Sunday, November 13, 2016

Home gardening

Seriously! I just watched a TV commercial for the Koch brothers. "We will need to grow twice the food on the same amount of land." Why? I ask, and you should too.

Food is, if you ask me, the most important thing that we can do for our health. Quality food is part of health maintenance; just look at how our health has steadily declined since the introduction of modern farming. Cancer, arthritis and other immune system/unhealthy gut symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg of disastrous disorders and diseases.

Why aren't we all growing something? A small garden, even one plant in a container or a windowsill herb garden would be a good start.

I have orange trees that pretty much take care of themselves, and are usually prolific. For about six weeks, everybody I see gets a half dozen or so oranges. Some folks ask for a great big bag full and when I get a real bumper crop, I have a favorite food bank to contribute to. These trees came with my house, and they have taught me how good it feels to give food that I have grown. Sometimes I also grow lettuce or other easy to grow crops. Herbs are easy in my window and in the garden.

My client gave me a bunch of tomatoes that her one huge plant is still offering. (Shhh, don't tell the plant that it's November!) Someone else gifted me with the last of her cucumbers.

Back in the 1970's, My Aunt, Myrna Sossner, was a member of the "Green Guerillas" in NYC. That woman grew an amazing amount of food in her little Manhattan kitchen window. We were so happy for her and her partner when they told us about the vacant lot that her friends were turning into a vegetable garden.

My mother never saw a seed she didn't plant. Of course, many of those crazy seeds, sadly, don't grow anymore. She did recently report three avocado trees from a single avocado pit. We'll see how that plays out.

An apple with more apples in the background
My point is that everyone needs to grow something. Enough to share. Grow for your health, your neighbor's health, and quite frankly the health of the world. Take control of your food so that Koch does not control you.

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