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Food Growing For Plant Killers

I love to grow food. There’s something amazing about creating a dish around food that has grown through your attention. I love to garden.

But as much as I love to garden and grow my own food, I am very sporadic about it, to say the least. As with my many passions in life, I go through cycles of things, and gardening is one of them. I’ll have a week where I’m set on attacking a part of my yard, and do so with great conviction… But the next week, I’m into crochet or drawing or golf. I don’t easily stick to things. And with my busy mind, I’ve murdered more than one plant.

If you’re like me and plants shun your existence, how do you grow food that will actually end up on your plate?

Believe it or not, there are several options for the sporadic gardener to produce your own lovely food.plants to jesus

  1. Grow something quick. Sprouts are my go-to seeds if I want to grow something and I want it now. Just put them on the windowsill in the kitchen, that way, you’re sure to pass them daily and won’t forget to water them.
  2. Perennials are your friends. There are lots of perennials to choose from, fruit or vegetable. And they’re fine being neglected now and then. You can just leave your raspberries or blackberries to overgrow and tend to them when you think about it, or feel like it, but still harvest lovely produce.
    Not sure where to start? Go to your local gardening centre and ask for advice for your specific growing area. If you put these plants in the right spot, more than half the battle is won!
  3. Plant a tree! Once grown, your tree doesn’t require any attention. You can even buy nearly mature trees and then you don’t even have to wait all that long to harvest your produce.
  4. Salads can be grown literally anywhere, even in a little pot on your windowsill. They are quite forgiving, as long as they have enough light. Put them in beautiful pots on your veranda, or even inside, plant them instead of flowerbeds in your lawn. If you don’t cut the entire head when they’re ready, they’ll keep producing and you’ll easily be able to fill up on daily leafy greens.
  5. If even the above doesn’t work out for you due to lack of space or sheer gardening apathy, look into indigenous perennial herbs: chamomille, rosemary, thyme… these are all plants that you can plant once and sort of forget about, until you need them for a lovely cup of tea or a sprinkle of garden goodness on your salad or roast.

Hopefully you now have some inspiration and interest!

Happy gardening!
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Laura Schuerwegen

Laura Schuerwegen is a work at home mother of three. Originally from Belgium, she chose a warmer climate and moved to Malawi, where she’s currently establishing a chocolate business. She blogs about all things natural at Authentic Parenting.

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