A Handbook to "Produce Your Own Organic Food" by Robert Bluett
(Beginning to Create Food Self Sufficiency)
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The Benefits of Food Gardening
Food gardening provides food for the table:
These will supply essential nutrients: carbohydrates (Starches) Vitamins and minerals, and a certain amount of vegetable protein for a balanced diet.
The trench method saves the expense of buying compost. Where necessary, a spade and other tools can be shared. It is a way to recycle organic waste and creates the most nutriment-rich soil in which to grow your own vegetables. (Organic matter includes the peels from the vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin potatoes, etc, as well as uneaten food that you do not wish to keep.) This leaves only the cost of seed and water. And with some vegetables, you can just re-plant or take seeds off older plants. Vegetables generally take between eight and twenty weeks before they are ready to harvest, but continuous planting every few weeks can ensure a regular food supply, and various crops can be grown throughout all seasons. It, therefore, aids the general health and welfare of families in an easy-to-learn, quick and inexpensive way. Organically grown vegetables, fresh from the garden, are the best obtainable food source.
Gardening is a pleasant occupation. The exercise, the sunshine, and fresh air are good for the body, and it also soothes the mind.
For children, it can channel youthful energy, teaches responsibility, and brings a sense of pride and achievement. It occupies their free time. They also learn about and come to respect the soil, plants, and nature.
The deep trench method is a way of putting “good things” into the soil to make it fertile. The trench-bed method is a specific simplified form of trench gardening, providing food for the soil and helping it to retain water, that is, it is a drought-resistant method, particularly suited for hot climates.
The initial digging takes a fair amount of time and energy, but if done according to the instructions, the bed will remain fertile for up to five years. It is best if the length of the bed runs from North to South, that is the rows run from East to West, and larger plants placed on the Southern side so as not to block the sun from the smaller plants – in the Southern Hemisphere, and on the Northern side in the Northern side.
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