Well, I want to thank the Seattle Times for including me in their article concerning an astonishing and wonderful trend both locally and nationally. Everyone knows the economy is the worst we've seen since I was a young boy. Thankfully I was young enough that I don't remember any of the sacrifices my family made for us kids. We never needed anything. We may not have always got what we wanted, but what child should?
What I also remember from that time, is that my mother had a vegetable garden out back. We had a tiny yard, a postage stamp really. But tucked up against the deck, just off the kitchen, she had planted a kitchen garden. Two 4x8 raised beds where she grew onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, to name a few staples. I also remember tomato and onion salads in summer. Little did I know it was because the lettuce probably bolted on her.
I remember that time. And I plan on passing it along to another generation. We, like all of you, are cutting back, sacrificing for the long term. Thankfully I'm still employed, and we can still make ends meet, but if that changes, I plan on being prepared. Last year I grew a fair amount of vegetables. We didn't eat anywhere near what we produced. This year, I don't intend on there being that option. Every SF of my garden will be planted in succession, and what we don't eat, we will preserve, or pass along to friends and family. I've learned what not to do. This season will be full of what TO DO.
Today was a good day for the blaug. Being linked to the second most read story of the day in the Times has it's advantages. Close to 2,000 people showed up today, and my Build-As-You-Grow Potato Bin page jumped from 4,000 hits to over 6,000. Presto, hehe. I hope everyone that saw it got some inspiration to grow something this year. Who cares if it's potatoes or if they use the system I got from Greg Lutovsky and the Seattle Times. What's important is that we save a boat load of money by growing our own produce, and telling the industrial farming complex that we refuse to eat GMO food.
Oh, and if half of those folks come back tomorrow, that would be good too. I'd love to get some more readers out of those folks. This year is going to be exciting. I hope you'll join me as I continue Sinfonian's Garden Adventure!
Enjoy your garden!