I look around as I am driving and people spend so much or little time in their gardens growing things to take up space. Why not grow food, not lawn or at least food rather than plants you can’t eat?
I often hear people say that “I have no room”, “no time”, “I’m renting so I can’t start growing my own food.”…
I say NO EXCUSES
We are in the same situation as well.
I know we all have different priorities and I use to think that way as well because I was a non thinking consumer and spent most of my time I’m shopping centres and supermarkets.
Then… this one comment changed my life.
“If the money market ever went sour we would be worse off than all those living in Africa as we wouldn’t know how to live off the land.”
I knew at that stage I failed at growing even one herb.
I quickly knew that I had to learn how to keep my plants alive. I learnt from others, YouTube and formed relationships with other vegetable growers and was opened up to a whole new world, who knew you could learn so much about life in the act of gardening.
There is so much out there to learn when you go searching, it’s just great!
Gardening requires patience, water, observation as well as I learned that all crops grow in seasons; Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.
I have also learnt that the most important thing is having healthy microbial dense soil. Just like our gut having the right amount of good bacteria, biodynamic gardening methods prove to be the most efficient at conditioning the soil with the least amount of work (that’s already a thumbs up for me). See Biodynamics Sydney for more information.
Why is it so important to grow our own food?
1. Our food (if we could call it that) is sprayed with pesticides. You can control what goes into your soil and what is sprayed on your plants or not.
2. You can plant things in season and germinate the seeds on the correct planting days to get maximum results
3. You save money. I don’t know how many times I have bought a bunch of herbs and found them a few days later in a watery heap at the bottom of the drawer because I forgot about them. With every herb growing at my fingertips I can step out with enjoyment and satisfy any recipe without waste.
4. To build community. You attract find friends who have the same mindset. You grow some things and share with others who grow other things. I often have pots of extra seedlings ready waiting so when people visit they can take them home to a loving garden
5. Pick as you need from the garden for ultimate freshness maximising on the vitamins and minerals. I picked 2 bunches of Asian cabbage here and realised how much there was. Only needed 1 bunch. When we purchase commercially grown produce they usually don’t have the bulk. You know what I mean if you grow your own, the firmness and crispness of the vegetables is so satisfying and rewarding.
6. It’s very healing reconnecting to the earth. When I am busy I just allow myself 15 minutes in the garden. Once you start gardening you will find that you want to be out there all the time. Nature truly calls
7. You help to heal the soil when you grow your own and become mindful of what you put back in the earth. The soil is living and breathing and when we give back more that we take out of the earth our future generations will have good soil to nourish their needs. For example growing plants in succession like beans you add nitrogen to the soil without having to add artificial nitrogen. The bean plants prepare the soil for the heavy feeding crops like brocolli.
So start with a pot then add another or clear a patch of grass, weeds whatever you need to do.
Make it a priority and involve the whole family. You will be surprised at how the garden will reward you for the effort you put in.