Home gardening can be described as a way of enhancing the aesthetic appeal of one’s home while at the same time increasing its functionality. Gardening at home is a very easy way to get healthy plants for one’s outdoor and indoor needs. However, gardening at home requires much more attention than usual. Some of the crops you can easily grow inside your kitchen garden are cauliflower, spinach, green beans etc. A good home gardening scheme can consist of choosing the ideal place, deciding on the size of the garden and deciding upon the varieties and kinds of crops to plant. However, before you plan any such garden it is advisable that you take some time out first to go through some useful tips and information on home gardening.
One of the best tips on home gardening is to avoid breeding of harmful insect and bird species inside the house. This is especially necessary for vegetable gardens as there are certain insects and birds that can eat the crops or cause other damages to them. For instance, there are certain rodents which can contaminate drinking water or the plant beds, and if not controlled will cause severe damage to your vegetable crops.
There are some very rich and fertile soils in some parts of the world such as Africa and some parts of Asia. These places have plenty of mineral deposits rich in nutrients and other nutrients such as iron, sulfur, limestone etc., which are perfect for developing countries as they can provide good crop production and increase their food production. However, the soil here cannot be accessed easily and needs specialized tools to manage the cultivation of different crops. This is why, it is important to involve home gardening in developing countries to increase their food production and secure their nutritional security.
Developing nations face many problems such as limited access to soil, pests, lack of space, etc., and so home gardening in these places can also help solve these issues. In fact, the nutrient cycles between crops and livestock can also be enhanced by home gardening. One can improve and maintain the quality of animal feeds by developing a home garden across the peninsular regions, which will ultimately provide a good steady flow of nutrients to feed the livestock.
In many parts of Africa for example, the pastoralists have traditionally maintained large pastures along the equator. These pastures act as the natural ‘mulching ground’ of the local food production system. The soil here has sufficient quantities of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and potassium to encourage the growth of both cereals and legumes. By home gardening these areas can be improved and this will in turn improve the quality of cereals and legumes for household consumption and thus enhance the nutritional security of the families.
With the above mentioned solutions it is not hard to see that home gardening in developing countries can indeed help in boosting the food production system. The benefits of improving nutrition among the rural populations should be seen for many reasons, as food production is something that is considered a vital investment by governments across the world. In fact, it has recently been proposed by the World Bank that the ‘food deficit’ is the third biggest challenge for governments in the developing world. Improving nutrition and encouraging family consumption of home grown produce products is one way in which developing countries can ensure the improvement of their food production. The above examples are just some of the ways that home gardens can have an important role to play in our society.