Monday, September 16, 2013

Want a garden or a bigger garden? Get started now!


      With the world in the shape it is in, I want to try to be more self- sufficient.  What about you?  Do you want to be totally dependent on the grocery stores for your food?  In an emergency, do you want to wait for the Government to rescue you? What would it hurt to grow more of your own food?  It would be so much healthier and cheaper to grow your own food and make you feel more secure in the event of a job loss or even in an emergency situation.
    So how can you grow more of your own food?  Well, if you are in an apartment, grow in planters in the window or on your balcony or deck.  Many veggies can be grown in containers-there is even a new Deck Corn seed available at Burpee!  Carrots, radish, lettuce, and spinach are also great container plantings!
    If you have a yard, put space to productive use instead of just having water guzzling grass. You will have less grass to mow and have more homegrown food.  No tiller—no problem!  Lasagna or layered beds are so easy!  Just cover the ground with layers and layers of wet newspaper, then layer straw, compost, leaves, grass clippings, egg shells, and dirt on top.  Then voila!  You have a bed of great soil to use in the Spring for growing your own veggies! 
    Plant dwarf fruit trees in your front yard.  Just mulch around them and landscape with flowers or more fruit bushes like blueberries. Plant perennial rhubarb in a flower bed—it will provide beautiful color and valuable food for the family. Love Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie!  Plant Strawberry plants in a flower bed—ground cover with a fruit bonus!  Plant peas along a fence for a ready- made trellis for them to grow on.  You are limited only by your imagination(and maybe zoning rules but that is a story for another day!)  Get creative and grow more goodness for your family!
   I challenge you to grow more of your own food for your family!  If you already garden, increase the size of your garden. If you garden now then get chickens or rabbits to provide eggs, food, and manure to help with garden production.  We can make a difference in our families’ lives, both health wise and budget wise so start preparing now to have more garden space next Spring!
Come on, Let’s Grow Girls!
Garden Blessings to you all,

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