Why you need to start your own garden
Gardening is a an amazing thing. It’s fulfilling spiritually, it provides you with nutritious foods, and you can share it. It’s one of the ways I contribute to society and produce, as touched on in How to become a producer instead of a consumer.
Now, a fair warning, it is a skill, and there is a learning curve to it. Plus I know some people have space constraints (which will not totally prevent you from growing things). In the end it is all worth it. I’ve been building raised beds for the past few days for my berry patches and bushes. I use cedar wood and seal it with linseed oil, that way the boxes will last a long…long time. Prepping the soil, by adding amendments, fertilizer, etc.
The result will be some amazingly healthy fresh…pesticide free…organic produce right off the stem or bush.
Our soils are being depleted. The environmental cycle that makes natural, wild fruit and vegetables nutrient dense does not exist in the agricultural setting. Mono-cropping and lack of bio-diversity effect the quality of produce we eat.
Much of our produce is picked early because it has to travel across the world on a boat to reach our stores. So the produce is grown in depleted soil, then picked prematurely, and shipped across the world. Doesn’t sound that good to me.
Everything I’ve grown myself tasted 1,000x better than the version of the same food bought in the store.
Here are some of my Strawberries:
They were super sweet. And the soil is extremely nutrient dense and healthy.
Food grown yourself is much more nutritious if you prepare the soil correctly. One of my goals is to get some of my berries tested for nutrients vs a conventional, and an organic version. Not only nutrient density, but you can somewhat protect them from the scourge of Round-Up and pesticide chemicals. Glyphosate may contribute or cause cancer, and it’s in Round-up.
You have the free reign to make sure your soil is as healthy or unhealthy as you want it to be. And by extension, your produce can be as nutrient dense as you can possibly make it.
When you garden, you’re actually grounding yourself. Your hands get dirty, you’re in touch with the ground. It has a calming influence on us. I think you’ll find that it has many emotional and spiritual benefits.
It’s a form of meditation I believe.
It’s Relatively Inexpensive
Some dirt, some boxes, that’s really all you need for starters. A hand shovel and a few tools. The great thing about gardens is many of the elements involved can be DIY for cheap. Like this $10 compost bin : compost bin.
If space is an issue there are small space remedies like this one : 10 ways to bring a garden into a small space.
This book by Mel Bartholomew is excellent : All New Square Foot Gardening II.
You Can Be A Producer
Check out How to become a producer.. for more on this. But this is one of the greatest things about it. I produced 15 watermelons one Summer. This is too much for me. Gave many of them to a church pantry. I provided nutrient dense fruit to people who needed it. I give away baskets of blueberries and raspberries to neighbors. It’s a great gesture that they’ll likely remember too.
You can give back to the world, you can support the ecosystem. If everyone did this the world would indeed be a better place.
I understand time, space, and other factors stop people from gardening. But if you decide to try it, you will not regret it.