Gardening

Gardening is the rigorous lengthy process of maintaining a plant, usually from seed to harvest. Seeds are usually planted in march or april for optimal weather conditions and harvested 3-4 months later.

Basics

Easy-to-grow plants: potatoes, onions, tomatoes, maize.

Planting - done using parts of a plant that can regrow or seeds. They are usually grown in soil, any decently brown-colored regular dirt will do. The plant needs to be placed deep enough to be isolated and (especially) warm, but not so deep that the young seed cannot burst out the ground. The container can be made out of any non-rotting material.

Watering - depending on how warm it is, every day or every other day, more often is usually better than less as it is noticeable when a plant has too much water (the soil is too wet), but it can dry out rather fast.

Growing - if the plant grows too large to support its own weight, tie it to a robust stick stuck deeply into the ground.

Fertilizing - "boosting" plants with additional nutrient foods and solutions. things useful for fertilizing (currently untested): water used for cooking/boiling, water gotten from washing rice/pasta (unsalted), nettles left in a glass jar in the sun for 1-2 weeks, ashes, "banana peel water". A basic feltirizer can be created with nettles (stalks, leaves) put into a sealed jar with water, left in the sun for 1-2 weeks. Fertilizers have a characteristically earthy, sometimes feces-like smell.


Potatoes

Easiest plants to grow, they can survive in harsher conditions than most. They don't tolerate dryness and cold well.

Potatoes can be planted if they are sprouting, preferrably sprouting from multiple sides. To maximize the growth, cut the potato so they sprouts are split among the pieces. Dry them (to prevent rot) and plant them in a 1x1 meter container, sprout facing up. After a green growth comes out (after 1-2 weeks), eventually cover the bottom of it with ground. Keep repeating this process.

Onions

Onions with a green spurt on top can be planted in the ground/water to grow out.


Photos of onion growth: 1, 2


Composting

The process of collecting food scraps together in one place in order to, over time, turn them into a soil/fertilizer mix. Done in an isolated, outside container to prevent odor. Things usable for compost: all rotten food, fruit/veg peels, eggshells. Do not throw weeds into the compost as they can grow anew and take over the space of the compost. If building a compost heap, leave an opening on the bottom to extract the soil that has built at the bottom.

Hydroponics

Hydroponics are a technique of growing plants in water with a nutrient solution instead of soil.


Photo of large-scale hydroponics lab