posted on Feb, 14 2013 @ 08:36 PM
Buy local, you support your neighbors that way and won't pay additional transportation costs.
I encourage everyone to look into aquaponics; it's the 'new new' thing and Youtube and Google are full of information on how to do it; no need to take
a course but likely as not your local county has information and assistance available for the asking.
It uses 5% of the water of traditional gardens and can be done on any land at all; even a parking lot. Basically, you stock a tank with fish either
for harvesting themselves, or koi or goldfish, and then run the nutrient-full fish water through tanks that you float rafts in; the rafts have holes
in them in which you put the plants; watery plants like lettuces, etc, work very well this way; alternatively you can pump the fish water through
gravel beds and grow more substantial plants like tomatoes, even bananas or fruit trees depending on your growing season. Add a hoop covering and you
extend your season by a month on either side and in half the US, you can probably grow at least lettuces all year round. As you harvest the full
grown plants, you sow new seedlings and thus have a continuous supply. The work for a family would be perhaps a half hour a day (and educational for
children) and if you have the room it can be upgraded to a commercial operation that can support a family. By 'the room' I'm talking a quarter or
If you want to get into vermiculture on top of it, you can feed the worms to both the fish and chickens and save on their feed, also. Once you've set
the system up, your only cost is a bit of electricity to run pumps. Obviously, you need sunlight but most people have at least some of that
Also, for anyone gardening, you can buy non-GMO heirloom seeds from some companies by the 1/4 or 1/2 lb for very little money. You don't have to buy
those tiny seed packages for exorbitant prices and of course, save your own seeds. Check out the website 'Seedstock.com' for lots of startup
information, heavy on aquaponics and urban gardening, where you take advantage of selling right to the end buyer which enables you to sell at greater
than wholesale prices but lower then retail - win-win.
Edited to add: No hoeing, bending, weeding or soil needed
Have I convinced you yet?
edit on 14-2-2013 by signalfire because: as above.