care of those seedlings, fertilize those plants during the growing stage and harvesting stage. So you can add a handful compost after every 2 or 3 weeks. During the growth stage as well as the harvesting stage you also need to protect your plants from harmful insects & disease. There are many organic or chemical insecticides & fungicides available in the market. You should use atleast 2 types of fungicides & insecticides after regular interval.
5. Start harvesting vegetables
This is the best period for a gardener when he/she starts harvesting fresh vegetables and cook delicious dishes for his/her family. It becomes more exciting when you have used only organic inputs (insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers etc).
Once you start following those steps then very soon you can avoid visiting local market every week. Once you stock potatoes, onions, garlic, ginger & other spices. You can simply forget visiting a vegetable market. But still you can have plenty of fresh vegetables from your kitchen garden.