Today I was thinking about the food situation in our society today. I could write a book on that topic, but I will try to keep it within the bounds of this article.
If you have read much of this blog you already know I am passionate about everyone taking the responsibility of their health into their own hands. The best way to do that is by growing your own organic food.
Many times the argument for not gardening is the space and the amount of work involved. As I was thinking about this I remembered an article about an experiment a person made in their own yard. It is amazing what goes on in people’s minds. Luckily I found the article.
The article was printed in Mother Earth News and was written by Rosalind Creasy with Cathy Wilkinson Barash in the December 2009/January 2010 issue. You can find the article by searching on Mother’s site.
They started with a 5 by 20 space in the yard. I do not know how good your math is, but that is only 100 square feet of space, smaller that most rooms in your home. The area was spaded up, amended, fertilized with organic fertilizer and planted.
The garden was planted with vegetable plants from the local nursery that most people use in their homes, and could be raised by most people in the US. This lady is a gardener, so she knew how to care for her garden, but that is something anyone can learn, hopefully from reading this blog.
To keep this short we will get to the bottom line. They grew 77.5 pounds of tomatoes, 15.5 pounds of bell peppers, 14.3 pounds of lettuce, 2.5 pounds of basil and 126 pounds of zucchini. Doesn’t everyone grow too much zucchini?
The value of all this produce came to $746.52, subtract the $63.09 for the expenses and that leaves you with $683.43 worth of good organic food for your family and lots of zucchini to share with all your family and friends. The value of the food was computed by comparing with the present (at that time) price of the same type of organic vegetables.
Can you believe that? And that was in 2007! All of this food was grown on 100 square feet of yard. But, you may be thinking…what about all that hard labor? They reported it only took about 8 hours to prepare the garden and set out the plants, set up the tomato cages, install the drip irrigation and mulch.
After that it only took about three times of weeding during the first month, but as soon as the plants grew large enough they did not need to weed anymore with the mulch smothering out the weeds.
At the end of the article they give some very interesting statistics. For instants, if half of the households in our country planted a 100 square food garden like this it would total 96,419 acres of food. The saving of groceries by these family gardens would be $14.35 billion.
That just blows my mind. But, let’s take this a little farther. What would the savings in health costs be if all those gardens were raising organic food for their families? Forget the health costs, how would all those folks feel?
Hope this frees up your mind to think about the possibilities of raising your own good tasting veggies.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family. Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.