Who doesn’t like summer fruits ? Mango, Watermelon and many more. Also, almost every dish is cooked with the taste of coriander and tomato. But, I heard from my mother that these days fruits and vegetables are tasteless because they are grown with artificial methods.
To get rid of this, the best solution is to create your own ORGANIC dream house of fruits and vegetables. Organic Agriculture has a history of being contentious and is being considered by some as an efficient approach to food production. It is a form of agriculture that depends on various techniques such as vermicomposting, crop rotation, green manure, animal husbandry, bio fertilizers and biological pest control.
To promote food security and sustainability, modern organic farming was developed as a response to the environmental harm caused by the use of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in conventional agriculture.
Some fruits and vegetables are listed here which you can easily plant them using modern organic farming techniques at your home and enjoy:
1. CORIANDER: It is the herb that is used in almost every Indian dish to give some taste and look presentable. Seeds work best for it as they germinate within 7-10 days.
2. BELL PEPPERS: Different colours of Bell Pepper make food look more delicious and attractive. They can be easily grown in the soil with ph. level 5.8 to 6.5 in hot temperature.
3. TOMATOES: Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A and C, and low in calories. They can be grown in containers with 3 to 5 gallons in size.
4. GARLIC: Garlic brings a special taste to almost every Punjabi dish, this can be easily grown by a beginner.
5. CABBAGE: Cabbage is a popular choice that can be fermented because it grows well and stores well.
The requirement for growing fruits and vegetables is that one doesn’t need to step out of their houses in this lockdown period and enjoy this fun and healthy activity at their home.
You need a sunny spot to receive a sufficient amount of sunlight. If you don’t have a garden, you can still grow some fruits and vegetables in your balcony or at your terrace. So find a good sunny place at your home first and let’s start the useful activity with the useful tips as mentioned below.
Here are some tips on how to practice organic farming at home:
- Prepare the soil with cow dung and nutritious compost.
- Collect some kitchen waste like vegetable peels, rotten fruits, egg shells etc., avoid adding material that can cause odor or attract insects like oil or meat.
- Mix this waste with soil in the container and keep it covered with some holes in the lid for ventilation.
- Be sure to follow the spacing requirements on seed packets to avoid crowding. Good air flow between the plants can help prevent many types of fungal diseases.
- Look out for weeds, pests after planting.
- Proper care is a must.
- Hang yellow or blue boards with castor oil spread on them to prevent pests.
- The benefits of terrace farming are they attract less weed, and each plant gets more nutrients.
Health is the most important thing for us. Growing them at your house helps you in mental illness and your family can enjoy healthy, tasty, fresh produce free of synthetic chemicals or pesticides.
By- Kriti Jain