Welcome to the Green Garden Earth Newsletter
June 10, 2009
In this issue:
- 5 Common Myths About Gardening
- Survival Seed Bank
5 Common Myths About Gardening
A sustainable garden is in the center of sustainable lifestyle. Do you want to protect your family from any crisis? Do you want to avoid the genetically modified products, unwanted chemicals, processed food, irradiated food? Do you want to become more “green”? Do you want to restore pristine nature environment? Do you want to be independent from the grid system? Do you want to decrease your ecological footprint and increase your positive impact on the society? Do you want to be a positive living example that others can look at?
If you say yes, next question is how? An answer to this one starts with a garden. Of course, completely sustainable garden can be challenging to create, but it is great to have 80% or 90% of your food coming from your own garden. However, when I talk about gardening with those who are not familiar with the concept of sustainable lifestyle I get various concerns such as the following.
Five common myths about gardening:
- It is not possible to have a sustainable garden.
- It sure is too much work to create and maintain, you’ll be working from sunrise to sunset and won’t have time to earn money nor to enjoy free time.
- You will need a lot of land for a garden to sustain the whole family.
- You have to be a professional to grow a sustainable garden.
- You will have to limit your diet if you only get food from your own garden.
These are common myths, which regularly come up in conversations on this topic. This is why I considered creating a newsletter on the subject of sustainable gardening. During my research I found that:
- Even a tiny urban backyard is capable of feeding a family as well as have some extras for sale.
- A garden designed consciously does not take much work other than collecting the produce, all it takes is some initial thought. There are books on the subject and there is no such thing as “professional” gardener: unlike most professions gardening is a unique experience and although there are helpful books on the subject one learns for himself as one goes along.
- The best diet for a person is the food grown by himself: it is grown with love, is local to the place of living, is fresh, healthy and natural.
Yes, a sustainable garden needs care, thought, skill, work.
The best way to learn – is gardening! There are lots of books that can assist in this process, and I list some of the topics below. There is definitely great knowledge in efficient gardening, which is being gathered by many people around the globe. And it’d be a shame to lose time not utilizing it.
Yes, a sustainable garden requires some work. For some, it is horrible, but any gardener will tell you: garden work is not work, it is what you’d want to spend your free time on. And it is actually good for you!
- It calms you down and removes stress side-effects
- It gives you time to think
- It provides physical activity and physical development
- It is outside which helps tune in with nature and is good for health
- It is work with love, with life beings, it is beautiful and a pleasure to the eye
- It is satisfying to see things grow, especially when you know that it is getting better every year. It’ll stay for your children and it is good for ecology.
- You get healthy, better-tasting food.
Some examples of smart gardening:
- Pasadena Paradise city garden – one-tenth of an acre, 150 times more efficient than factory farming. Read the news about city garden >>
- Sepp Holzer’s permaculture garden (Krameterhof) – one man is capable of gardening 125 acres to feed himself and the rest offer for sale:
Watch YouTube video on permaculture gardening >>
- Biodynamic garden – how to get the most optimum yield from the minimum space
Read about biodynamic gardening >>
- Permaculture garden is actually increasing the quality of the soil with time:
Find out more about permaculture gardening (YouTube video) >>
Survival Seed Bank: A package with enough seeds to plant a one full acre crisis garden. Crisis or no crisis once you plant a full acre garden you feel much safer :) The package can also be kept for several years as a backup seeds source so that you can plant it whenever you find the time for it.
Have you got a garden? E-mail me how do you like gardening? What is your favorite produce? How much time do you spend in the garden? How many types of vegetables or flowers do you grow? How much produce do you collect?
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