During this pandemic situation, people are more concerned about healthy food. Till a few months ago, most people want to eat healthy to look fit & slim. But nowadays, everybody wants to eat healthy to stay healthy during this COVID19 pandemic. Haha! Is this not true? But how to eat healthy during coronavirus pandemic? I mean washing vegetables properly, sanitizing our hands, avoiding spicy & oily food, eating more green vegetables, drinking immunity boosting drinks, are these all about healthy eating? Is this enough?
All those are good practices and people should follow those rules to stay healthy. Many television shows are telecasted on this topic. Doctors are advising on what to eat & what not to eat. Ayush Mantralaya (Government of India) also advised a few tips & recommended some herbal drinks to boost our immunity power. Many of us also following those tips & guidelines. Then what next?
How many times, do you want to visit your local vegetable shops to buy fresh vegetable? How often will you visit local market to buy fresh fruits? Is this safe to visit local market multiple times to buy fresh vegetables & fruits to eat healthy food?
A lot of chemicals are used to make those so-called fresh fruits & vegetables. Chemical fertilizers, fungicide, pesticide, insecticides etc are very widely used to achieve maximum productivity and attractive looking vegetables. Some dishonest vegetable vendors may apply chemical on those vegetables to look fresh for a longer duration.
So this is the high time to engage yourself in rooftop farming or backyard farming for own consumption. This will not only give your fresh & healthy fruits & vegetables but also it will give you the opportunity to spend time with green nature. This is the best way to eat healthy during coronavirus pandemic.
You are forced to stay at home and away from the nature. Then bring the nature at your premise and do something crazy, joyful & exciting.
So these are 5 unique steps to grow vegetables at home which will lead you to eat healthy during this corona virus pandemic.
1. Pagulpan ki hadh hain – Buy vegetable seeds
Some people may think that you became mad and doing something super crazy. Your family may think so, not only that you may think so that when you will start to do it. “Pagulpan ki hadh ho gaya yaar”. But you will be happy when your seeds will start germinating and finally when you will harvest fruits & vegetables. You can buy seeds or seedling from the local nursery. But if you do not have any nursery or plant shop near your vicinity then you can easily buy those online. Buy only those seeds which are native to your locality & suitable for your weather because it will make your gardening easy.
2. Pandemic mein shopping – Purchase gardening essentials
If you are the first-time gardener then you may need some tools for gardening, particularly for digging soil, mixing potting mix etc. But most households definitely have some equipment or tools to deal potting mix or soil. But apart from tools, you will definitely need fertilizers, pesticide, fungicide etc. You can buy organic pesticide & fungicide from the items available in your kitchen. You can make kitchen compost for reducing gardening cost. But if you are the first-time gardener then you need to follow Jungle ka kanoon (Rule of the forest) wala mitti for your potting mix. Then you will know what all fertilizers you will need for gardening and how to make a perfect potting mix. So let’s go for shopping during this pandemic.
3. Jungle ka kanoon wala mitti – Prepare own potting mix
Now what is Jungle ka kanoon wala mitti? Do you know? When I started gardening and I have no idea about gardening or rooftop farming then I followed these rules to make the perfect potting mix.
Nature is such a thing what does not need any management by the human. It is naturally beautiful & perfect. So if you want to make your own rule & control nature then it will definitely harm you in the near future. The plant is also a part of nature, so it does not need any management by the human.
So I started observing or thinking about the soil of any forest. What are elements available there?
- The first thing that comes in my mind is compost (prepared with fallen leaves, animal poops, dead animal).
- The second thing that comes in my mind is bone & horn of dead animal because lions, tiger, wolf etc leave those parts of the body of dead animal after eating.
- Billions of microorganism
So So the most important thing of any potting mix is compost fertilizer, I prefer to use atleast two types of compost preferably vermicompost & kitchen waste compost. For me, horn meal and bone meal are optional. I normally add horn meal & bone meal to the plants which live many years like fruit plants.
4. Bhar do hara rang – Grow your own vegetables
Once you have arranged everything. Then it’s time for growing fruits & vegetable plants. Apply atleast one type of organic pesticide (neem oil, garlic extracts, lemongrass extracts) every week. I prefer to alternate pesticide every week. Apply any liquid fertilizer (mustard cake, compost extracts etc) every week to maintain growth & health of every plant. Apply all those and within a few weeks, your garden will be green & beautiful.
Initially, when I started gardening I read many online articles, watched many videos for hours to learn gardening. I was scared after knowing this. People are saying different things for different plants. Preparations of soil are different for different plants. I am shocked. How will I manage 20 types of vegetable plants at times? It was impossible. It was like I was there for doing my PhD.
So I unlearned everything and started gardening simple way. I applied same potting mix. That too prepared with same amount garden soil & compost fertilizer. Sometimes I used to add handful sand. That’s it. I got decent result. Chemical fertilizers are like
5. Man bhi hara kitchen bhi hara – Harvest fresh vegetables & eat healthy
By this stage, you would spend a few months with green nature. So your heart would be filled with green nature and peace in mind. Now it would be the time for fill your kitchen with green leafy vegetables & other seasonal vegetables. This is the most happiest stage of every gardener when they harvest fresh & healthy vegetables for their family members.
So do you admit that those 5 tips are the best tips to eat healthy during coronavirus pandemic?