Pray for Rain

I was just flipping through the TV channels and Fox 40 had a report of the drought in California and how the veggie prices were going to be higher because farmers are not planting as much. WHAT!!! This concerned me. So I searched the internet to find the whole story. The same story, from the Associated Press, is all over the internet.

Part of the story says, “Consumers may pay more for spring lettuce and summer melons in grocery stores across the country now that California farmers have started abandoning their fields in response to a crippling drought.” It’s time folks, we need to grow our own.

You can grow in containers, flower boxes or raised beds. It’s really not that hard as long as you have at least 6 hours of sun. If you don’t have the sun exposure you can join or start a community garden at a church or school or join a CSA farm. We know we will be providing shares this year, but we aren’t sure how many and every year we have to turn people away, so now’s the time to start a garden for yourself.

We plan on giving classes, just haven’t yet because we weren’t sure where to have them. We wanted a place to accommodate at least 25 people. I think we are going to just have to start and have many small classes at our farm and see how they go. We need to get started, so you can.

Our classes will be basic gardening with the Square Foot Gardening Method (SFG). We chose this way of gardening because it’s easy to understand, you use less water and seeds than conventional gardening and there is less work, plus you’ll grow more. The soil you currently have does not matter as you will be making your own. You can also grow in containers, or build boxes with legs for table top gardens. We plan to have a few of these on our deck, for herbs and flowers.

But, in the meantime, check out the seed catalogs or go to the nursery and order seeds of veggies you like or want to try. Check out the Square Foot Gardening website, the library or buy the book, either from us or your local bookstore.

I promise, it’s a super easy way to grow your own food. We had a large, raised bed as our demo box last season and everything in that box grew better than the same veggies in the ground. Plus, we are looking forward to not having to deal with gophers and moles in the beds.

Something we may have not mentioned in the past, Mel Bartholomew of SFG, teaches in many third world countries, where they don’t have the resources we have in the US, and they are able to produce food for themselves. I know we can too.

I’m not trying to scare you or talk you into SFG, but things are changing and we need to be ready. Attached, for your information, is Mel’s list for Preparedness Gardening. If you have any questions, ask us, we are here to help.

GARDEN: Rain and the family emergency has caused us to slow down. But we are going to be working on Tuesday once again. We really thank all of you who responded to our email asking for volunteer help. We have a couple of things that need to get ready first and then we will schedule a Sunday to make Mel’s Mix. We really appreciate all of you who volunteered, we’ll be contacting you shortly.

And thanks to all of you who enjoy these newsletters. We enjoy researching, learning and sharing.

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