Growing a vegetable garden in the backyards is becoming the latest trend in North Carolina. Organically raising your vegetables is not just considered a hobby anymore but can also be a formal food source.
We experience a certain satisfaction when we put in the effort to plant a seed, nurture it, watch it grow, and harvest the fruits of our patience and labor. Besides, this way, you know what manure and fertilizer are being used and how organic you are eating. In addition, vegetable gardening is a form of light exercising and allows you to take in much needed fresh air.
Take a moment to appreciate nature and get gardening!
How Do You Start?
Vegetable gardening is fairly simple to practice and doesn’t require a ton of skill. First comes site selection. Pick an area that gets plenty of sunlight, has fertile and well-drained soil. You will need a lot of space. Traditionally, a kitchen garden is meant to be a steady year-round supply for your dinner table. But it can be modified to accommodate smaller spacings.
Once you have demarcated the area, it’s time to start planning! Prepare a layout sectioning off plots by area. You could even add perennial plants to your garden as fencing.
Prepare the soil by tilling and plowing, creating bunds, and adding the appropriate organic matter. You could even form a compost pit in a little corner and use it as a natural and cost-effective fertilizer.
Then comes deciding what you want to plant. Typically, going for annual crop rotations make the best use out of small landholdings and are sufficient to provide for a family. Plan your crops by season, soil, effort, and labor you are willing to invest in, and the location. For North Carolina, some common plants are -Artichokes, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Leek, Lettuce, Melons, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, etc.
Finally comes the actual practice of selecting the seeds, sowing, weeding, watering, and finally, harvesting. The best part is that you do not need to purchase expensive equipment or chemicals for intensive farming. Organic kitchen gardening is all about sustainable agriculture. So you could use domestic waste like degradable food scraps and turn it into compost, or for seasonal vegetables, you could use the last harvest’s hay and husk as mulch and covers. Reuse and re-purpose each product, and you will have for yourself an organic vegetable garden.
Vegetable Gardening in North Carolina
While a kitchen garden is sufficient to provide for single families, you could also package and sell it at your local farmer’s market for an additive income. Depending on your share of land, and investments, starting an organic garden in your backyards can be a small scale success in the local markets.
North Carolina’s economy largely depends on agricultural practices. With people becoming more aware of the health concerns related to modern-day chemical-based crop raising, many have turned towards organic farming right at their homes. Plus, the dire circumstance cause by the global pandemic of COVID-19 has made the decision to participate in this shift all the more real.