Should We Be Planting 21st Century "Victory
Decidedly, yes. Unlike WW2, today we are at war
with ourselves, our food supply, and our environment. Each and every one of us
can contribute to reducing global warming and at the same time potentially
lower our food costs by efficiently growing a portion of our own food. All you
need to start is a sunny window, a patio, or a small yard. Aside from being
extremely satisfying, growing your own vegetables and herbs is a win for the
planet and for us.
This approach could even have an impact on the
'saleability' of new housing construction. At home we have a detached garage
that has a two-foot deep organic roof garden. During the fall and winter we
grow swiss chard, broccoli, brussels sprouts and other winter crops on the
roof. In spring and summer, we grow tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers,
melons, artichokes and even lemon grass (for Thai cooking) on the top of our
garage - while the soil insulation keeps the garage cool. We not only enjoy the
produce we grow, but also feel that we are helping in a very small way to make
this world a better place. On a personal level, we practice what we preach.
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