2020 is the year for a garden. Mini-ones, small ones, big ones and really big ones. Take a look where you are (physically as in where you live and lay your head at night) and then plan out your garden.
Don’t be a food slave!
The above graphic is a tribute to Ruth Stout and her gardening practices
We Live in interesting times. If you have not noticed it is becoming more and more expensive just to eat and feed a family. That is the reason that I started this blog in the first place. Its all about surviving the Grand Solar Minimum. In coming blogs along with what is happening climate wise,I will be covering the following:
- How to start a Ruth Stout garden bed.
- Many ways of growing in containers.
- How to grow in your home.
- Growing food in your patio or open area in an apartment.
- Seeds and where to get them.
- Starting vegetable plants.
- Growing potatoes and sweet potatoes.
- Growing microgreens.
- Simple hydroponic growing systems.
- Ideas on having a community garden.
- Long term storage foods.
- Many more ideas and techniques on food and feeding a family.
The blog author is a microgreen grower (commercial grower) but I live on a farm, and we do have a community garden. Ya notice that word community? I am 76 years old, and I need a community. So will you eventually, and guess what, it will probably be too late at that point. Now is the time to start and don’t wait for EVENTUALLY. Eventually is usually a bad mother!
If you are really desperate for a place to grow, form a small community. Then find some people that are perhaps too old to actually get out there and work in a garden. Offer to grow on their property and then share what you produce with them for the use of their land. This option could also be on land that is not used. Find some property that belongs to the city or county that has available water and approach them. Find some land that you can pay the taxes on and own and use.
Another Idea if you have no land:
Form a community. Find some land out in the country that has water. Rent say an acre or less. Make sure that the contract to rent the land is for 5 or more years. Put money in an account or cash to pay for a couple years of rent. You and your community are on your way. Just play nice with the members and make sure everyone understands their obligations. Have an “Oh Crap” this is too hard option and look for a replacement. Keep the money they may have invested.
So what is on my mind?
Well that one brain cell is being overwhelmed by thoughts of this coming spring and the community garden we are building. Yes it’s a work in progress as it will not just magically popup out there in the spring. I have most of my seeds in hand or are on order. The wonderful trees around here gave up their nutrient filled gift by shedding all their leafs on the ground. It’s a blessing, as all we have to do is collect them which we are in the process of doing. We rake up the leafs onto a plastic tarp and then pull then into a large pile in the garden. The horses and chickens are doing their part with the poop side of things. My neighbor brings a large trailer of horse poop and hay every two weeks. There is no end in sight of this resource.
I can tell you one thing, and that is you will never need commercial fertilizer if you compost what I have just mentioned above.
This year my grand children are part of the growing. It will be their responsibility to make a list of what we will grow, and how we will start as in seeds directly planted or if we will need to grow starts. Also how deep and how close. They will then diagram where we will plant in the garden. Then it will be on to starting our starts.
How can anyone ever know how to grow food if they were not taught? This applies to adults as well. I suspect that many of our young people and children have NO idea how to grow food, as it all came from the grocery store. If you think about it, if you don’t grow your own, you are a slave to the grocery stores and big corporations that really don’t have your interest at heart.
They like the fact that you are a food slave.
Its not too late to get started even if its a very small choice. There are hundreds of ways to start a garden and grow food. Here is my recommendation on how to do it:
Get some seed and plants AND JUST START. There are so many things to grow. You can follow my many coming blogs on the subject.My next blog will be on starting a Ruth Stout garden and what you can do until you are ready to plant in it now and in the spring.
For your homework:
Go to YouTube and search for Ruth Stout garden and watch a few. Use the internet now while you can to educate yourself and many things that can be used to become self sustaining. As always, it’s a choice and yes there is probably beer and pizza in the refrigerator, so be happy and don’t worry?
Cheers from Central Texas where we have had a cool but nice fall so far.
I eat an all plant diet and have for about a year. I am now 77 and have as much energy as I did when I was much younger. This book (PDF) is free. To get this Book go HERE.