Picture it, Atlanta 2020 and stores shut down in our area due to COVID 19. The virus has the country on perpetual pins and needles as we anxiously await all clears. Word of some form of safety or normalcy in the returns of our routines.
During this time we've been exposed to the general lack of care and accountability of our government, as well as ourselves. The quarantine has show a lot of us where our focus was and where it should be. Without the excuse of time, we are no longer bound by the excuse to not be accountable for our own well being. Im here to help be a catalyst for the largest revolutionary act you could legally pull off.
Growing your own food. Starting your own garden gives you the ability to be in control of what you consume not just what’s available. All fruit and vegetable in your zone can be grown indoors.
Personal gardens are tended to with care and tend to produce sweeter more vibrant tasting eats so that's even more reason to consider testing to see if your thumb is in fact green.
You can get started by choosing from this list:
Regrowing scraps is probably the most easy and cost effective way to sustain a supply of veggies and fruit. Vegetables like cabbage, greens, herbs, and potatoes can all be regrow from scrap food wed normally throw away.
Placing used stems in cups of fresh water (changed daily) will help the plant reestablish a root system for replanting. Once roots grow to about 2 in long add to soil in pot. Buying a few heads of cabbage a month can wield a seasons worth of regrowth.
Remember to always choose pots and planter with adequate draining holes. Pots allow for moving into sunlight around various places of homes when indoors. Just follow the sun and you'll be okay.
Other things to consider are having proper soil, nutrients, lighting, and space. So it's critical to do proper research before starting up so you can avoid these common mistakes.
But let's face it, we do not all have green thumbs. Some of us may need a lil help to get started. Nursery/Grocery store seedlings are great garden starters because they have already been planted and hardened off for the weather. The plants come with established root systems and are ready to pop into a pot or the ground. They are also available as a part of the SNAP/EBT program.
If you have already established yourself as a part of the Green Thumb Gang than you know growing from seed requires patience and willingness to fail. Seed starters are available for germinating seeds but the tissue method is the most cost effective.
You take 6 sheets of tissue and place 3 inside a plastic bag or onto a paper plate. Add just enough water to wet the tissue but not pool water. Add seeds about an inch apart. Cover with remaining tissue and wet slightly. Tissue should be wet but not dripping. Place in warm dry area until seeds sprout. Gently wet tissue to transplant seedlings to half filled solo cup. Fill cup up to baby leaves. This method applies to any seed. Boom. Too easy.
No matter which method you use, taking advantage of the time and resources available to establish even just a supplemental food supply for you and your family is a wise choice. Pair it with cute pots and planters to incorporate it into your home décor.
I hope these simple tricks and tools can help you transform even the smallest of spaces into innovative food sources. Can't wait to see your gardens!
Robinne, A Grown Ass Black Woman