To do homesteading right you will also need to start a garden. It is an essential step to becoming self-sufficient to have a garden that produces plenty of vegetables for your family.
Don’t be concerned if you don’t have room for a large garden. Some of the best producing gardens come from small gardens grown in containers.
It might be a good idea to start your first homestead garden in a small container before trying to tackle a larger one. This will help ensure that your first gardening experience will be fun and rewarding.
Growing a garden can be difficult for various reasons. The weather can make gardening a challenge, not to mention the mice and rabbits that happen upon it and decide they might like to have a little snack in your cabbage patch.
But if you start small then your chances of success will grow exponentially.
There are a lot of different containers you can use, from wooden or stone boxes to buckets or woven bags. You can even grow a garden in old bathtubs, if you’re after that hillbilly look.
You’ll want to make sure they have enough sunlight. Find an area in your yard that has at least 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight. This will ensure your garden will prosper to its fullest.
Here’s a few benefits to starting a container garden:
Helps Keep Out Unwanted Visitors
The container garden can be covered up with wire mesh, when the plants are just starting to grow, keeping out little mice that can dig out the newly forming plant. Then taken off as the plants start to mature.
The raised garden beds are beneficial for various reasons, by getting your garden up off the ground, it will discourage many accidents that might happen.
Like when your dog starts running right through your garden, to chase after that cute rabbit nibbling on your bean patch. Stomping on every plant in the garden, you’ve just planted.
Easy To Care For
You can also plant vegetables in fun containers and put them on your deck. You’ll find it surprising just how much one tomato plant can produce. If properly cared for, it will produce enough tomatoes for not only you and your family, but enough for your friends as well.
They can produce at much as 20 pounds of fruit per plant. That is a lot!
When your container garden is up off the ground you can walk all the way around the plants, making it easier to care for them.
And you can add a little boarder fence much easier with a small container garden than you could a large one. Keeping out little bunnies and dogs.
Less Weeds To Pull
Another benefit of container gardening is that you’ll have less weeds to pull. Usually just one good weeding will do for a small container. In a few weeks you might have to pull a few more. Much less work than a with a large garden, that will need weeding much more often.
A small well-taken care of garden will produce more crops for you than a large garden that’s not taken care of and full of weeds.
Start Plants Earlier
You will be able to start your garden much earlier in the year, say a lettuce patch, can be started in a small hot house. Made by a simple wooden construction, with an old window hinged to the frame.
During the night the frame will be shut, then on hot days the window can be propped up with a stick, to let out the hot air. Closing it back up at night, when the frost might damage the crop.
Then the structure can be moved off the garden spot, when the last frost date has past and you’ll have an early lettuce crop to enjoy.
A simple container garden is an ideal way to learn how to properly take care of your plants. You won’t let weeds overtake it and you will have a nice healthy garden that will produce a crop of fresh vegetables for you to enjoy. And it tough times they may well be essential to your health.
Here are some useful items for container gardening: