posted on Mar, 10 2011 @ 05:53 AM
Thanks for your comments, everybody. I never expected this thread to garner so many S&F's and positive responses, so I certainly do appreciate it.
One thing that struck me is how pleasant the well-laid-out garden is to look at and (presumably) to spend time in...much nicer than the typical lawn
or parking lot you'd be more likely to find in that kind of environment. I've heard stories before of people who live in suburbs and gated communities
who have been told they can't have food gardens because of this or that regulation; in reality, people seem to think it would be an "eyesore" that
would lower the property value. But the stubbly golfcourse-green lawns and scraggly trees of your typical subdivision generally strike me as far
uglier. I bet the air is fresher and cooler there than anywhere nearby, too.
As for the amount of time and effort it would take...I guess it would depend on exactly what they were growing, right? They look like they are running
a pretty tight ship there, so I'm assuming they have the ability to vary the planting schedule and amounts for different crops in line with whatever
their schedule happens to be. The fact that it takes place in such a small space cuts down the time needed for lots of things, too. No massive fields
to hoe or plough, no irrigation pipes to drag though the muck, assemble, and dissasemble; no fiddling with tractors or hay bailers or tedders or
combines; probably minimal pesticides...they have animals, but not many. I'm not saying it would be easy for anyone to grow so much in that kind
environment, of course, and I think you'd have to have pretty good working knowledge of horticulture to begin with in order to keep that kind of show
running. But nobody says you have to grow 6,000 pounds of food....a few hundred pounds is more than enough for starters I would think
Another thing: With so many jobless young people moving back into their parents' homes, unemployed friends and relatives of all ages, and
soon-to-be-pensionless retirees everywhere given the moribund economy, most people should be able to organize informal gardening brigade to help with
the labor issues in no time. Participants would be be well rewarded for their time and efforts with the beginnings of a new skill-set and armfuls of
produce, to say nothing of the health and community-building benefits.
edit on 3/10/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)