Largely due to the pandemic, lots of people have been cultivating their own garden at home these days. Aside from the relief it provides for stress and anxiety, it also helps when you know where your fruits and veggies come from and how they are grown. Not to mention that they’re also better for the environment!
If you’re worried about the difficulties of plant parenthood and having your plants die on you, you can read up on the basics of gardening to prepare. Done? Now here are seven low-maintenance edible plants to get your Suntrust home garden started.
String beans are one of the most used vegetables in cooking and are incredibly easy to grow. Although their roots are shallow and easily damaged, they need to be planted in weed-free, moderately rich soil and placed in an area where they could get lots of sun. They also require a good amount of water so be sure the soil is always moist.
Nothing is better than fresh lettuce in your salad. Leaf-variant lettuce is not picky with soil, so you can plant it in pretty much any soil as long as its container has holes to allow for drainage. It needs lots of water and sunlight, but make sure it’s not too hot to prevent your lettuce from drying out.
Yes, you can grow your own garlic at home! Plant a few garlic cloves in fertile soil with good drainage and place the pot in a sunny spot, such as by the window or in your yard. Give four inches of distance between each clove, with the wide root side facing down and planted two inches deep into the soil.
Who doesn’t love the flavor onions lend to our favorite Filipino dishes? Luckily, it’s easy to grow your own supply of onions as well! It’s best to plant onion seeds in loose soil indoors first, and then transplant them in the ground after six weeks. Like with garlic, you should keep the seeds four to five inches apart. Plant them just an inch deep into the soil and no more.
Ginger is one of the easiest herbs to grow, especially since it thrives in a tropical climate like ours. Simply plant a ginger rhizome in rich and well-draining soil, and place the container in a spot with indirect sunlight or partial shade. But first, you should slice the rhizome in sections, let dry for 24-48 hours to prevent root rot, and plant them no deeper than an inch into the soil with 12 inches of distance in between.
Mint is an herb that complements a variety of fruits, vegetables, and meats. It’s also very easy to plant and grow at home. Get a mint plant from a friend or from the store, and plant it in a container placed in an area that gets a generous amount of sunlight. When planting multiples, place them 15 inches apart.
Get coriander seeds and a container that’s at least eight inches deep. Make sure it also has holes at the bottom to allow for drainage. Just press the seeds into the soil and water daily to keep it moist. Then, cover the container with plastic wrap secured with rubber bands only until the seeds have grown enough to push against the plastic, and place it in a sunny area.