My family garden early summer 2009.
This article is for anyone who doesn’t have a garden, but who wants to enjoy the abundance that a vegetable (or fruit) garden can bring.
Here’s my story. Ever since discovering raw foods, I’ve experienced falling back in love with nature.
So when I spent two summers with my parents (2008 and 2009) I was a happy camper to be able to play in the garden.
Except if you asked my mom I wasn’t playing around. I turned a huge chunk of perfectly manicured lawn into what you see pictured above.
Who wants to spend time mowing when you can spend time weeding, right?
The Fruits of Our Labor
Starting in early summer we harvested some radishes, and had enough greens to support my green smoothie consumption habit into fall.
For the most part we were able to handle the abundance of veggies. We did get a few too many zucchinis, and we passed those onto neighbors and friends.
A coworker of mine once said that you could lose friends by giving them zucchinis. I don’t think he was talking to the right friends though, because I know a lot of witchy raw foodies who would like those zucchinis!
Buying vs. Growing Vegetables
There’s an eternal debate as to whether it is cheaper to grow your own vegetables or buy them at the grocery store or farmer’s market. I think it really depends on your personality.
If for you gardening is a chore that doesn’t stir any joy at all, then maybe buying is better for you.
On the other hand, if you can’t abide all the pesticides and chemicals that are used to grow modern day food, growing your own is a great option.
Then there’s the freshness factor. You cannot compare just-picked string beans with those days-old ones at a store. Similarly, home grown tomatoes just have that special feel to them.
But… what if you don’t have space for a garden? Or on the other hand, what if you have the space but no time?
That’s where Shared Earth comes in
It goes a little something like this: you find someone in your area that has land for you to grow vegetables on, or you offer your space, then you share the produce. The beauty is that Shared Earth takes the tough part out of the equation by helping you find the right person on their matchmaking for gardens web site.
I was delighted when I heard the concept! It was even more funny because my boyfriend Robin and I are actually doing the same thing with a friend of ours who has a backyard she wants to turn into a garden.
We’re going to make a trip to her home, help her work the earth and get the garden started. Then make a few visits to help her with the upkeep and take a few of those over producing vegetables off her hands.
Shared Earth‘s service is only available in the United States at the moment, and it’s totally free. If you’re outside of the US, ask around – you never know who might want to partner with you.
Check it out and see if there’s someone who might be interested in doing a little earth sharing and veggie sharing with you!
What are your garden plans?
Now is a great time to start thinking about your gardening plans. As the earth thaws out, what are you going to plant? Are you going to do a little crop rotation? Trying any new plant varieties?
Let us know in the comments!