Timing Your Planting
One of the most important things to understand about gardening is timing. Generally people start their garden in the spring and harvest in summer and fall. However, the exact time you will need to start planting is based on the climate where you live.
The date(s) that you need to plant your seeds depends on which plant hardiness zone you live in. The USDA divides the U.S. into zones based on climate. You can find out what zone you are in using this map.
Where to Grow
If you’re wondering where you’re supposed to grow your food, you have a number of options!
A common question is “what if I don’t have access to land?” Don’t worry! Many areas have community gardens, and you may be able to rent a plot there for a fee (which may be based on your income level). If you’re a college student, your institution may have gardening plots on campus for students and staff to use!
Another option is container gardening. You can grow food in containers right on your patio, balcony, windowsill, or any other area where your plants can get a good amount of sunlight. Just pick your plants based on how much sunlight you have and how deep your containers are.
13 Reasons to Grow Your Own Food
In an age where we buy can find practically anything in a grocery store, it might seem like fruit and vegetable gardening is a pointless and outdated hobby. But growing your own food provides so many benefits: