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Container Gardening For Food - "Food Garden" Popularity Rising Ahead of Economic Crisis
June 09, 2010
The growing season in the northern hemisphere is now well underway. With the last frosts over, and the weather getting warmer, gardeners everywhere are eagerly planting, tending and even starting to see the initial fruits of their labour.
In the news...
More people growing their own food
I expect most of us would have figured out by now that our global economic future isn't looking too rosy. Food, fuel, and the general cost of living is rising faster than it has done for years. More and more of us are having to gird up our loins in order to stay on top of things, and now it seems there is talk in the media of hyperinflation becoming a possible reality in the very near future.
Clearly, there has never been a more sensible time to start growing our own food, and from what I have read, seen and through people I have spoken to (including some garden center managers), it would seem that this year, more forward-thinking people than ever before are turning to their gardens to grow their own.
Organic & Backyard Farming to be Outlawed in the US?
If you don't already know about congress bill HR875 I strongly urge you to look it up right away (just type HR875 into Google) and find out from the hundreds of videos and blog entries what it means. It seems to me that the thinking behind it is about as evil as it gets folks!
It talks about the criminalization of backyard food gardens and the elimination of farmers markets as well as outlawing organic growing methods and a whole lot more.
A viral email has recently been circulating the internet outlining the potential horrors of this bill, and despite the "damage control" statements passed out by members of congress to try to alleviate public fears by explaining the bill is just there to "make our food safer", the devil is in the detail of the 250 page bill which is so broad reaching, and seeded with so much red tape and regulation, that small farmers fear it could be the end for them.
It seems the popular conclusion being drawn by those who have studied the bill, is that HR875 is a move by a few big, politically powerful corporations to force smaller competitors out of business under the highly dubious guise of "food safety".
Right now it appears that the only saving grace is proposed bill HB510, soon up for debate, which may propose an amendment to the bill excluding farmers and growers from the new regulations if they earn less than $500k per year.
This is one to keep a very close eye on folks!
Global Gardening Blog
Share your ongoing gardening story and garden pictures!
I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has made blog entries on the Container-Gardening-For-Food.com global gardening Blog so far. It has been fascinating reading all about your own food-growing efforts. Many of you have also passed-on lots of helpful tips and advice which has been invaluable to myself and others!
If you do your own food gardening, the "Global Gardening Blog" is for you! It's a place where You can share with the rest of the world your gardening endeavours, advice, tips, hints, successes or failures. You can also receive comments from fellow gardeners, and make comments on their entries.
Video DiariesAs you may know, my tiny suburban patio garden is the focal point for the Container-Gardening-For-Food.com website. It is a living, breathing experiment to see just how much food I can produce in one growing season.
As the summer progresses, I am now producing a bi-weekly video diary which will be featured on the home page of the website.
The videos show the ongoing progress of the food growing, and I usually pass on my thoughts about how it's all going.
To see the latest video diary you can go here:
Fabulous Book All About Growing TomatoesI've recently discivered a great book called "How to Grow the Best Juicy Tasty Tomatoes". It is written by a world renowned horticulturist who advises professional growers.
It covers everything from disease, pests or soil problems to using the wrong fertilizers at the wrong growth stages, right and wrong pruning, correct watering, and preventing deformities as well as a myriad or other priceless, and less-known tips used only by the big professional growers.
The book comes highly recommended and is well worth a peek.
Recent articles added to the
Growing Green Beans
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