You reap what you sew so make sure to tend to your own garden. There is a reason countless sayings incorporate something related to gardens and plants. Gardening is a life force. However, where there is life, there can also be snakes and sin. Gardening has always been a part of the human experience, that is until recent years. Unfortunately, modern culture as a whole has decided to pursue shallow endeavors such as convenience, taste and low price rather than holistic attributes such as nutrients, source, and quality. Gardening has become a favorite past time of mine that I wish more people would indulge in. I find gardening to be a reason to work up a sweat, manage stress, and simply get out of bed. Getting out and gardening also trains the brain to recognize and crave real food for both medicinal and quality of life purposes. Fall in love with what makes us humane, gardening.
Food is culture and culture is how we raise the next generation. I think it is fair to say that we have completely poisoned modern culture, especially on the West side of the globe. Our culture thrives on sugary highs with little to zero regard for sacrificial efforts towards longterm initiatives. Our obsession with the short term has created a breeding ground for toxicity both personally and universally. It seems the majority of modern people have become cheap like a whore and lazy like cow as their food embodies a perfect representation of such a sinful way of living. We have wiped out the good in our culture in an attempt to erase the hunger similar to an antibiotic destroying both the good and bad bacteria. Our culture lacks culture, flavor, nutrients, and purpose while having a surplus of ignorance and negativity. At the root of culture is reoccurring themes of organized historical knowledge. These areas of focus are herbal remedies, spiritual pursuits, communal responsibilities, entertainment and also education. Recently, these systems of culture have become a corrosive bastardized repulsion from the original beauty and purpose that resides within culture. The content we consume will hardwire our biochemical makeup. Choose wisely, your survival and happiness depends on it.
The survival of the fittest is a concept that no longer applies to the species of the Homo Sapien. Darwin’s theory has officially ran out of steam. As society became more advanced, niche tasks were assigned to appropriate contributors to the tribe. Thence a hierarchy was born. Communal tasks were given a cost benefit analysis in relation to the well-being of the community. Under this social structure, people became disconnected from one another as money became a representative value of each person in the culture/society rather than the physical work/labor they produced. People became invisible compared to the mighty dollar. People no longer cared about the quality of their work nor the impact of their work, they just wanted to survive. People slowly stopped taking care of their community directly and indirect economic relationships arose. I believe it is likely that the erosion of communal relationships originated when people stopped being responsible for their own food. With our disconnected food and economic system, people have lost a sense of value to place on food entirely. Gluttony became a natural byproduct since there was no longer personal and social responsibility related to the food consumed. As the quality of food declines, so does the sense of respect for oneself and his/her neighbor. It seems mighty convenient that in a day and age where people seem to be the least empathetic and grateful towards one another, we are simultaneously the most disconnected from the source of our energy via food as well.
Our current food system is unsustainable and flat out unethical. I try to push the least amount of blame onto the political stage regarding problems in our world, but there is some undeniable credit deserved to the FDA and USDA among other politically oriented groups/organizations for the broken food web and unethical dealings of our food and environment. A quick political solution would be to subsidize local healthy foods and implement higher taxes on unhealthy and unsustainable foods. Herbs and spices are basically forms of microdosing for an assortment of immunological and nootropic functions but the AMA has put strict obstructions to the freedom of speech to share such information. Other huge benefits from gardening is the excess Vitamin D absorbed while outside. Both physical health and emotional well-being are heightened when a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is present in the body. Your body also prefers to eat seasonal foods since our digestive organs have adapted to this annual schedule over the many eons. In a day and age where a culture has lost communication with the past, scientifically tested cultural remedies are also lost in translation. Beyond the direct correlation of gardening to personal well-being, the inverse reaction to not gardening is detrimental. We are ruining our planet with microplastics surging into our wildlife and pollution caused by unnecessary transportation of food across the entire world and back before hitting the shelves. A simple solution would be large scale greenhouses locally built. I recently saw a Nordic country implementing this technology proving it to be more efficient and environmentally savvy. We can use temperature controlled greenhouses to replicate any type of weather on this planet. There is simply no need to grow food in an unsustainable manner on the other side of the world to put into a grocery store where 1/2 of it is thrown away. If we developed a more functional supply chain, we wouldn’t have to use the amount of plastics nor preservatives that are currently in use while eradicating the waste produced by our current system. If we got back to our roots, we could plant our feet and grow an optimum future.
Listed below is my current gardening process. I am not an expert, but I am happy to share my setup and get some feedback. I am a true believer that everyone should share what they think they know. Knowledge is meant to be shared for a number of reasons. Not only is this how you become aware of your own misunderstandings/fallacies, it can also bring about innovation. In the pictures listed above are seeds from the past 2 years that are sealed in air tight containers. I have been storing the seeds under my house since the temperature remains around 55-75 degrees year round. From what I’ve read, you can also freeze or burry your seeds as well. I am about a month behind my preferred schedule of starting my seeds as I had hoped to start closer to December, but better late than never. Last year, I built an 8×6 greenhouse allowing me to germinate my seeds sooner and also grow herbs year round. For the germination of the seeds, we wrote the name of each type of seed on a disposable plate and spread out the seeds in between 2 wet paper towels per each type of seed. Each pattern had around 50 seeds on it. In roughly a week, I will cut out the separate germinated seeds out from the paper towel as the seeds will start growing through the fabric of the paper towels and put the hatching seeds in their own small cup of soil to finish out their seedling stage. My plan is to use the greenhouse that I built last year to slowly introduce the plants to the outside weather so to not shock them when I bring them outside. Our soil is a blend of Georgia red clay, compost, chicken poop, top soil, and store bought fertilizer. We keep a compost but most of our table scraps are fed to our neighbors chickens that we help take care of. A few of my beds have sand blended in them as well, mostly for the potatoes. Throughout our garden, we use hoses that leak water to create a drip system. This lowers the amount of water we use while also simplifying the daily task of watering each and every plant. Surrounding 1/2 our garden is a privacy fence with chicken wire stapled to the inside of the fence and the other 1/2 is just chicken wire. This helps keep the critters out, especially our dogs but also those pesky little rabbits. In total, I have 7 beds ranging from 4×4 ft to 12×4 ft. My goal is to eventually become 100% self sustainable. Although this house will not be my self-sustainable dream home, I take this time to make mistakes, learn techniques, acquire equipment, and simply enjoy my time. Take control of your food chain and fall in love with life by learning to love gardening.