Down in the Dirt Series: Part 1 – Patio Farming
The first part of our series will focus on patio farming. We are going to do it because it’s fun and interesting! And also because there is no other way around it. There are many benefits when doing so, but if you’re not up for the challenge then don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of time to play with your kids or read a book while growing food indoors.
So let’s get started…
1. What is
Patio farming refers to growing food outdoors in a small enclosed area such as a deck, porch, balcony or even inside a garage. You could also refer to it as rooftop gardening since the same principles apply here.
2. How does it work?
It works like this: You plant seeds into soil that is already prepared. Then you water them and wait until they sprout. When they grow, you harvest the fruits of their labor by placing them directly onto a table or countertop where they can be eaten right away or stored for later use (if desired).
3. What can you grow?
You can easily grow many types of herbs such as basil, cilantro, and dill. Also things like cherry tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, and many other typical garden vegetables. You can also try to grow more obscure things like mushrooms, gooseberries and much more!
4. What about pests?
Don’t I need pesticides for this type of farming?
No, you don’t need any pesticides at all. This is because pests aren’t an issue when the crops are grown close together and not far outdoors where they are exposed to pests. This way you can eliminate the need for harmful chemicals altogether.
5. How does this save money?
When you eliminate the need for harmful chemicals, this will save you money on buying more over the counter products that you need to spray on your crops. This can also eliminate the need for buying a larger plot of land to grow things on which can save you even more money!
I make this difficult?
Yes, but why would you want to?
Patio farming is meant to be easy and simple with no fuss involved.
7. Well, how much can
This can really vary depending on many different factors. Patio farmers usually sell their goods locally to people they know. This way they don’t need to worry about shipping costs and other things like that.
On average you should be able to make $2,000 per year or more if you increase your yield with a larger number of plants or other small business endeavors you can try (such as selling on farmer’s markets).
So there you have it. Patio farming can save you a lot of money while giving you a fun activity to do outdoors. Just remember that this isn’t a get rich quick scheme. Like anything else, your success will depend on how much time and effort you’re willing to put in.
Now the choice is up to you. You can keep playing it safe and keep your old job while saving money on the side OR you can take that first step towards a new life by trying something completely different like what I’ve suggested here today.
It’s up to you…
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Sources & references used in this article:
My Empire of Dirt: How One Man Turned His Big-city Backyard into a Farm by M Howard – 2010 – books.google.com
Campesino a campesino: voices from Latin America’s farmer to farmer movement for sustainable agriculture by E Holt-Giménez – 2006 – books.google.com
Organic coffee: sustainable development by Mayan farmers by E Danticat – 1998 – Soho Press
The dirt on food: ancient feasts and markets among the lowland Maya by ME Martinez-Torres – 2006 – books.google.com