Zone 6 Vegetable Planting: Tips On Growing Vegetables In Zone 6
The first thing you need to do is to determine your location. You will have two choices: 1) locate in a city or town; 2) locate in a rural area. Your choice depends upon where you want to live and how much time you are willing to spend there. If you live in a city or town, then you may not have enough time to go out and explore every nook and cranny of it.
Thus, you will probably prefer to stay close to home and choose a location closer to your workplace. However, if you work in a remote area such as the wilderness or mountains, then it would be best if you could move somewhere with more opportunities for outdoor activities.
In either case, you will have to decide whether you want to grow your own food or buy it from the store. There are many types of foods available at grocery stores and markets. Some of them are grown locally, some come from other countries, and others are imported. When choosing which type of food to purchase, consider the following factors:
How often do you eat these kinds of foods? Do they become stale after being stored in a refrigerator?
How long do these last before going bad or becoming inedible?
Are they familiar to you? Do you like the taste and texture? Do you know how to prepare them?
Does your family like these foods? Are they nutritious and healthy for your body?
Is it cost-effective to grow and purchase these foods? Is it cheaper to grow them yourself or buy them at a grocery store?
How much time and effort is required to grow and harvest these foods? Are they worth the trouble and cost?
Is it worth your time to transport these foods from where they were grown to where you store and then ultimately cook and eat them?
You can either search for food and grow it yourself or go out and hunt for it. Consider the pros and cons of each method before settling on one.
When you want to buy food, you have to pay a visit to the supermarket. There are many things to buy there. You will have to choose only what you really need and leave the rest alone. To save money, buy in bulk.
It may cost a little more money, but it is worth it because you get to save money in the long run. Prepare your list of things to buy before going to the market and follow it. This will prevent you from overspending.
When you choose to buy food in the supermarket, there are some tips that you need to keep in mind:
1) Remember to shop when you are actually really hungry.
If you go to the supermarket when you are not hungry at all, then it is very likely that you will forget to buy important items for your diet. This will cause you to spend more money in additional trips to the store.
2) Check the expiration date.
Make sure that all the food you buy are not already expired. Throw them away or give them away if they have already expired.
3) Buy frozen and non-perishable items when they are on sale.
Pay attention to seasonal sales or special discounts. Buy only what is on sale and leave the rest alone even if you like it a lot.
4) Do not go to the market when you are in a hurry.
Hurry makes us prone to impulse buying. Impulse buying is not good because it is more likely that you will waste your money on unnecessary things.
5) Buy items that are well-packaged, and tightly sealed.
Loose items tend to get lost when you carry them home.
6) Try to buy items when they are at their lowest price.
They should be similar in size, quality and packaging.
7) Do not buy more than three of any type of item unless you have made a checklist.
Buying more than three of an item makes it likely for you to forget that you already bought one. This will cause you to buy more than what you need.
8) Check the items before leaving the supermarket.
Make sure that all your purchases are in the cart or bag. If there is a problem, return and replace the missing item.
9) Put your purchased items in a bag or basket that is only used for buying groceries.
This will prevent you from forgetting something important at home.
10) Try to bring your own bags when you are going to the supermarket. Some stores are now charging for their bags. If you forget to bring your own bag, then carry only what you need and return the rest.
1) Subscribe to free grocery coupon websites.
Sometimes, they send coupons for the items that you normally buy.
You can also find some in magazines such as coupons for milk, butter and eggs. These are very helpful when they are for free.
2) Enroll in store-related programs such as club cards or frequent buyer programs.
These programs usually offer discounts for cardholders. They can also send coupons right to your home so that you can save money when buying the same items over and over again.
3) Bring a shopping list when you go to the store.
It is not good to go to the market without knowing how much you need to spend or what exactly you need to buy. This will prevent you from buying unnecessary things.
Buy items on sale and in bulk, if possible. However, check their expiry date first before buying. Make sure that what you are buying is enough for your whole family.
5) You can also buy fruits and vegetables that are not yet ripe or not perfect in shape but they are already ripe in nutrients.
6) Ask your butcher to help you choose the right cuts of meat for your recipes and the quantity that you need.
Sources & references used in this article:
Growing vegetables in developing countries for local urban populations and export markets: problems confronting small‐scale producers by B Dinham – Pest management science, 2003 – Wiley Online Library
Soils as a Key Component of the Critical Zone 6: Ecology by P Lemanceau, M Blouin – 2018 – books.google.com
Potential of underutilized traditional vegetables and legume crops to contribute to food and nutritional security, income and more sustainable production systems by AW Ebert – Sustainability, 2014 – mdpi.com
Identification of trace element sources and associated risk assessment in vegetable soils of the urban–rural transitional area of Hangzhou, China by T Chen, X Liu, M Zhu, K Zhao, J Wu, J Xu… – Environmental Pollution, 2008 – Elsevier
Vegetable growing handbook by WE Splittstoesser – 1990 – books.google.com
Vegetable gardening in the Caribbean area by HF Winters, GW Miskimen – 1967 – books.google.com
1 6 Gastropods as Pests in Vegetable and Ornamental Crops in Western Europe by G Poarl, A ESTER – Molluscs as crop pests, 2002 – books.google.com