The big argument from the agricultural companies & governments has been that of scale. Can organic farming supply the nation with enough food? It's a big question, but it's one that's been answered numerous times by experts such as Joel Salatin and the answer is that yes, if we work within nature's laws to produce food organically, & we encourage families to grow at least a portion of their food supply, we can become sustainably organic.Our passion at Urban Food Garden is to help families achieve self-reliance with food, or at least a significant portion of it. With even a relatively small space, you can grow a significant amount of produce to save dollars, time & health!
In today's story we're giving you 5 steps to establishing your Urban Food Garden.
Select your future garden's space carefully. Think about how much room you'll need, & think about aspects such as light, water drainage & pest control. To ensure you can grow organically, it would make sense to be able to control that environment, so planting in your front yard right next to the driveway or council area might result in your crop being covered with pest sprays or petrol fumes! Think about which other plants you already have that might be naturally pest resistant (hey, have a look at this article for natural pest control).
Soil is everything. Biodynamic principles have taught us this over a long time without good soil it is impossible to have strong, healthy plants. It's very similar to the human relationship with the microbes in our guts they provide 80-90% of our immune system if you want your plants to have string immune systems & good nutrition, you'll need to ensure their microbes are healthy, too. Start preparing your soil with a composting system (check out this article) which will naturally foster the growth of soil microbes. You may choose to purchase soil or purchase a pot, for that we recommend our Urban Food Garden pod, as these contain powerful soil varieties & non-leeching materials for the container.
Planting an organic garden does involve sticking to non-hybridised, non-gmo, healthy seedlings. If you can find heirloom varieties, which have been carefully protected over time & usually contain superior nutrition to other varieties, then that's fantastic! These plants will normally respond better to your healthy, organic soil, too. Be smart about how you sew the seeds creating early successes will keep you motivated to continue your urban food garden project.
Where will you get your water from to nourish your plants? Will it be from the tap? If so, know that there are strong chemicals in your tap water (required for ensuring its cleanliness) which will have a negative impact on your soil microbes, subsequently impacting your plant health. Have a think about installing a rainwater tank so that you can reap the benefits of energising rainwater. Every gardener knows that no water waters like rainwater. Plus, if you have a gutter system with decomposing leaves, bird poop & the likes (very common) then you'll naturally have al sorts of microbes thriving in your tank, which is great for your soil! Importantly, these sometimes pathogenic (harmful) microbes are easily killed by the strong sunlight your garden received over time, so your plants won't be contaminated by the time you harvest.
This is an obvious one for all gardeners. The strategies you choose to apply when it comes to pest control have a large influence on your garden's status. Unfortunately, the organic industry these days does allow certain chemicals to be sprayed onto large scale farms, so we encourage you to stick to natural methods like those we outline in this blog here.Organic agriculture is the way of the future because without it, we're heading for some serious environmental & social challenges. As always, rather than wait for change to come from the top down, as concerned citizens we need to take control of our future & start living an organic lifestyle now! The first step? Starts with your garden.
If you need help establishing an Urban Food Garden, give us a call!The UFG Team.
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