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Building a DIY Raised Garden

by Benjamin Sauerborn
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A great way to make a healthier change in your life is to start your own vegetable garden. Becoming more intimate with the food you eat, from sowing seeds to the kitchen is a great way to become more conscious about what you eat. Have your children join in on the fun too, the sooner they are exposed to food literacy the better they will be at keeping a healthy, balanced diet where they choose what they eat.

It’s important to know where our food comes from because these days, with the use and optimization of cooling and transportation, your food can easily come from any part of the world. It’s not just about a healthier lifestyle and bragging rights, it’s about taking control of what you eat and what you put into your body, and getting the most of it without associating with any harmful practices.

A garden in your home can promote a routine cycle with minimal waste coming out of your home. Heres how:

Research has found that the average American, wastes around 1 pound of food per day. People with healthier diets rich in fruit and veg waste even more because of all the bitter fruit peels and tough vegetables ends. Through composting, you can minimize the amount of food waste you produce and create organic fertilizer for your fresh vegetables. There isn’t much special equipment required to start composting, and it doesn’t require a lot of space, all you need is a bin for scraps, a stick, determination, and a few key rules.

Aside from reducing grocery costs in the home, having a garden in your backyard greatly reduces one of the supermarket’s biggest impact on the environment; useless plastic. Wrapping vegetables and fruits in plastic bags, wrappers, and containers for our convenience has led to one of the world’s largest environmental catastrophes.

Maintenance is by far the biggest milestone to overcome when you build your first garden. It can feel like a chore before you attain any delicious results. But all good things come with time and making sure your garden is weed-free, pest-free and free of pesticides is key to raising an organic garden. in a large, crowded garden, weeds can be easy to spot and other smaller ones not so much, with a raised bed, anything that is out of place stick out like a sore thumb, especially in the important early months, try to go scan your garden every day for weeds pulling whatever you find.

Pests are a common issue. Caterpillars, earwigs, and pillbugs all like to enjoy your fresh produce as much as you. The best way to check for any pest action is to look at the leaves on the plant. A leaf with obvious bite trails will obviously have has some “bug-action’. There are a number of actions you can take to prevent bugs from infesting your garden. One is a bug fleece, they’re not always very effective because obviously, the bugs can squeeze through many little crevices. There are a number of natural pesticides you can buy and even make at home. One of the most effective natural pesticides in the world is neem oil, from a neem tree. To make the most of this essential oil you will need half an ounce of the oil, half a teaspoon of mild, organic soap, and two quarts of warm water. Stir it all together, empty into a spray bottle and you’re ready to go.

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