Grow Your Own Food
Grow your own food at home. A food garden can be a precious resource when times are tough. Research what food grows easily in your area.
Becoming more self-sufficient is an excellent idea. Especially if you have a yard and the opportunity to work it. However, you really should do your research before jumping in.
In my case, I have purchased large garden beds, manure and various fertilisers over the last few years. As a result, to make back the money I have spent, by saving on food purchases, I would need to live to 103. However, by gardening ‘smarter’ you can avoid my mistakes and really enjoy your time in the garden.
If you decide to make the plunge into the world of food gardening, there are two recommendations for you:
- Grow food that thrives in your geographic area; and
- Grow food you like to eat.
Smart growing can even include, growing food inside your house. Why not make use of windowsills another available space to grow things that will live inside. Good examples are basil and other microgreens.
We live in the tropics and have prepared a tropical fruit trees list pointing out which fruit trees grow easily in our part of the world.
To grow your own food can also be extremely useful during times of natural disaster or other turmoil. Most cities have food shipped in from other areas. Should roads be blocked or traffic otherwise disrupted, food supplies can go down.
In this time of climate change we are also seeing more crop failures. This is as a result of changes in traditional climatic conditions. With normal weather conditions also pushed out of whack, there is no guarantee that crops that have always been there, will be there in the future.
Growing your own food and give your food supplies a small buffer. It cannot protect your fully from food shortages, but it may help you get it have at least some food available during difficult times.
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