The Food Security Garden
food security garden
As the cost of oil rises so does the cost of food. The increase in your food costs may not take place at the same time as the increase in your food bill, but be certain as gas goes up so does food.
Now you can reduce the use of your vehicle, maybe, and save some money there. You can turn down the thermostat, put on a sweater and save some money there but prices will continue to go up and it is very unlikely that your pay cheque will keep pace.
How do you cope? If you are not already growing at least some of your own food, then now is the time to get started.
I believe that anyone that is anyone who wants to can garden. This is the classic, if there is a will there is a way scenario and of all the activities that we can devote our time and attention to, gardening is one that allows for creativity and individuality.
Far too many people do not have backyards or have only a little space to grow anything. Size does matter but do not let that deter you, even A small space garden can be quite productive.
Your first step is to get to know the space where you garden will be; in particular, how much natural sunlight does it get none, all day or somewhere in-between? Once you know that you can start to develop a plant list selecting plants that thrive in the amount of sunlight that you have available.
Already a gardener and growing some vegetables, it is time to take a look at what you are producing and ask yourself, rather than my current plant choices what could I grow that will be edible and increase my family’s food security?
How much space does your present garden occupy? Can you make it bigger? If you could enlarge do you have the time and means to take care of it, so no waste takes place?
When considering the space you have available, think up. Take a minute and look up instead of along the ground, vertical and not horizontal.
We grow beans on poles and peas why not expand that list. When you make the choice to grow vertical your small space expands, growing up means growing more.
If you have no room to grow your own food security garden, yard sharing may be your answer. Find out if there is a yard sharing program in your community and join up.
Growing together helps all parties to enhance their food security and builds good neighbours. Community gardens are another possibility, look and ask around your neighborhood, are there a community garden you can join?
Now is the time to get gardening, care for the earth and grow your own food security garden at the same time. The cost of oil will continue to rise; will you be able to buy food as it does?
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