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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

#6 Build a garden

Many of you already have a garden, some of you do not.

I have found it easy to start a small garden even if you don't own a house. I had a small planter-based garden in an old apartment long ago. Three 3gal. planters with a tomato, some lettuce, and some chives. It was a simple start, but as you get more land, you will/should want to make a larger garden, even a group of raised beds is a good start.

In front of my house the road is divided by an island. This island had been nothing but weeds for years, maintained by the city quarterly at best. I use the word maintained loosely, they weed-eatered it. We decided to take it back from the city and turn it into a fruit and spice garden. We stripped the top layer of weeds/landscape-plastic off and laid new cloth and top-soil. Now we have raspberries, blueberries, peaches, cherries, asian pears, and myriad spices growing out there.

You can find space, you just have to look.

The fresh veggies and fruit are well worth the minimal work required.