I don’t really make new years resolutions, but last year around this time I decided to expand my vegetable garden so I could grow more of the food our family eats. This was a big project, something that was going to take at least two or three years, as I wanted to do it mostly myself. Why would I take on such a big project? About two years ago I was reading a book from the library called “Gardening for the Future of the Earth” from the Seeds of Change. It introduced a rich ‘humus’ of organic gardening practices: permaculture, biodynamics, biodiversity, sustainability, polyculture, seed saving, and plant breeding. This was not light coffee table book reading, but it was so enriching that it started a seed in me that grew until it became a passion. Not just something for myself but a passion to share this with others and my children.
This was a big project, something that was going to take at least two or three years
I wanted to start a series of article to share what I am doing and learning. I want to include not only the gardening aspects, but some of the animal husbandry, the recycling and composting, and research. I don’t claim to be an expert on this but I do want to share my experiences and work in hope of inspiring you. I was excited when the Master Gardeners of California were focusing on the Victory Gardens and now sustainability.
This seems to be perfect timing with the start of the Vegetable Demo Garden project that just started in December. I am hoping that more people and children follow this trend toward sustainability and gardening. Going green is not the answer, “organic gardening” is not the answer, sustainability is not the answer. Getting more and more people on the path teaching them to reach these goals and go beyond them to enriching the earth with more than we are taking from it: I believe is the answer. These are all pathways toward being good stewards of the land, the earth, our communities, and ourselves.
January is a great month to start thinking about gardening projects
January is a great month to start thinking about gardening projects, it gives you time to do the research, planning, budgeting, layout, and needed work before we get to the rush of summer growth. Start with writing down what you want to do, thinking about where you might want to put it, and put together a map on graph paper of you property or at least the area you want to start the project, and look into where you can get information on your project, the public library and internet are great places to start.