Gardening

Self-sufficiency: what if we give it a try?


Are you interested in producing your own food by cultivating your vegetable garden and aiming for food autonomy? And what better traceability than that of fruits and vegetables from the garden ...

In all fairness, food autonomy is a real challenge in our modern world. "Growing your vegetable garden is an art of living, an ecological contract with the real world and the assurance of eating healthy food," writes Jean-Louis Etienne, doctor and scientific explorer, in his new book Dare to be autonomous! (published by Rustica).

It is a learning process that takes time. But seeing the vegetables grow is very rewarding and a gain of autonomy and independence in the march of the world ".

Summer autonomy

If your land is big enough and you can devote the time to it, part of the bet can be made on plant food.

And for all city dwellers with a small garden, thepartial autonomy can be a great experience: "it is quite possible, during the summer months, to be self-sufficient by salads, aromatic herbs, peas, beans, tomatoes and courgettes, in a classic or raised vegetable garden, ”explains Folko Kullmann, author of gardening books.

Learn about organic gardening, permaculture and optimize space: salads in a row on a wall, strawberries hanging on a pergola, climbing peas and beans ...

Choose your crops

“Before you start, think about which vegetables you eat the most,” advises Folko Kullmann. Make a list of the vegetable plants you want to grow before you start sowing and planting. And estimate the quantity of vegetables that you usually buy at the market or supermarket over a given period (…) to then assess the quantity of plants needed ”.

The potatoes are very simple to succeed: just plant in a pot (the Potato Pot of the Elho brand is a must) or in the ground a few organic potatoes which start to sprout. Salads too, radish in planters or raised vegetable garden.

Finally, don't forget to create plant hedges with small fruit trees that will provide you with all your desserts: raspberries, Apple tree (columnar why not), pear tree (trained if necessary), actinidia, kiwai ...

Make the pleasure last

In order to achieve food self-sufficiency, learning to manage crops and store them is essential. Freeze some of your vegetables and aromatic herbs for the winter or make preserves!

A greenhouse, your nice boost

The greenhouse makes it possible to control several parameters to boost crops: hygrometry, temperature, watering, pests ... But above all, it allows cultivation throughout the year. More than 80% of greenhouse owners grow tomatoes, also peppers, herbs ...

Try, why not, to install a to fish or one avocado tree.

Claire Lelong-Lehoang


Visual credits: Vegetable garden: © Andreaobzerova - stock.adobe.com Greenhouse vegetable garden: © Marina Lohrbach - stock.adobe.com Home preserves: © Monticellllo - stock.adobe.com

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