In her wise and elegant new book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” Dr. Jane Goodall with Gail Hudson, blends her experience in nature with her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us. Continuing their exploration here, Dr. Goodall provides ideas and inspiration for what readers can do to get involved in and protect the world of plants.
Food straight from the home garden often tastes better and is more nutritious. But more importantly, growing your own organic food is a direct action you can take to unhook from the industrial food complex while reducing your carbon footprint. Fortunately you can grow your own food whether you have backyard, a fire escape, a balcony, or even just a windowsill. There are numerous resources to get you started on growing your own groceries, including the National Home Gardening Association’s Food Gardening Guide
Here are some suggestions for those who have little to no yard space:
- Join an existing community garden or get to know your neighbors and collaborate with them to plant a community garden or “P-Patch.” Visit the American Community Garden’s website to learn how to get started.
- Use social media to connect with people who have gardening space to share. Sharing Backyards has a national database of people offering garden space to share.
- “Vertical gardens” don’t require soil and uses 10% less water than conventional methods. There are many structures available for sale. Garden Up manufactures vertical containers that hold as few as 8 food plants and as many as 72.
- You can even grow a fair amount of fresh produce in pots or window boxes.
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