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Should We Be Planting 21st Century "Victory Gardens"?

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.

At home we have a detached garage that has a two-foot deep organic roof garden. For several years from 2010-2015 during fall and winter we grew swiss chard, broccoli, brussels sprouts and other winter crops on the roof. In spring and summer, we grew tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, artichokes and even lemon grass (for Thai cooking) on the top of our garage. We did this to investigate the efficacy of organic gardening on a small scale. Produce that we grew tasted decidedly better than store bought produce. But it might not be cost effective to grow certain vegetabes by  on a small scale. From a practical point of view one needs to consider the overall cost of growing a part of one's food on a small scale. Continue Reading

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