It can be empowering to cultivate your own food and gardening is a very interesting hobby as well. You will get to see the plants grow from seedlings and your fruits of labour will be on your dining table which can be very rewarding.
Planting edible gardens has been made easy with food garden kits. There are many companies that offer these kits but you need to have an idea of the essentials to be included. Some kits include wicking beds that bring down the maintenance of the garden considerably. So even if you have a busy schedule, you can reap the efforts of planting. Watering is one of the main maintenance routines that you will need to do once you have an edible garden. But with the help of a wicking bed, you can go some time between watering as there is a reservoir located below the garden bed. However, when selecting a wicking bed, there are a few factors you need to consider. Check the capacity of the reservoir as this will give you an idea of how frequently you will need to fill it. Also, consider the water requirements of the plants you are planning to have. It is best to use plants with similar water requirements in one wicking bed or planter for optimal operation.
There are many materials
That can be used for wicking beds so you have to choose something durable that matches the aesthetic of your garden and home. You can purchase commercially available wicking beds to save you some time and effort. There are wicking planter boxes that can be used for this. The wicking medium should have good capillary action. This will also be provided in the garden kit. Some examples of wicking mediums are perlite, coir and scoria. You will also be provided with a planting mix with good drainage. This will ensure the root system of your plants grow healthy. Consider the nutrient needs of the plants you have in mind when choosing the plant mix. When you are growing food, pests and inclement weather can be a challenge.
Look for kits that come with a garden bed cover so that you can protect your plants from this.
This will create a protective barrier and it will create its own microclimate. Another benefit of garden bed covers is that they will protect the plants against excessive sunlight. Look for garden bed covers in fabric, mesh or plastic. You need to consider the climate in your area when selecting the material. This is what ensures your plants get optimal protection and ventilation. And make sure the cover fits the garden bed properly. Covers that can be removed and attached easily are very convenient. Also, you can add worm kits to your garden so that you can provide nutrient rich compost to the plants and at the same time manage kitchen waste. These are vermicomposting systems that will allow worms to break down the organic matter in kitchen scraps.