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A Self-Sufficient Home Garden That Boosts Immunity Too!

A Self-Sufficient Home Garden That Boosts Immunity Too!

When the 21-day lockdown was announced in the country, were you worried if there would be sufficient supplies to feed the whole family? Did you have concerns about running out of fresh food?

Well, you weren’t alone. This was a collective fear rampant across the country.

Most of us have sailed through this lockdown for now, but what if such a lockdown was announced again in the future? What if you could not step out of your home at all? How would you provide three healthy meals a day to your family in this situation? Moreover, how would you strengthen the immunity of your loved ones in case of an impending pandemic?

Too many questions, but surely worth a thought. After all, the pandemic has proved to us that anything can happen.

The one way you could manage to ensure enough food without having access to groceries or markets is to be self-sufficient. That is, by growing one’s own food and using existing produce to do so. But is this really possible?

Yes, it sure is. 

We cleared your misconceptions about home gardening and shared the benefits of growing a vegetable garden at home. Now, let’s walk through how your home garden can lead your way to be self-sufficient. 

The triple F formula – Food From Food

Did you know that 80% of the food you consume can be grown at home itself? Also, most vegetables can be grown from existing produce, without having to outsource seeds or fertilizers separately. 

For example, you can grow a potato plant from a potato. If you simply keep a potato aside for a few days, you will observe buds growing out from it. If this budded or sprouted potato is sown in soil and given sufficient sunlight and water, you will soon see that tiny plantlets begin to pop out. 

In the same way, you can grow a plant out of an existing onion, by sowing its chopped bottom. Garlic too can be grown easily at home, from its cloves. You can replant lemongrass stalks to see a fresh sapling stem out of it. 

If you find yourself thinking, “I have sown seeds from my veggies, taken requisite care, waited for a sufficiently long time, and it still hasn’t resulted in the growth of the plant! What am I doing wrong?” We have a solution to offer. The seeds you sowed may actually be non-regenerative. In this case, try sowing fresh seeds of that plant, sourced from a market or nursery. (Still have questions? Let us help you.

Self-sufficiency does not stop here; in addition to utilizing available veggies for seeds, you can even use your kitchen waste to enhance the soil for these plants. 

That’s right- Composting. 

Leftovers of fruits, vegetables, tea and coffee, which would otherwise be dumped in the garbage, can be used to make compost at home. This compost is an excellent fertilizer for your budding plants. 

Eating the produce you grow, utilizing food waste as fertilizer to nurture those plants, and using existing produce to re-grow the plants – this completes the entire cycle of self-sufficiency. 

Now, you have applied the triple F formula and are no longer concerned about running out of fresh food for your family. Bravo! But along with this, is there a way you can make the most out of your home garden and improve the immunity of your loved ones?

Immunity booster food – grown right at home

A popular, age-old proverb says – 

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”

Fruits, vegetables, spices have healing properties and are key to good health. Most of us can give our body all the nutrition it needs from natural food. When it comes to food that boosts immunity, those with vitamin C top the list. Veggies and fruits like tomato, bitter gourd, and papaya are rich in vitamin C, and can be easily grown at home. 

Turmeric and ginger tea is a very promising immunity booster. Turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing agent. Ginger, on the other hand, helps in soothing your stomach and cleansing your lymphatic system – aka your body’s natural drainage system that removes toxins from your body tissues. You can grow ginger and turmeric by planting a whole piece of the rhizome in the soil. 

Leafy greens like palak (spinach) and methi (fenugreek) are loaded with nutrients and can be easily grown in your terrace or balcony garden.  

You can cook healthy soups with your own produce. Spring onions, carrots are tasty contenders and can be accompanied by herbs like dhaniya (coriander), all of which can be grown at home. Won’t it be amazing if you can top your healthy salads with home grown lettuce that has been freshly plucked from your own garden? You can know for sure how clean, nutritious and safe the food on your plate is.  

And as great for your health these immunity-boosting fresh veggies are, they are also equally easy on your pocket. Your home vegetable garden can surely reduce your expenses by shrinking your grocery list. 

Say hello to savings!

Can everyone grow a self-sufficient garden?

Many people have considered taking up gardening in their homes, at least once in their lifetime. But most of them simply overestimate the effort gardening takes, and give up the very thought of it. 

We truly believe that growing a self-sufficient home vegetable garden is everybody’s game. However, the process can be simplified if you have someone to guide you. That’s who we are – your companion, your guide, in your journey to growing your own healthy food.  

As much as we hope that we never face another lockdown, we think it’s wise to be prepared for it. A small balcony garden or terrace garden, with minimal investments, can reap a surplus of food and good health. With our home garden app – Kheti Buddy Home, the journey is half the effort and double the joy. 

Grow your way to self-sufficiency with a home vegetable garden! Learn more.