Monday, March 30, 2015

You Say; You Don't Have Time

Creating your own garden is one of the first steps of becoming self reliant.  Whether you reside in the city, a rural area, or in the country, “YOU” have the capability to create a garden on your patio, in your back yard, or on anywhere your property. 

One doesn’t have to depend on a grocery store for vegetables and fruits.
All it takes is “YOUR TIME” and a little bit of money.  Granted, they’re so many people who will say, “I don’t have time”.  If you have time to shop, watch TV, or play on the internet, then you have time to create a small garden for you and your family.  

Seeds are very inexpensive, and in some cases, free.  If you have a friend who gardens, visit them and tell them you’re interested in starting a garden.  In most cases, that friend will be more than willing to help you get started, and may even provide you with seeds she/he saved from their own garden.

Then grab yourself a shovel and start prepping your ground, removing the grass, and rocks.  If you’re using a bucket, or pots, to start your garden, you’ll need to create drainage holes, and have rocks or coffee filters to place in the bottom of the bucket or pots, for water drainage, before adding your soil.  

If you need fertilizer, some of your local farmers will be more than willing to help provide you with free material in most cases, if you offer to clean out a few stalls in their barn.  

Then you’ll need some water, because plants require water to grow, and again this will take a little bit of your “TIME”.

Creating a garden just takes “TIME”.  Trust me; your family will appreciate you for providing them with fresh organic home grown food. 

Take a look at this video.  The Dervaes family created a beautiful garden with 400 varieties of vegetables, fruit, and edible flowers. A total of 6,000 pounds of food a year are grown in the garden; this provides food for their family, and allows them to provide food for some of the local restaurants looking for locally grown, pesticide free food.  In the process, they make some money which is put back into their garden.

Folks, this family lives just feet from a highway in California in the middle of Los Angeles.  My point is: you can start a garden no matter where you live, to help your family, and become more self reliant.

Video Source:  This video was posted on Radio Free Redoubt. Also found on You Tube, provided by Food Abundance, Film by Social Connect, Produced by Val Savala, and Edited by Alberto Arce.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fungus Among Us

Fungus among us! Today, I permanently left the door to my greenhouse open because it was producing too much moisture. 
Evidence of too much moisture was visible on the outside of two peat pots which held tomato seedlings.

Check out the picture below.  I remember as a kid we would look at trees for large Shelf-like mushrooms and pull these off the trees, use something sharp to engrave a name or draw a picture on the underside, and place the fungus on a box to dry.    Once dried, we would put the mushroom up on the cabinet for display. 

As a kid, did you ever pull Shelf-like mushrooms off of trees to create art?


I also want to take a moment to say welcome to new followers of my blog.   

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tornado Season Starting Early

The clouds are building; you can hear the thunder roaring.  We’re expecting damaging wind with up to 50 mph, hail, rain, thunder, and an elevated risk of tornadoes.