Gardening is a great tool to learn, especially with the uncertainties of our modern agricultural system. It is clear that pesticides, herbicides, & genetically modified organisms have infiltrated our society. It has become a pain to find good, organic produce without overloading the grocery budget. Because of this, growing your own food requires a learning curve & practice, but it is such a necessary skill in today’s day.
Dr. Conners & his wife are avid gardeners. Every year they add to their gardens & harvest many different foods to eat, share or store for winter seasons. Some foods found in their gardens include potatoes, squash, zucchini, carrots, onions, peppers, herbs, tomatoes, beans, beets, lettuce, cucumber, pumpkins, corn, & many medicinal plants. Hopefully this small guide can get you started on researching a garden perfect for your home.
Choose the best location.
Whether you live on land or a small apartment, growing your own food is still possible & worthwhile. Try to choose a location that gets plenty of sun & can be protected from predators. If you have a smaller area to work with, consider individual pots & raised beds.
Determine what plants to grow for your area.
What you grow will largely depend on where you live & what plants will thrive in your particular area. This is where research comes into play. Look into what food thrives in your climate & the soil required for each plant for best results.
Set up a watering schedule.
Each plant requires a specific watering schedule, but it is not such a complex process. Setting up a watering schedule makes it easy & more efficient for growth.
Prune, Prep, & Prepare
You are bound to have issues that need solutions when gardening. Make sure you are checking on your plants & problem solving when certain issues arrive, such as pests, predators or diseases. There are always natural options to avoid these problems.
Harvest, Eat & Store
Harvest time is the most rewarding! If you are not eating everything in your harvest, be sure to look into storage. Dr. C stores much of his food by freezing, canning, or freeze drying.
Are there health benefits to gardening?
Growing your own food is a fulfilling process that can be a great way to avoid processed foods in our modern agricultural system. The benefits from eating good, organically grown food alone are worth it, but gardening can also have a variety of other health benefits. Spending time outside can support both emotional & physical health symptoms. Practicing grounding when gardening to relieve inflammation, anxiety, & help with EMF protection. Gardening can also be a great way to get your body moving & building strength.
Overall, the benefits of gardening are many. Do not be discouraged by lack of knowledge on the subject or lack of land. Everyone must start somewhere & small areas can still produce valuable results.