Grow Your Own Food In 7, 30, and 60 days
Learn to grow organic, fresh vegetables to supplement you and your family’s diet—even if you’ve never done it before or have a reputation for killing plants.
The Fast to Vast Plan
If you’re new to vegetable gardening, you probably have a mental picture of planting in the spring, growing food all summer, and then harvesting in the fall. Certainly there are some plants that need that long to grow, but many delicious vegetables can be grown in less time. The Fast to Vast Plan emphasizes rapid growth veggies that build up to abundant harvests.
Microgreens and sprouts can be grown in 2-7 days with very little space and few supplies. They are excellent for quickly producing fresh produce. Most people know of alfalfa and bean sprouts, but there is actually a large variety.
Vegetables like radishes, baby lettuce, spinach, and more can be ready in about 4 weeks. By planting the right amount each week, a regular crop of fresh produce can be ready for a weekly harvest.
In about 60 days, a whole host of hardy veggies can be ready to eat such as fingerling carrots, baby beets, zucchinis, cucumbers, peas, bok choy, and more. At this point, some plants will provide produce every week.
Top Reasons to Grow Vegetables
Fresh veggies have superior flavor
Buy less groceries less often
Gardening is like meditation
Get more nutrition from fresher food
On This Journey
Knowing what vegetables to plant, how many to plant, and when to plant/harvest is just the beginning. I’ll also cover:
- Reviewing garden supplies and equipment
- Watering and fertilizing your garden
- Pruning and training plants
- Dealing with pests and problems
- Storing and preserving vegetables
- And of course, delicious recipes!
Finding supplies during the pandemic
Starting a vegetable garden during the COVID-19 pandemic is a great habit to form. The most obvious value is that by growing food you can reduce the amount of times you need to go out in public and stock up on food (or sanitize items that were delivered). Gardening is also a healthy stress reliever that gives you something to do. It appeals to our desire to feel like we’re doing something we can control during a time where it feels like many things are out of our control. Plus, the outcome of the time you spend gardening is delicious, fresh produce—what’s not to like about that! There are some aspects about gardening that are more challenging at the moment. For example, it can be a challenge to find seeds or soil. I’ll share what I know and invite you to share ways you’ve overcome challenges getting supplies.