Around September of 2011, I became aware of a growing problem in the country, and across the planet. Its a rather lengthy video, about 20 minutes, but it really opened my eyes. It is here, a humorous and enlightening talk about home gardening and world hunger. In summary, there are more people on the planet now than ever before, and less and less food being grown. There is an inevitable population spike in the next 50 years, and to fed them, we are going to have to grow more in the next fifty years than in the last 10,000 years COMBINED. Our habits have to change, and we have to become more responsible for our food supply.
In 2012, I plan to start doing just that. I had plans to do this on my apartment patio, and now they have expanded for the townhouse. I will not let the fact that I do not own my home become a hindrance to me feeding my family anymore.
On this page, I will lay out my plans and progress for the townhouse gardens.
Right now, in my little shady plots, I will be growing the following:
With luck, I will be able to put in another bed, and grow winter squash and a potato tower.
All of this will be done through a combination of seasonal harvests, containers, and vertical gardening. I want to see just how much of my family's food I can grow myself, and just how capable every American household can be. The folks at urbanhomestead.com grow more than 10,000 lbs of produce every year on less than 1/10 of an acre. Who says we all couldn't do the same?