“How to Plan a Low-Cost Vegetable Garden” https://youtu.be/z-Zi3iehRxY
This is a link to one of my favorite YouTube channels, and I’m posting it to encourage you to garden as a way to save money, eat nutritionally, get great exercise, and build memories with your loved ones.
If your budget is an issue, like mine was when I moved 3 1/2 years ago and had a lot of work to do on the house AND the yard, do what I did - start small and keep at it. Soon, you’ll look back and see how quickly and eagerly Mother Nature responds!
I recently talked about the #zerowaste movement in my stories and because people were really interested in it, and because it effortlessly ties into our personal #holistichealth via the health of Mother Earth, here’s a little intro for you on what it is and why you should care.
WHAT IS ZERO WASTE?
I’ll take it straight from the gal who coined the term, Kathryn Kellog:
“We currently live in a linear economy where we take resources from the earth and then dump them in a giant hole in the ground. The goal of zero waste is to move to a circular economy where we write trash out of existence. The circular economy mimics nature in that there is no trash in nature.”
Now, as a former microbiologist and a former biology teacher, this makes my freakin heart sing because I love nature and dream of #homesteading til I die. (Ok, maybe not totally, but I do want to learn how to live off the grid and literally compost the crap out of my kitchen so I can have the most amazing garden ever! 😂🌿Anyways, I digress...)
Reducing the waste you produce doesn’t require you to homestead, but a lot of those skills do encourage reusing goods and being resourceful with what you have instead of being in a constant state of #consumerism .
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT REDUCING AND REUSING GOODS?
Because most Americans send about 4.5#s of trash to the landfill EVERY DAY, and, to date, the Earth has not quite figured out yet how to break down and digest our giant piles of plastic, paper products, food scraps etc, all covered in cement. (C’mon Earth, get smarter already...🤦♀️)
This means that we’re essentially creating these giant pox of disposables that are actually indisposable to the Earth, and instead pose risks to both its #health and ours. They release toxins that leach into the soil and groundwater, produce leachate that pollutes the land, ground water and water ways, and everyone’s favorite term, emit greenhouse gases because of the organic materials (hello food waste) in them and lack of oxygen.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You already know- reduce, reuse, recycle, with priority being placed on them in that order.
That’s all for now, but swipe for ideas to start now!
Hello from my own rainy Vancouver garden filled with over 260 potted plants & trees in around 400 square feet ... My name is Carissa Kasper @carissakasper and I am the owner of Seed & Nourish, which I started just this Spring! 🌿 I first came to gardening through a job in a community garden in my hometown in Saskatchewan 7 years ago. Here I learned how to grow food and teach others. Most importantly, I found gardening can nourish us as human beings beyond the food we produce. 🌿Prior to this job I had spent 7 years traveling the world, visiting 24 countries in South America, Central America, Southern Africa and Europe and living in 4 different provinces. I was ready to set down 'roots' but it would take time for me to find home in Vancouver. 🌿 I have continued to learn, teach and grow since the community garden, both through formal education at the U of S and Kwantlen, and the school of life (found in the garden and through other gardeners!). My most favourite experience is helping others transform their space & selves through growing food, and this is why I do what I do. 🌿 I also love to write - both about gardening, but also about transformation, most often in creative non-fiction form! This photo was taken by a talented writer & photographer 📷 @geoffnilzon who I met during my first creative writing class at Kwantlen University, which felt like a new home when I first moved to Vancouver from the community garden. 🌿 And I found that this was a home where I could grow year-round!
Here, I am.
Winter isn’t always my friend. The days are short, my energy is lower. Work is busy. Kids are sick. It’s hard to admit sometimes that we don’t have it all together. But none of us really do. That’s okay. Tomorrow will come. There will be light. We will find the door. There is a shoulder to lean on. Sleep is good. Friends will make you laugh. Maybe you forgot who you were or why you’re here or what’s the bigger purpose. And then, you breathe deeply and let it all wash away. Because you are here. And, that’s enough.
Our White Icicle Radish
مهم نیست ساکن کجای دنیا باشی . هرجا که باشی ، یک ضرب المثل گیلانی هست که میگه : تُرب بُخور پَلا بُخور 😁
امروز ترب و برگ ترب چیدم از باغچه و برای عشقام البته اونقدری که برگ ترب خونه ی ما طرفدار داره ، خود ترب نداره گیلانی های عزیز میدونن چی میگم .
Sow radish seeds in well-worked soil after danger of frost in early spring, again in late summer for fall crop. In frost free areas, sow in the fall.Sow thinly in rows about 6" apart. Cover with 1/2" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist.Seedlings emerge in 4-6 days.Thin to stand about 2" apart.Sow winter radishes in midsummer for late fall and winter use. They can grow large with several inches of root showing above ground.
Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.Water continuously and evenly. Avoid over-fertilizing radish plants.Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Pull spring radishes when they are the proper size for the type, about 25 days after planting. If you wait too long to harvest they will become pithy. Push back the soil to see if they have formed bulbs, and taste one or two to see if they are ready. Finish harvest before warm weather comes.Cut off the tops and store in plastic bags at 32-40 degrees F, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 weeks.Harvest winter or fall radishes as needed in fall. Dig all remaining roots before the ground freezes and store throughout the winter (use as needed).
Looking inside... How does gardening help you grow? Ongoing lessons for me are to accept imperfection, know not all is within my control, some seeds produce beyond my wildest dreams, others give nothing... and this is all okay. Beautiful, even.