Tips for growing herbs and veggies at home
(Family Features) – All over the country, people are taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures of growing their own vegetables and herbs. From small container gardens and raised beds, to community-based home farms where people grow food with neighbors, the idea of home-grown goodness has taken root. In fact, a recent survey from Triscuit* found that more than 60 percent of Americans say they are interested in growing fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs in a backyard garden and 44 percent have grown some of their own food in the past year.
If you haven’t started digging in to the trend, it’s not too late. “The Gardener Guy,” Paul James, has teamed up with Triscuit to celebrate the “Home Farming” movement, which encourages the simple joy of growing fresh herbs and vegetables on home farms and community-based home farms. James has shared some helpful tips to get you started.
Home Farming 101 – How-to’s for beginners
- Where to plant – Vegetables and herbs can be grown in practically any container, which should have a hole in the bottom so it can drain.
- Nourish your garden -Make sure plants get at least five to six hours of sun a day and feed them every couple of weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
- Water, water, water – Water plants every few days and increase to every day in the summer. Saturate the top half inch of soil so seeds can absorb moisture to germinate.