Spring is Coming

I know what you’re thinking, this winter will never end. But eventually, it will, and we’ll be in shorts before you know it, sipping sweet tea and fanning ourselves.

Maybe this is the year you’ve decided to try some of this urban gardening or simple living that seems to be gaining popularity at every turn. But where to begin? Head to the bookstore or Amazon and fork over $100 for books on gardening, urban homesteading and the like? Rent a van from Home Depot and load it up with brand new supplies for your backyard homestead at top dollar prices?

You could do all that, sure. And you’d be confirming one of the silliest arguments against starting urban gardening projects; that it’s too expensive, and it’s cheaper to just keep getting your food from the big box grocery carnival where 95% of it is processed beyond recognition and every piece of produce has demanded a gallon of gasoline just to get it to your neck of the woods.

That argument is dumb. Reasons:

  1. Growing your own food is primarily about reestablishing your severed connection with the food chain and environment.
  2. Plants don’t care if you used brand new materials to build your garden or with kitty litter containers you found in an alley.
  3. You don’t need to have been raised on a farm to learn the basics of producing your own food.
  4. Because I said so.
I think the prospect of taking control of your own food chain is scary to people. It sounds expensive and prone to failure. Allow me to let you in on a little secret: you will fail. In gardening as in all things, you’re going to mess up. And then you will get better. Such is life. That’s why it’s fun.
The first thing you’ll want to do before you kick off your spring projects is learn more about how to do them. 
Check out some blogs. The internets are full of excellent blogs from homesteaders and people living simple lives that you can learn from on the cheap. Another valuable resource: secondhand bookshops/thrift shops.
I found this gem on a recent trip to our local Goodwill…
What a fantastic find this was. Lots of excellent ideas for small garden projects and growing my own food. And it $3.
I’ve gone the same route that lots of beginners do; thinking that I need to spend a lot of money on starting projects, buying brand new materials and the like. But that was all in my Learning Season, new projects will be made from old palette wood or found materials, thrifty is the name of the game. 
So start sketching out your ideas for an abundant year full of projects and lessons learned. Drop me a comment and tell me what you’ve got planned for the much-needed break in the weather.

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